Steven Cohen, MD Curriculum Vitae

1997-2023          Partner Retina-Vitreous Associates of Florida, Clearwater, FL.
2014-2023          Vice-President          Drug Delivery Company, LLC
2012-2023          President Retina Gallery, LLC
2009-2023          Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
1994-1996                 Associate                 Retina Associates of Florida, Clearwater, FL.

1993-1994     Fellow            Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL. Surgical retina fellowship.
1992-1993     Fellow            Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL.  Medical retina fellowship.
1989-1992     Resident       University of California, Davis, Department of Ophthalmology, Sacramento, CA.
1988-1989     Intern            Transitional Program, The Miriam Hospital, Brown University, Providence, RI.
1984-1988     Student         Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.  M.D. in Hematology-Oncology, Graduated from the Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology.  Graduate thesis Vitamin D and Retinoblastoma.
1980-1984     Student         Harvard College, Cambridge, MA.  B.A. in Applied Mathematics with Honors.

May, 2014                  American Board of Ophthalmology (re-certification)
May, 2004                  American Board of Ophthalmology (re-certification)
May, 1994                  American Board of Ophthalmology

September, 2016                  Patent Number (device) 9,452,083 and (method) 9,445,941

A bioresorbable drug eluting intravitreal implant system includes a syringe with a chamber containing a medicinal drug. A balloon is releasably secured to a needle where the needle has a central section chamber in fluid communication with a chamber in the syringe. The needle central section has an opening formed through a wall for transporting the medicinal drug to the interior of the balloon subsequent to insertion of the needle through the sclera of a patient’s eye.

2013 – 2023              Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America®
2013-2023                     Most Compassionate Doctor – Vitals American Registry
2014-2023                     Castle Connoly Best Doctor (US News and World Report)
2015                          Honor Award – American Academy of Ophthalmology
2011                          David D. Donaldson Clinical Faculty Teaching Award USF
2009-2010               President – Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society
1987                           Lion’s Ophthalmic Research Fellowship
1984                           Kirkland House Master’s Award
1981-1984                Harvard Scholarship
1980                           Bausch and Lomb Medal for Science Achievement
1979                           High Honors, A Model of the Universe: The expansion of which is attributed to a force exerted by space. Presented at the Science Teachers Association of New York State, May 18, 1979. The existence of this expansile force has been verified and it is now known as Dark Energy.

2003-2023             Preceptor, Longitudinal Clinical Experience, University of South Florida.  One half day weekly a first or second year student spends time in my office seeing and discussing patients in my private retina clinic.
1994-2023             Preceptor, Fluorescein Conference, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL.  First Friday of each month, all ophthalmology residents, teaching conference.  Present and discuss photograph and fluorescein angiograms from interesting retinal cases from clinical practice.
1994-2023             Lecturer, Resident morning conference, University of South Florida Department of Ophthalmology morning conference once or twice yearly.  One to 2 hour lecture on retina topic for all ophthalmology residents.
1994-1996                 Attending, Resident VA Hospital and All Children’s Hospital retina clinic, four times yearly at either VA Hospital in Tampa or All Children’s Hospital.  Half day as attending of resident clinic.

Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, Expert Review of Ophthalmology (New Journal)

1990-2023                 American Academy of Ophthalmology
1986-2023                 American Medical Association
1996-2023                 American Society of Retinal Specialists (aka Vitreous Society)
1994-2023                 Tampa Bay Ophthalmic Society
1994-2023                 Florida Medical Society
1994-2023                 Florida Society of Ophthalmology
1999-2010                 American Association for the Advancement of Science
1994-2006                 Pinellas County Medical Society
1996-2005                 American Diabetes Association
1995-2005                 Nantucket Retina Society
1989-2003                 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
1989-1992                 Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
1989-1992                 California Association of Ophthalmology
1989-1992                 Alta, Northern California Ophthalmic Society
1989-1991                 California Medical Association
1986-1990                 Massachusetts Medical Society

Largo Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital, All Children’s Hospital, and Countryside Surgery Center

2014-2023         TOGA: Treatment with Oracea for Geographic Atrophy: Phase II/III Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of daily oral administration of doxycycline (ORACEA) vs placebo in subjects with GA, Investigator.

2014-2023         Ophthotech Protocol OPH1004A: A Phase 3 Randomized, Double-Masked, Controlled Trial to Establish the Safety and Efficacy of Intravitreous Administration of Fovista (Anti PDGF-B Pegylated Aptamer) Administered in Combination with Either Avastin or Eylea Monotherapy in Subjects with Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Investigator.

2014-2023         Thrombogenics Protocol TG-MV-018: Ocriplasmin Research to Better Inform Treatment (ORBIT) Phase 4 Trial, Investigator.

2014-2023         Genentech/Roche Protocol GX29185: A Phase III, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Masked, Sham-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Lampalizumab Administered Intravitreally to Patients with Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Investigator.

1992-1994                 Study of the Ocular Complications of AIDS  (SOCA)
1992-1994                 Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study  (COMS)
2005-2007                 Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCRnet)

Carey A and Cohen SM.  Paracentral acute middle maculopathy in birdshot chorioretinopathy: a novel assocation. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports 10:151–153, 2016.

Cohen SM.  Co-occurence of acute retinal artery occlusion and acute ischemic stroke: diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging study. Am J Ophthalmol 2014;October 158:850.

Cohen SM, Billiris-Findlay K, Eichenbaum DA, Pautler SE.  Topical lidocaine gel with and without subconjunctival lidocaine injection for intravitreal injection: a within-patient study. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2014 Jul-Aug;45(4):306-10.

Cohen SM. Dislocated Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens Management: A new technique using buried-suture and buried-knot transscleral suture fixation without a scleral tunnel or flap. Retina Today October 2013: 58-66.

Cohen SM. New insights into the pathoanatomy of diabetic macular edema: Angiographic patterns and optical coherence tomography. Retina 2013;33(4):893.

Cohen SM. Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Macular Hole Surgery: Internal Limiting Membrane Peeling Based on pre-operative SD-OCT. Retina Today, January 2013.

Cohen SM. Vascular Remodeling in Central Retinal Vein Occlusion following Laser Induced Chorioretinal Anastomosis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2013;131:403-404.

Witmer M, Cohen SM.  Oral Anticoagulation and the Risk of Vitreous Hemorrhage and Retinal Tears in Eyes with Acute Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Retina. 2013;33:621–626.

Cohen SM. SD-OCT–Guided Macular Hole Surgery. Retina Today. January 2013.

Nichols-Kay C, Pavan PR, Small LB, Zhang T, Zamba GK, Cohen SM. Prevalence of Familial Trends in Population with Macular Holes. Retina 2012;32:754–759.

Davis A, Cohen SM, Pautler SE, Billiris-Findlay K, Eichenbaum DA. Beta Blocker Use and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Acta Ophthalmologica. 2012;90:232-233.

Ascaso FJ, Rojo M, Minguez E, Cohen SM, and Yang SS. Bilateral Idiopathic Multifocal Serous Neurosensory Retinal Detachments Resembling Central Serous Chorioretinopathy: Complete Resolution with Corticosteroids. Retina. 2011;3:616-622.

Cohen SM, Reichel E, Arroyo JG, and Lujan BJ.. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges: Tractional Retinal Detachment and Staphyloma. Retina. 2011;1:184-187.

Cohen SM.  Multiple evanescent white dot syndrome after vaccination for human papilloma virus and meningococcus.  J. Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2009 Jun 25. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20090616-01. Epub 2009 Jun 25. PMID: 19645392

Cohen SM.  Perfluoron and silicone oil for complex retinal detachments. Retinal Physician. November/December 2009:51-54,69.

Cohen SM. Optical coherenence tomography in non-proliferative group 2a idiopathic juxtafovealretinal telangiectasis. (letter) Retina 2008:28;368-370.

Cohen SM, Cohen ML, El-Jabali, F, Pautler, SE.  Optical coherence tomography findings in non-proliferative group 2a idiopathic juxtafoveal retinal telangiectasis. Retina 27:59-66, 2007.

Cohen SM, Davis AJ, Cukrowski C. Cystoid macular edema following pars plana vitrectomy for retained lens fragments. J Cataract Refract Surg 2006;32:1521-1526.

Cohen SM, Gardner, F. Bilateral choroidal ischemia in giant cell arteritis. Arch Ophthalmol 2006;124:922.

El-Jabali F, Cohen S. Talc retinopathy. New England Journal of Medicine. 2006;354(12):e11.

Cohen SM. Natural history of asymptomatic clinical retinal detachments (letters x 3).  Am J Ophthalmol 2005;140:1167-1172.

Cohen SM.  Natural history of asymptomatic clinical retinal detachments.  Am J Ophthalmol 2005;139:777-779.

Dislocated IOL Study Group.  In-the-bag Intraocular Lens Dislocation.  Am J Ophthalmol 2004;137:630-635.

Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study Group.  The COMS randomized trial of Iodine 125 brachytherapy for choroidal melanoma, III: Initial mortality findings.  COMS report no. 18.  Arch Ophthalmol  2001;119:969-982.

Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study Group.  The COMS randomized trial of Iodine 125 brachytherapy for choroidal melanoma, II: characteristics of patients enrolled and not enrolled.  COMS report no. 17.  Arch Ophthalmol  2001;119:951-965.

Cohen SM.  Intraocular Adjuvants, Macular Hole Surgery, and Endophthalmitis. Vitreous society on line journal, 1997 June;1(1):[10 screens]. Available from: URL:

Cohen SM, Flynn HW, Jr., Miller D.  Endophthalmitis caused by Serratia marcescens. Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers 1997;28:195-200.

Cohen SM.  Indocyanine green angiography of a laser induced retinochoroidal anastomosis.  Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers 1997;28:65-66.

Cohen SM, Kokame GT, Gass JDM. Paraproteinemias associated with central serous chorioretinopathy. Retina 1996;16:467-473.

Cohen SM, Grizzard WS.  Treatment of subfoveal pigment epithelial detachments with distant extrafoveal choroidal neovascular membranes.  Br J Ophthalmol 1996;80:929-30.

Lewis ML, Cohen SM, Smiddy WE, Gass JDM. Bilaterality of macular holes. Graefe’s Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 1996;234:241-5.

Studies of Ocular Complications of AIDS in collaboration with the AIDS Clinical Trials Group: Assessment of cytomegalovirus retinitis: clinical evaluation versus centralized grading of fundus photographs. Arch Ophthalmol 1996;114:791-805

Studies of Ocular Complications of AIDS in collaboration with the AIDS Clinical Trials Group: Clinical vs. photographic assessment of treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis. Foscarnet-Ganciclovir Cytomegalovirus Retinitis Trial Report 8. Arch Ophthalmol 1996;114:848-855.

Wells CG, Bradford RH, Fish GE, Straatsma BR, Hawkins BS, and COMS group. Choroidal melanomas in American Indians. Arch Ophthalmol 1996;114:1017-8.

Cohen SM, Davis JL, Gass JDM.  Branch retinal arterial occlusions in multifocal retinitis with optic nerve edema. Archives of Ophthalmology 1995;113:1271-1276.

Cohen SM, Flynn HW, Jr., Palmberg PF, Gass JDM, Grajewski AL, Parrish RK, Jr. Treatment of hypotony maculopathy after trabeculectomy.Ophthalmic Surg Lasers 1995;26:435-441.

Cohen SM, Flynn HW, Murray TG, Smiddy WE, The Endophthalmitis after Vitrectomy Study Group.  Endophthalmitis after pars plana vitrectomy. Ophthalmology 1995;102:705-712.

Cohen SM, Shen JH, Smiddy WE. Laser energy and dye fluorescence transmission through blood in vitro. American Journal of Ophthalmology 1995;119:452-457.

Cohen SM, Olin KL, Feuer WJ, Hjelmeland l, Keen CL, Morse LS.  Low glutathione reductase and peroxidase activity in age-related macular degeneration.  British Journal of Ophthalmology 1994; 78:791-794

Cohen SM, Gass JDM. Bilateral radial chorioretinal folds.  International Ophthalmology  1994;18:243-246.

Cohen SM, Gass JDM. Macular hole following severe hypertensive retinopathy. Archives of Ophthalmology 1994;112:878-879.

Cohen SM, Keltner JL. Thrombosis of the lateral transverse sinus with papilledema. Archives of Ophthalmology 1993;111:274-275.

Cohen SM, Benner JD, Landers MB, Morse LS. Intraocular cultures after primary pars plana vitrectomy. American Journal of Ophthalmology 1992;114:697-9.

Cohen SM, Sousa FJ, Kelly NE, Wendel RT, Respiratory arrest and new retinal hemorrhages following retrobulbar anesthesia. American Journal of Ophthalmology 1992;113(2):209-211.

Saulenas AM, Cohen SM, Key L, Winter C, Albert DM. Vitamin D and retinoblastoma, the presence of receptors and inhibition of growth in vitro. Archives of Ophthalmology 1988;106:533-535.

Albert DM, Saulenas AM, Cohen SM. Verhoeff’s query: Is vitamin D effective against retinoblastoma? Archives of Ophthalmology 1988;106:536-540.

Cohen SM, Saulenas AM, Sullivan C, Albert DM. Further studies of the effect of vitamin D on retinoblastoma, inhibition with 1,25-dihydroxy-cholecalciferol. Archives of Ophthalmology 1988;106:541-543.

Pautler SE, Cohen SM, Findlay KB, Eichenbaum DA, Lopez M. Clinical findings of the posterior uveal effusion syndrome. American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2015 Annual Meeting. Abstract ID 30043320. Poster Presentation PO476

Eichenbaum D, Cohen S, Billiris-Findlay, K.  “Monthly Versus Treat-and-Extend Ranibizumab for Center-Involving Diabetic Macular Edema: a Prospective Randomized Investigator-Sponsored Trial,” Club Vit, July 1, 2014.

Eichenbaum D, Cohen S, Billiris-Findlay, K.  “Monthly Versus Treat-and-Extend Ranibizumab for Center-Involving Diabetic Macular Edema: a Prospective Randomized Investigator-Sponsored Trial,” American Society of Retinal Specialists, August 11, 2014.

Cohen SM.  Infrared Reflectance and Spectral Domain OCT Findings Following Pneumatic Retinopexy. Chicago: Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 2014.

Prabakaran S, Cohen SM.  Patients undergoing treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration in one eye rarely present for an unscheduled emergent office visit when they develop wet AMD in their second eye. Orlando, ARVO May 2014.

Cohen SM, Muller LT, Espana EM, Behler SC.  An Outbreak of Mycobacterium Abscessus Nodular Scleritis Following Intravitreal Injection.  New Orleans, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 2013.

Eichenbaum D, Cohen S, Pautler S, Billiris-Findlay K. A Prospective Study of Ranibizumab for DME: Monthly injections vs Treat-and-Extend.   Toronto: American Society of Retinal Specialists, August 2013.

Malavade SS, Cohen SM.  Optimal treatment strategy for Stage 5 Type 2A Idiopathic Macular Telangiectasia with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents – When to stop?
Seattle, ARVO May, 2013.

Cohen SM. Macular Hole in Group 2a Juxtafoveal Retinal Telangiectasis. Gass Society Meeting. 2010. Vancouver, August 2010.

Cohen SM.  The Risk of Subsequent Retinal Tears in Eyes with Acute Posterior Vitreous Detachment and Vitreous Hemorrhage. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, Vancouver, August 2010.

Kay CN, Cohen SM, Pavan PR, Small L.  Prevalence of familial trends in a population with macular holes. American Society of Retinal Specialists, New York 2009.

Cohen SM.  Natural History of Asymptomatic, Clinical Retinal Detachment.  Ophthalmology (Supplement) 2004;225.

Elliot J, Pautler SE, Cohen SM.  Pain following retina and vitreous surgery.  Ophthalmology (Supplement) 2004;238.

Cukrowski C, Cohen SM. Cystoid Macular Edema Following Pars Plana Vitrectomy for Retained Lens.  Ophthalmology (Supplement)  2001;108:262.

Gross JG, Kokame GT, Cohen SM.  In-the-bag intraocular lens dislocation.  Ophthalmology (Supplement)  2001;108:292.

Cohen SM.  Central retinal vein occlusion in diabetics.  Vitreous Society Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, 2000.

Cohen SM.  Natural History of Asymptomatic Retinal Detachment. Vitreous Society Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, 2000.

Cohen SM, Han DP, Johnson MW, Gass JDM. Foveal retinoschisis in females. Ophthalmology (supplement) 1996;103:185.

Cohen SM, Hammer ME, Grizzard WS. Endophthalmitis after pars plana vitrectomy with or without autologous blood products for macular hole. Ophthalmology (supplement) 1996;103:161.

Ormerod LD, Cohen SM, Davis JL. New Retinal and Choroidal Manifestations of Cat Scratch Disease. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci  1995;36:782

Cohen SM, Weishaar PD, Murray TG.  Effects of Photocoagulation on Laser Power Transmission Through Human Retina. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1995;36:833

Hammer ME, Cohen SM, Grizzard WS.  Vitrectomy to treat Macular Holes:  The Learning Curve. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1995;36:1050

Lewis ML, Cohen SM, Smiddy WE, Gass JDM. Bilaterality of macular holes. Biannual Meeting of the Club Jules Gonin, Versailles, France, September 9-13, 1994.

Cohen SM, Shen JH, Ren Q, Smiddy WE. Argon, krypton and diode laser transmission through blood. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci  1994;35:1750.

Flynn HW, Jr., Cohen SM, Miller D. Endophthalmitis caused by Serratia marcescens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1994;35:1993.

Cohen SM, Grajewski AL, Gass JDM, Palmberg PF, Flynn HW, Jr. Treatment of post-trabeculectomy hypotony maculopathy. Ophthalmology (supplement) 1993;100:98.

Callanan D, Davis JL, Cohen SM, Halperin L, Gass JDM. The use of ivermectin in diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis. Ophthalmology (supplement) 1993;100:114.

Gass JDM, Cohen SM. Subretinal fibrosis in multifocal choroiditis. Annual Meeting of the Eastern Ophthalmic Pathology Society, Jekyl Island, Georgia, October 9-11, 1992.

Benner JD, Cohen SM, Landers MB, Morse LS. Intraoperative posterior chamber cultures from vitrectomized patients. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci  1992;33:1056.

Cohen SM, Olin KL, Keen CL, Sousa FJ, Morse LS. Antioxidants and trace element analysis in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmology (supplement) 1991;98:123.

Cohen SM, Brandt JD, Sousa FJ, Gulyassy P. Ocular hypertensive effect of hemodialysis. Ophthalmology (supplement) 1991;98:109.

Cohen SM, Olin KL, Morse LS, Murphy C, Toth C, Line S, Bellhorn R , Hjelmeland L, Keen CL. Antioxidants and trace element analysis in monkeys and humans with age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1990;31:356.

Cohen SM, Sullivan C, Albert DM. Effect of sodium butyrate on human Y-79 xenografts in athymic mice. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1988;29:340.