Paul Jorizzo, MD

General Ophthalmology and Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Paul Jorizzo is one of Southern Oregon’s most sought-after cataract and glaucoma specialists. He is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in both glaucoma and retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

One of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the country, Dr. Jorizzo has performed over 11,000 cataract surgeries. He offers patients the latest surgical techniques and intraocular lens technologies that not only treat cataracts, but also improve distance vision, reading vision and everything in between. As a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist, he offers the entire spectrum of glaucoma care, including laser and surgical treatments that are specially selected to meet the needs of each patient. He also trained with one of the national leaders in diabetic eye care and he offers advanced laser technologies for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Jorizzo has lectured widely and has published scientific papers on glaucoma, retinal vascular disease, and macular degeneration. He is also the principle investigator for an array of clinical research performed at Medical Eye Center including studies to treat cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, and dry eye.

MEC GivingPassionate about giving back, Dr. Jorizzo works with the Himalayan Cataract Project, an international aid organization whose mission is to cure blindness in underdeveloped regions of the world. Working long hours with few breaks, Dr. Jorizzo and his team have performed over 100 eye surgeries a day in rural Ethiopia, Peru and elsewhere. “Patients are overjoyed with their vision right away,” says Dr. Jorizzo, “Our team has restored sight to hundreds people whose blindness was not only devastating to them as individuals, it was also a burden on their families.” While abroad, Dr. Jorizzo also takes time to train local ophthalmologists by consulting, lecturing and overseeing procedures in the operating room. “It’s an opportunity to further my personal mission of improving the understanding and treatment of glaucoma in Africa.”

In his leisure hours, Paul pursues his love of fly fishing, boating and photography. You might also see him cycling around the valley with his wife and two children.

Education and Training

Fellowship, 1988
Glaucoma—Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

Residency, 1987
Ophthalmology—Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

Fellowship, 1984
Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration—Devers Eye Institute Portland, Oregon

Internship, 1983
Internal Medicine—Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York

Medical School, 1982
University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York

Dr. Jorizzo joined Medical Eye Center in 1988.
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