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Aaron Nagiel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Pediatrics
4650 Sunset Blvd. Off Campus Los Angeles

Overview

As a surgeon specializing in retinal disorders of childhood and adolescence, Dr. Aaron Nagiel joins the USC Roski Eye Institute with a commitment to providing the highest quality care in a compassionate manner to his patients and their families. He complements this clinical expertise with an active laboratory and translational research program that is developing novel therapeutic approaches for children with diseases of the retina and vitreous.

Dr. Aaron Nagiel earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University summa cum laude, and then underwent combined MD and PhD training at Cornell University and The Rockefeller University in New York City. His PhD work was supported by an NIH fellowship and contributed to our understanding of how synapses form in the developing brain. After an internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Nagiel completed both ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at the renowned Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.

He leads an active research program aimed towards developing better ways to treat pediatric retinal diseases through state-of-the-art imaging, advanced surgical devices, and novel treatments including gene therapy and stem cell-based therapy. He has authored two book chapters on the therapeutic use of stem cells for retinal disease and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Nagiel serves as a reviewer for major ophthalmology journals and an editor of the textbook Cellular Therapies for Retinal Disease: A Strategic Approach. He is a recipient of the prestigious Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship and the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award, as well as numerous departmental awards during his time at UCLA including the Robert E. Christensen Research Award, the Pepose-Saltzman Young Investigator Award, and Excellence in Research Awards.

Awards

Allergan FIRST (Fostering Innovative Retina Stars of Tomorrow) Fellowship

Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award

Jules Stein Eye Institute: Excellence in Research Award, 2016

Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship

Jules Stein Eye Institute: Pepose-Saltzman Young Investigator ARVO Award, 2014-2015

Heed Foundation Residents Retreat Participant

ARVO National Eye Institute Travel Grant

Jules Stein Eye Institute: Excellence in Research Award, 2014

Jules Stein Eye Institute: Robert E. Christensen Research Award, 2013

The Rockefeller University: Sumi Koide Travel Fellowship, 2010

Finalist, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

John Harvard Scholarship

Harvard University: Detur Prize, 2001

Publications

VITRECTOMY-ASSISTED BIOPSY FOR MOLECULAR PROGNOSTICATION OF CHOROIDAL MELANOMA 2 MM OR LESS IN THICKNESS WITH A 27-GAUGE CUTTER. Retina. 2017 Jul; 37(7):1377-1382. View in: PubMed

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EARLY DETECTION OF RETINAL HEMANGIOBLASTOMAS IN VON HIPPEL-LINDAU DISEASE USING ULTRA-WIDEFIELD FLUORESCEIN ANGIOGRAPHY. Retina. 2017 Mar 30. View in: PubMed

Deformation of Optic Nerve Head and Peripapillary Tissues by Horizontal Duction. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Feb; 174:85-94. View in: PubMed

PARANEOPLASTIC VITELLIFORM MACULOPATHY IN THE SETTING OF CHOROIDAL MELANOMA: EVOLUTION OVER ONE YEAR. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Winter; 11 Suppl 1:S7-S10. View in: PubMed

THE SPECTRUM OF AMALRIC TRIANGULAR CHOROIDAL INFARCTION. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Winter; 11 Suppl 1:S113-S120. View in: PubMed

ULTRA-WIDEFIELD FUNDUS IMAGING: A Review of Clinical Applications and Future Trends. Retina. 2016 Apr; 36(4):660-78. View in: PubMed

Isolated Zygomycetes Endophthalmitis: A Case Report. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec; 31(6):e145-7. View in: PubMed

A Promising Future for Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Jun; 133(6):629-30. View in: PubMed

Type 3 neovascularization: evolution, association with pigment epithelial detachment, and treatment response as revealed by spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Retina. 2015 Apr; 35(4):638-47. View in: PubMed

RESOLUTION OF A GIANT PIGMENT EPITHELIAL DETACHMENT WITH HALF-DOSE AFLIBERCEPT. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2015; 9(4):269-72. View in: PubMed

Mechanism of retinal pigment epithelium tear formation following intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy revealed by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Nov; 156(5):981-988. e2. View in: PubMed

Retinopathy of prematurity residency training. Ophthalmology. 2012 Dec; 119(12):2644-5. e1-2. View in: PubMed

Thrombophilia in patients with retinoblastoma receiving ophthalmic artery chemosurgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec; 130(12):1605-8. View in: PubMed

Activity-independent specification of synaptic targets in the posterior lateral line of the larval zebrafish. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Dec 22; 106(51):21948-53. View in: PubMed

The transmembrane inner ear (Tmie) protein is essential for normal hearing and balance in the zebrafish. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Dec 15; 106(50):21347-52. View in: PubMed

Specificity of afferent synapses onto plane-polarized hair cells in the posterior lateral line of the zebrafish. J Neurosci. 2008 Aug 20; 28(34):8442-53. View in: PubMed

Small interfering RNA-mediated down-regulation of caveolin-1 differentially modulates signaling pathways in endothelial cells. J Biol Chem. 2004 Sep 24; 279(39):40659-69. View in: PubMed

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