BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Steven J. Fliesler, PhD, Meyer H. Riwchun
Endowed Chair Professor of Ophthalmology in the University at
Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been
honored by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
(ARVO) as a 2014 ARVO Gold Fellow.
He will be formally inducted during the 2014 ARVO Annual Meeting
in May in Orlando.
The association’s gold-tier honorees represent the top 1
percent of its nearly 13,000 members from more than 80 countries,
placing him in an elite group of international vision
A UB faculty member since 2008, Fliesler is an internationally
recognized scientist and current president of the International
Society for Eye Research. He is vice chair and director of research
for UB’s Department of Ophthalmology. He also directs
research for UB’s Ira G. Ross Eye Institute Vision Research
Center, housed in the Veterans Administration Western New York
Healthcare System, where Fliesler also is a research health
A prolific researcher, Fliesler has been studying cholesterol
metabolism in the retina for more than 30 years. For the past two
decades, the National Institutes of Health has funded his
pioneering studies into retinal dysfunction and degeneration
associated with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, a rare, sometimes
deadly, birth defect.
A member of ARVO for 40 years, Fliesler now chairs its Retinal
Cell Biology Section and Publications Committee.
Fliesler lives in Elmwood Village in Buffalo.