Leonard Joffe, MB, BCh (WITS), FCS (SA), FAAO, FRCS Edinburgh
Dr. Joffe is a Board Certified ophthalmologist in private practice with Retina Specialists of Southern Arizona, and holds an academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Arizona.
Dr. Joffe is a specialist in the treatment of ocular disease with radiation. He was a Principal Investigator on the ophthalmic brachytherapy application Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS), under the auspices of the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). This multicenter investigation was designed to evaluate brachytherapy interventions for patients who have choroidal melanoma, now the standard of care for this disease. Dr. Joffe’s practice continues as a referral center of excellence for ocular brachytherapy.
He has authored numerous scholarly publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Joffe has served as Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator for a number of clinical trials of ophthalmic drugs for Wet AMD, including the NEI/NIH sponsored CATT Trial, Genentech’s SAILOR Study of Lucentis®, and Visudyne®/Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).
Dr. Joffe is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Macula Society, and is a member of the Retina Society and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He was previously Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director, Retina-Vitreous Section at Louisiana State University Eye Center. Among his many accomplishments and honors, Dr. Joffe is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa. Dr. Joffe received specialty training in Retina, Vitreous and Intraocular Tumors completing a Fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital. He earned a MB, BCh. (MD equivalent) from the University of Witwatersrand Medical School, and received his ophthalmology residency training at Witwatersrand under the tutelage of Prof. Maurice H Luntz.