ECS Co-Chairs

Early Career Section Co-Chairs

Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD, FASRS

Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD, is an adult and pediatric vitreoretinal surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital / Mid Atlantic Retina, and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He received his MD with honors from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was recognized with the Edward Norton Award in Ophthalmology and grants from Fight for Sight and the National Eye Institute. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, and subsequently underwent fellowship training at William Beaumont Hospital / Associated Retinal Consultants, where he received national awards including those from the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, Ronald G. Michels Foundation, and the Retina Society. 

He serves as the co-chair of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) Early Career Section, as well as on the ASRS Fellowship Directors Committee, and the Executive Committee for the Vit Buckle Society, where he is also the Vice President for Academic Programing. Dr. Yonekawa is an active member of the Retina Society, Macula Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Vail Vitrectomy, and the Association of Pediatric Retina Specialists. He has received numerous recognitions, including the ASRS Senior Honor Award, AAO Achievement Award, and The Ophthalmologist Power List of Rising Stars.

Dr. Yonekawa has contributed over 250 original papers, editorials, and book chapters to the field. He serves as an assistant editor for RETINA, deputy editor for Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases, and section editor for Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina, and Review of Ophthalmology. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, is co-editor of Retina Roundup and the Vit Buckle Academy, and section editor for several textbooks, including Albert and Jakobiec. He maintains a visiting professorship with Kyorin University in Japan. 

Mrinali Gupta, MD, FASRS

Dr. Mrinali Gupta is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Retina Associates of Orange County (Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana).  Prior to relocating to California, Dr. Gupta served for 5 years as Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where she also served as Director of the Medical Retina Fellowship Program and was the recipient of the Ophthalmology Residency Program “Faculty Teacher of the Year” award.   

Dr. Gupta serves as Vice President of Education on the Executive Committee of Vit-Buckle Society, an international professional society, and on several Education Committees of the American Society of Retina Specialists. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Retina Society. Dr. Gupta is actively involved in translational and clinical research, with numerous national and international presentations and lectures, over 80 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Gupta received her undergraduate education at Duke University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree at Duke University, where she received the E. Arthur Palumbo Scholarship and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Academic Honor Society. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar, Dr. Gupta conducted macular degeneration research for one year at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Gupta completed internship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She completed ophthalmology residency training at Harvard Medical School / Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, followed by a 2-year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. During her fellowship, Dr. Gupta was a recipient of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship and of the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award.