Baruch D. KuppermannMD, PhD
Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD is the Roger F. Steinert Professor, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine. He also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. After earning his PhD in neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology and his medical degree at the University of Miami in Florida, Dr Kuppermann completed his internship at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Southern California Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles. In addition, he completed fellowships in the retina and vitreous at St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland and at the University of California, San Diego.
His laboratory research focuses on assessing the toxicity of drugs on retinal cells in culture, including various vital stains, steroids, and anti-VEGF compounds. More recently, the lab has modified its focus to study the effect of mitochondrial genetics on retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular oedema. He is also active in the development of drug delivery systems for the posterior segment through collaborative work with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. Dr. Kuppermann has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in the United States and Europe, and has given several named lectureships. He is also extensively involved in clinical research, having served as Principal Investigator in many trials evaluating new drugs and technologies for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.
Dr Kuppermann is listed as one of the best doctors in America, as well as one of the "Best Ophthalmologists in Orange County" by Orange Coast Magazine. He is a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Lancet, Ophthalmology, Retina, and Survey of Ophthalmology.