Leadership

The Tolentino Eye Research Foundation is a foundation dedicated to prevention of eye disease.  Founded by Dr. Michael Tolentino and Dr. Felipe Tolentino to inform and educate the public about the best ways to prevent unnecessary eye disease.

Michael Tolentino, M.D.

Recognized Expert in New Therapies for Retinal and Macular Diseases
Dr. Michael Tolentino is helping to develop eyedrops for wet macular degeneration, novel treatments for dry macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
He helped to develop all current treatments for wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, including Avastin, Lucentis, Macugen and Verteporfin. He was first in the world to test Avastin in a model of eye disease 15 years ago.
Dr. Tolentino has more than 80 peer reviewed publications and 5 issued patents.
As a clinical investigator he has been principal investigator on over 70 clinical research studies evaluating new drug treatments for wet and dry macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.
He invented Bevasiranib a drug being tested for wet AMD by OPKO health. He founded Acuity Pharmaceuticals which merged to become OPKO health.

Teaching and Training Doctors
Dr. Tolentino is scientific advisor and consultant for several pharmaceutical companies. He lectures internationally on new therapies for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and has delivered over 100 invited lectures in over 15 countries.
At the University of Pennsylvania, he was principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded lab, directed the retina service at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital, and served as Assistant Professor and surgical teacher for ophthalmology residents and the director of the retinal surgical fellowship.

Education
Surgical Retina Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania
Ophthalmology Residency: Harvard Medical School
Internship: Harvard Medical School
Retina Research Fellowship: Harvard Medical School
Medical School: University of Massachusetts, M.D.
Undergraduate: Brown University, BA

Honors
Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
Americas Best Doctor and Strathmores Who’s Who
Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine 2010 Medical Researcher of the Year
Charles Schepens Research Award Most Outstanding Research Paper
Honor Graduate Brown University
Sigma Xi (Science Honor Society)

Professional Memberships
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
American Association of Ophthalmology
Board Member Association of Filipino Ophthalmologists in America