Szilárd Kiss, M.D.

Dr. Kiss’ research career started as an undergraduate at Columbia College where, in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Defense, he evaluated the implications of microgravity on early developmental patterning with scientific experiments launched on the space shuttle Discovery (STS-70) and the space shuttle Columbia (STS-78). Presently, as the Bob and Dolores Hope – Robert M. Ellsworth, M.D. Distinguished Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, his clinical and translational research efforts focus on four broad areas: ocular gene and cellular therapy, novel therapeutic targets for ocular neovascularization, complex vitreoretinal surgical techniques, and retinal imaging.

Dr. Kiss has participated as a principal investigator in over three-dozen prospective clinical trials and laboratory investigations. He has authored nearly 290 scientific publications, given over 270 invited lectureships worldwide, and serves on the Editorial Board and as a scientific reviewer to a number of major journals. In addition to his scientific efforts, Dr. Kiss has garnered a reputation as a world renowned medical and surgical vitreoretinal specialist; his clinical practice draws patients from all regions of the world. For his contributions to ophthalmology, Szilárd has received the Honor and Senior Honor Awards from the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kiss received his undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia College, medical school training at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed an ophthalmology residency and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, where he was selected by the faculty to serve as the Chief Retina Fellow.