Patricia D’Amore, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology
Director of Research, Senior Scientist, & Ankeny Scholar of Retinal Molecular Biology, Schepens Eye Research Institute
Co-Director, HMS Ophthalmology AMD Center of Excellence
Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Ophthalmology,
Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology,
Harvard Medical School
Dr. D’Amore is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, and a Senior Scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. She is affiliated with several research entities, among them the Massachusetts General Hospital Pathology Service, and the Children’s Hospital’s Folkman Laboratory for surgery research.
A faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Dr. D’Amore has long been committed to mentoring and teaching. At the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, she is Chair of the Admissions, and Curriculum Committees, and is Member of the Steering Committee. She is active on the Minority Recruitment Committee, Joint Committee on the Status of Women, Faculty Committee on Student Research, Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP), Henry K. Beecher Prize in Medical Ethics Committee, Selection Committee for the Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine, and the Faculty Diversity Committee.
Dr. D’Amore is currently the Director of Research at Schepens and is the Ankeny Scholar of Retinal Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanism of vascular growth and development. She is particularly interested in the role of polypeptide growth factors such as VEGF and TGF-ß and in investigating the contribution of cell-to-cell interactions in the cells of the vasculature. Work conducted in her laboratory, and in collaboration with investigators at Mass Eye and Ear, forms the basis for the current use of anti-angiogenic therapies for diabetic retinopathy.