Juan Carlos Martinez Camarillo, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

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Juan Carlos Martinez Camarillo MD, is a retinal surgeon and researcher, that works at the interface of medicine and biomedical engineering, focusing on the development of novel ophthalmic therapeutics. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at USC Roski Eye Institute and Director of the Translational Research In Vivo Core Facility at USC Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. His multidisciplinary translational research includes drug development of new therapies to improve and treat diabetic retinopathy, choroidal neovascularization as well as developing anti-inflammatory, pro-resolving, and regenerative therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa and ocular trauma. Dr. Martinez is also a collaborator in clinical studies for ocular trauma and stem cell-based therapy for advanced stages of dry age-related macular degeneration.
Dr. Martinez Camarillo has numerous publications, book chapters, co-editor of three ophthalmology books covering a wide range of areas from refractive surgery to selected topics in ophthalmology, patents and several talks and presentations in national and international ophthalmology conferences. Before moving to California and joining USC Roski Eye Institute, Dr. Martinez Camarillo was an Associate Professor in both, retina and vitreous fellowship and ophthalmology residency programs at the National Rehabilitation Institute (Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación) endorsed by the National Autonomous University (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in Mexico City.


  • USC Keck School of Medicine: Dean’s Pilot Funding Program, 2022
  • USC Roski Eye Institute: President Award for Outstanding Faculty Teaching and Dedicated Service, 2022
  • La Salle University: La Salle University Scholarship, 2016
  • Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Ophthalmology: Excellent Case Presentation, 2015
  • V INR Residents Congress (Ophthalmology): First prize for Best Research Thesis, 2010


  • Polarized RPE Secretome Preserves Photoreceptors in Retinal Dystrophic RCS Rats Cells. 2023 06 22; 12(13). . View in PubMed
  • Stimulation of the healing process on the retinal pigment epithelium after R:GEN with RTF technology 2023. . View in PubMed
  • Development of a Surgical Technique for Subretinal Implants in Rats J Vis Exp. 2022 Dec 02; (190). . View in PubMed
  • An Oral Polyphenol Formulation to Modulate the Ocular Surface Inflammatory Process and to Improve the Symptomatology Associated with Dry Eye Disease Nutrients. 2022 Aug 07; 14(15). . View in PubMed
  • Survival of an HLA-mismatched, bioengineered RPE implant in dry age-related macular degeneration Stem Cell Reports. 2022 03 08; 17(3):448-458. . View in PubMed
  • Development of Moderate Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MIFU) for Ocular Drug Delivery BME Front. 2022; 2022:9840678. . View in PubMed
  • Tissue Engineering Strategies for Retina Regeneration Appl Sci (Basel). 2021 Mar; 11(5). . View in PubMed
  • In Vivo Experimental and Analytical Studies for Bevacizumab Diffusion Coefficient Measurement in the Rabbit Vitreous Humor J Heat Transfer. 2021 Mar 01; 143(3):032101. . View in PubMed
  • High resolution optical coherence elastography of retina under prosthetic electrode Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2021 Mar; 11(3):918-927. . View in PubMed
  • Long-Term Transplant Effects of iPSC-RPE Monolayer in Immunodeficient RCS Rats Cells. 2021 10 29; 10(11). . View in PubMed
  • Xeno-free cryopreservation of adherent retinal pigmented epithelium yields viable and functional cells in vitro and in vivo Sci Rep. 2021 03 18; 11(1):6286. . View in PubMed
  • Co-grafts of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Retina Organoids and Retinal Pigment Epithelium for Retinal Reconstruction in Immunodeficient Retinal Degenerate Royal College of Surgeons Rats Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:752958. . View in PubMed
  • Blocking Ocular Sympathetic Activity Inhibits Choroidal Neovascularization Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:780841. . View in PubMed
  • Sympathetic Effects of Internal Carotid Nerve Manipulation on Choroidal Vascularity and Related Measures Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019 10 01; 60(13):4303-4309. . View in PubMed
  • A new immunodeficient retinal dystrophic rat model for transplantation studies using human-derived cells Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov; 256(11):2113-2125. . View in PubMed
  • Stereological Method in Optical Coherence Tomography for In Vivo Evaluation of Laser-Induced Choroidal Neovascularization Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018 09 01; 49(9):e65-e74. . View in PubMed
  • Structural and Functional Characterization of Human Stem-Cell-Derived Retinal Organoids by Live Imaging Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 07 01; 58(9):3311-3318. . View in PubMed
  • Long-term follow-up of photoreceptor loss and recovery after half-fluence photodynamic therapy for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2015; 9(2):109-13. . View in PubMed
  • One-Year Feasibility Study of Replenish MicroPump for Intravitreal Drug Delivery: A Pilot Study Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2014 May; 3(4):8. . View in PubMed