Yaron Rabinowitz, M.D.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Clinical Appointments:

Chairman, Division of Ophthalmology,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California 1996-2001

Founding Director, Laser-Eye Associate
Cedars-Sinai Mark Goodson Building and Beverly Hills California 2002- present

Founding Director, Eye Surgery Center of Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills California 2006- present

Academic Appointments:

  Clinical Professor,
Department of Ophthalmology
(Jules Stein Eye Institute, U.C.L.A. School of Medicine)

Director of Ophthalmology Research and
The Ocular Genetics Research Program,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Charitable Boards:

  Medical Director and Founder
of the Eye Defects Research Foundation
Member, Board of Governors, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Clinical Investigator:


Clinical Trial to determine the efficacy of corneal collagen cross-linking,
a new treatment for Keratoconus
Eye Defects Research Foundation, Inc.

Keratoconus Genetics Research Program,
National Eye Institutes of Institutes of Health 1993- present

Mentor: NIH funded KO8 Grant
Mapping Ocular Genes in Down Syndrome

Custom Cornea Clinical Trials,
FDA study, Alcon/Autonomous LADARvision system

Hyperopic Astigmatism Study,
FDA study, Visx INC

Myopia and Hyperopia LASIK Study
FDA study, Autonomous Technologies Inc.

Academinc Honors & Awards:


The Whitney Sampson Named Lecturer. CLAO/American Academy of Ophthalmology


The Joseph Sassani Distinguished Penn State Alumnus Named Lecute


Appointed to Editorial Board of International Journal of Keratoconus


Appointed to the Editorial Board of EyeNet, American Academy of Ophthalmology Publication


American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Honor Award


Organizing committee CORNEA day American Academy of Ophthalmology

Appointed to Cornea Compass Panel – Educational Arm Of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chair – Ectasia Symposium – Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
Organizing Committee – Cornea Subspecialty Day – American Academy of Ophthalmology
Joint Chair – ISRS Symposium – American Academy of Ophthalmology


International Society of Refractive Surgery and American Academy of Ophthalmology – Michael Kritzinger Award for Excellence and contributions to the field of Refractive Surgery


Honored Guest French Eye Society, Paris, France Keynote Lecture -Current Concepts in Keratoconus
(only 3rd American in Society’s 100 year history)


Best Paper Award. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, San Diego, May 2004


Elected to the Board of The Cornea Society. (Academic Society representing Cornea Specialists worldwide            Only one of 12 cornea specialists in the world)


UCLA Alumni Association Research Award


American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award


VISX Star Award, 5% of top refractive surgeon in the USA
Invited panelist, NEI Panel for Postdoctoral Research Students
Invited panelist. Panel for Human Genomics Planning Committee. National Eye Institutes of Health


Invited panelist. NIH Corneal Diseases Panel. 5 year program planning Committee National Eye Institutes of Health


U.C.L.A. Alumni Association Research Award


Fisons,Research in Immunology and Contact Lens Award


Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Research in Immunology and Contact Lens Award


Mencion de Honor', Resident Essay Competition, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
Shumaker Award for Resident Research in Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology


Invitational essay to commemorate 150th Anniversary of the University of Cape Town (U.C.T.), Cape Town, South Africa


James T.Louw Prize,Medical student essay, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Senator F.S. Malan Scholarship Academic achievement U.C.T.


Bertha and Ellis Silverman Scholarship, University of Cape Town

1971 Head Student,Herzlia High School,Cape Town and Alfred Honikman Prize for Leadership



Wilmer Eye Institute and the
Department of Medicine,
The Johns Hopkins University,


Estelle Doheny Eye Clinic,
University of Southern California,
Los Angeles,California. 1988-1989.

Pennsylvania State University,
Hershey, Pennsylvania.1985-1988.

Cape Town, South Africa
Graduated 1971


Surgery, OB/GYN, Pediatrics,
Groote Schuur Hospital and
Red Cross Children's Hospital
and Private Practice of Medicine
Cape Town, South Africa


Internal Medicine/Surgery,
Groote Schuur Hospital,
Cape Town, South Africa.


University of Cape Town,
Groote Schuur Hospital,
Cape Town, South Africa

HIGH SCHOOL: Herzlia High School,
Cape Town, South Africa
Graduated 1971

Research Grants (Active)


 Joint CSMC Institutional and Skirball Grant – Generation of iPS cells from limbal corneal cells for transplantation in Ocular Surface Disease($90,000)


Skirball grant in Molecular Ophthalmology – Identifying genes for Keratoconus


 CTSI Grant – Generation of iPS cells from Stromal Keratocytes ($10,000)


National Eye Institutes of Health(Supplement)(Principal Investigator) GWAS  of Keratoconus in the Latino Population ($650, 000)


National Eye Institutes of Health: R01 (Principal Investigator) ‘Genes for Keratoconus’ ($3,400,000)

2011-2016 R01 EY013431-10 ( 5% Co-Investigator)  Mechanisms of Epithelial Alterations in Diabetic  Corneas Total Costs approximately $3,000,000

Research Grants (Past)

2006 - 2008

Eye Birth Defects Research Foundation Grant – ‘Early detection and genetics of Keratoconus’ ($250,000 annually)

2005 - 2008

Skirball Foudation Grant – Identifying genes in Keratoconus( $60,000 annually)


California Community Foundation Grant Genes for Keratoconus in the Hispanic population ($61,000)

2001 - 2007

National Eye Institutes of Health: R01(Renewal) ‘Genes for Keratoconus’ ($2,800,000)

2000 - 2005

Mentor: K08 NIH Grant ‘Mapping Ocular Genes in Down Syndrome’


March of Dimes- Support for ‘Genetic Disease and the Eye Conference’ ($5,000)

1996 - 2000

National Eye Institutes of Health: R01 Award (Renewal) 'Genetic Factors in Keratoconus’ ($1,700,000)

1993 - 1996

National Eye Institutes of Health R01 Award 'Genetic Factors in Keratoconus' ($700,000)


Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Research Institute, 'Young Investigator's Award' ($10,000)


Schoellerman Trust Fund Research in Ophthalmology Award ($10,000)


Fight for Sight Research to Prevent Blindness, Research Fellowship Award ($20,000)

Knights Templar Eye Foundation Research Award($20,000)

1988 National Keratoconus Foundation Research Award ($10,000)


Scientific Manuscripts

  1. Rabinowitz YS,Ladda RL,Sassani JW,Eyster ME: Cosegregation of X linked retinitis pigmentosa and hemophilia
    A.American Journal of Ophthalmology 105:46-56,1988.

  2. Rabinowitz YS,Ladda RL,Sassani JW,Eyster ME: An approach to a genetic eye disorder.
    Trans Penn Acad Ophthalmol 27:453-457,1988.

  3. Johnson LN,Rabinowitz YS,Hepler RS: Retinitis pigmentosa presenting as hemianopsia respecting the vertical meridian.
    Archives of Neurology 28:43-45,1989

  4. Rabinowitz YS,McDonnell PJ: Computerized corneal topography in keratoconus.
    Refractive and Corneal Surgery 1989;Vol 5,6:40-408.

  5. Smith SG, Rabinowitz YS, Sassani JW, and Smith RE: Keratoconus,Granular and Lattice dystrophies in the same eye
    American Journal of Ophthalmology 108:608-9,1989.

  6. Rabinowitz YS,McDonnel PJ: Corneal topography of early keratoconus. American Journal of Ophthalmology 108:746-747,1989.

  7. Rabinowitz YS,Garbus JJ,McDonnell PJ: Computer-assisted corneal topography in family members of patients with keratoconus.
    Archives of Ophthalmology 108:365-371,1990.

  8. Rabinowitz YS,Garbus JJ,Garbus C,McDonnell PJ: Contact lens selection for keratoconus using a computer- assisted videophotokeratoscope. CLAO J 1991;17:88-93.

  9. Rabinowitz YS,Klyce SD,Krachmer JH et al: Videokeratography,keratoconus,and refractive surgery.
    Opinions. Refractive and Corneal Surgery.1992;5:403-7.

  10. Rabinowitz YS,Maumenee IH,Lundergan MK,Puffenberg E, Zhu D,Antonarakis S,Francomano C:
    Molecular genetics in autosomal dominant keratoconus. Cornea 11(4):302-308,1992.

  11. Sassani JW,Rabinowitz YS,Smith SG: Keratoconus and bilateral Lattice-Granular corneal dystrophies.
    Cornea 11(4):343-350,1992.

  12. Rabinowitz YS,Nesburn AB,McDonnell PJ: Videokeratography of the fellow eye in unilateral keratoconus.
    Ophthalmology 1993;100:181-6.

  13. Rabinowitz YS.Reply to Hustead JD. Detection of keratoconus before keratorefractive surgery.
    Ophthalmology 1993;100: page 975

  14. Rabinowitz YS.Corneal Topography(Review Article). Current Opinions in Ophthalmology. Current Science.1993,4;IV:69-74.

  15. Waring GO,Rabinowitz YS,Sugar J et al: Nomenclature for Keratoconus Suspects.
    Opinions. Refractive and Corneal Surgery. 1993,9;3:219-222.

  16. Rabinowitz YS. Reply to Wolgang-Behrens. Detection of keratoconus before refractive sugery.

  17. Rabinowitz YS. Corneal Topography: Diagnosis and Management of Corneal Disease. Optometry Today.1994:6:14-16.

  18. Rabinowitz YS. Corneal Topography: Comanagement: Management of Corneal Astigmatism Optometry Today.1994:7:20-21.

  19. Nesburn AB,Bahri S,Salz J,Rabinowitz YS et al:a Keratoconus in photorefractive keratectomy candidates
    detected by computer-assisted videokeratography. Refractive and Corneal Surgery. 1995:11:3:194-201.

  20. Rabinowitz YS. Corneal Topography 1994. Current Opinions in Ophthalmology. Current Science.1995:6:4:57-62.

  21. Rabinowitz YS. Videokeratography indices to aid in screening for keratoconus. Refractive and Corneal Surgery.1995:11:371-379.

  22. Parker J,Ko W,Pavlopoulos G,Wolfe P,Rabinowitz YS,Feldman S. Videokeratography of keratoconus in monozygotic twins
    Journal of Refractive Surgery. 1996:12:180-183.

  23. Rabinowitz YS,Yang H,Elashoff J,Akkina J,Rotter J. Videokeratography database of Normal Human Corneas.
    British Journal of Ophthalmology. 1996:80:610-616.

  24. Rabinowitz YS. Tangential vs saggital videokeratographs in the 'early' detection of keratoconus.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology 1996:122:6:888-889.

  25. Bron A,Rabinowitz YS.Corneal dystrophies and keratoconus. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. 1996,7:IV:71-82.

  26. Sczhotka L,Rabinowitz YS, Yang H. The influence of contact lens wear on the topography of keratoconus. CLAO journal.

  27. Rabinowitz YS, review of CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHY. The Clinical Atlas. Lucio Burrato(Editor). American Journal
    of Ophthalmology 1997:123:3:431-432.

  28. Dibbern K, Rabinowitz YS, Shorr N, Graham J. Surgical correction of incomplete Frasers syndrome.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology. 1997:124:1:107-109

  29. Rabinowitz YS. Keratoconus: update and new advances.(Major review). Survey of Ophthalmology. 1998: 42:4:297- 319.

  30. Rabinowitz YS,Rasheed K,Yang H,Elashoff J,Rotter J. Accuracy of ultrasonic pachymetry and videokeratography
    in detecting keratoconus. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 1998: 24: 196-201

  31. Rabinowitz YS. Keratoconus and corneal dystrophies In: VISION RESEARCH A National Plan: 1999-2003. Report of Corneal Diseases Panel.1998 Pg 43-44 ,54

  32. Zaidman G, Rabinowitz YS, Forstot L. Optical Iridectomy for corneal opacities in Peter’s Anomaly. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 1998;24:719-722

  33. Rasheed K, Rabinowitz YS, Remba M, Remba D. Inter and Intra-observer reliability of a classification scheme for corneal
    topographic patterns. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 1998: 82;1401-06.

  34. Rasheed K, Rabinowitz YS. Superficial lamellar keratectomy using the Hansatome for the treatment of severe corneal haze following photorefractive keratectomy Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.1999:25:1184-1186

  35. Rasheed K, Rabinowitz YS. Flourescein test to detect stria following Laser-in-situ Keratomeliusis. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 1999:6:717-8.

  36. Faktorovich E, Rabinowitz YS. A new technique for penetrating keratoplasty in patients with low scleral rigidity.
    JCRS 1999:25:882-884.

  37. Rabinowitz YS, Rasheed K. KI-SA% system a new videokeratography systerm for the early detection of keratoconus. Journal of Cataract and Refractive surgery 1999:25:10: 1327-1336.

  38. Kim WJ, Rabinowitz YS, Meisler DM, Wilson SE. Keratocyte Apoptosis associated with keratoconus. Experimental Eye Research. 69:5:475-81,Nov 1999

  39. Wang Y, Rabinowitz YS, Rotter J, Yang H. Genetic epidemiological study of keratoconus: evidence for a major gene determination. American Journal of Medical Genetics 93:403-409,2000

  40. Bergwerk K, Rabinowitz YS, Glasgow B. Cornea Transplant in a patient with Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII.Ophthalmic Genetics. Vol 21:1:17-20,2000

  41. Rasheed K, Rabinowitz YS. Surgical treatment of advanced Pellucid Marginal Degeneration. Ophthalmology. 21:1:17-20, 2000

  42. McDonald M, Carr J, Frantz J, Kozarsky A, Maguen E, Nesburn A, Rabinowitz YS, Salz JJ, Stulting D, Thompson K, Waring GO. Laser-in-Situ Keratomilieusis for Myopia upt to –11 Diopters with up to –5 Diopters of Astigmatism with the Summit Autonomous LADARVision Excimer Laser System. Ophthalmology 108:2: 309-316, 2001

  43. Salz JJ, Stevens CA. McDonald M, Carr J, Frantz J, Kozarsky A, Maguen E, Nesburn A, Rabinowitz YS, Stulting D, Thompson K, Waring GO. LASIK correction of spherical hyperopia, hyperopic astigmatism, and mixed astigmatism with the LADARVision excimer laser system.Ophthalmology. 2002 Sep;109(9):1647-56;

  44. Rabinowitz YS. Pellucid Marginal Degneration. An unsuspecting trap for the refractive surgeon. Refractive Eye Care. October 2002

  45. Bergwerk KL, Rabinowitz YS, Falk RL. Quality of life related to visual function in three young adults with mucopolysaccharidoses. Scientific World Journal 2003 Oct 5,3:922-9

  46. Rabinowitz YS. Genetics of keratoconus. Ophthalmol Clin North Am 2003 Dec:16(4)607-20,vii,Review

  47. Bergwerk KL, Schorr N, Rabinowitz YS. Visual function in an 11 year old with Fraser cryptophthalmos syndrome. Am J Ophthalmol 2004 Mar 137(3)591-3

  48. Li X, Rabinowitz YS, Rasheed K, Yang H. Longitudinal study of the normal eyes in unilateral keratoconus. Ophthalmology March 2004. 111(3) 440-6

  49. Rabinowitz YS, Dong L, Wistow G. Gene expression profile studies of the human Keratoconus corneas for NEIbank. A novel cornea expressed gene and the absence of transcripts for Aquaporin 5. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005 April 46(4) 1239-46.

  50. Tang YG1, Rabinowitz YS, Taylor KD, Li X, Hu M, Picornell Y,Yang H. A genomewide linkage scan in a multi-generation Caucasian pedigree identifies a novel susceptibility locus for keratoconus on chromosome 5q14.3-q21.1 Genet Med. 2005 Jul-Aug;7(6):397-405.

  51. Binder PS, Lindstrom RL, Stulting RD, Donnenfeld E, Wu H, McDonnell P, Rabinowitz YS. Keratoconus and corneal ectasia after LASIK.J Refract Surg. 2005 Nov-Dec;21(6):749-52

  52. Binder PS, Lindstrom RL, Stulting RD, Donnenfeld E, Wu H, McDonnell P, Rabinowitz YS. Keratoconus and corneal ectasia after LASIK.J Cat Refract Surg 2005 Nov;31(11):2035-8.

  53. Li X, Rabinowitz YS, Tang YG, Picornell Y, Taylor KD, Hu M, Yang H. Two-stage genome-wide linkage scan in keratoconus sib pair families. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 47(9):3791-5, 2006.

  54. Rabinowitz YS. INTACS for Keratoconus. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 46(3):91-103, 2006.

  55. Rabinowitz YS, Ignacio T, Li X, Maguen E. Intacs using the femtosecond laser(Intralase) for Keratoconus.- 6 months results on 20 eyes. J Refract Surg. 2006 Oct;22(8):764-71.

  56. Aldave A.J.,Yellore VS, Salem AK, Yoo GL, Rayner, SA, Yang H, Tang, GT, Piconell Y, Rabinowitz YS.. No VSX1 Gene Mutations Associated with Keratoconus. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 47(7):2820-2, 2006

  57. Rabinowitz YS. Ectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 17 (5):421-6, 2006.

  58. Sarayba MA, Maguen E, Salz J, Rabinowitz YS, Ignacio TS. Femtosecond laser keratome creation of partial thickness donor corneal buttons for lamellar keratoplasty. J Refract Surg. 2007 Jan;23(1):58-65.

  59. Rabinowitz YS. Intacs for Keratoconus. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2007 Jul;18(4):279-83. Review.

  60. Li X, Yang H, Rabinowitz YS. Longitudinal study of familial influences on Longitudinal study of keratoconus progression. Exp Eye Res. 2007 Oct;85(4):502-7.

  61. Jafri B, Li X, Rabinowitz YS.. Higher order wavefront aberrations and topography in early and suspected keratoconus. J Refract Surg. 2007 Oct;23(8):774-81.

  62. Tang YG, Picornell Y, Su X, Li X, Yang H, Rabinowitz YS. Three VSX1 Gene Mutations, L159M, R166W, and H244R, Are Not Associated With Keratoconus. Cornea. 2008 Feb;27(2):189-192.

  63. Maguen E, Rabinowitz YS, Regev L, Saghizadeh M, Sasaki T, Ljubimov AV. Alterations of extracellular matrix components and proteinases in human corneal buttons with INTACS for post-laser in situ keratomileusis keratectasia and
    keratoconus. Cornea. 2008 Jun;27(5):565-73.

  64. Rabinowitz YS. I-S ratio. Reply to Boxer-Wachler. Journal of Refractive Surgery. March 15,2008

  65. Li X, Rabinowitz YS. Classificaiton scheme for Keratoconus based on videokeratography and clinical signs. Journa of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (In Review)

  66. Krueger R, Rabinowitz YS, Binder P. The History of the Excimer Laser – 25th Anniversary of excimer lasers in refractive surgery. Historical review. J Refractive Surgery 2010 Oct 26(10): 749-60
  67. Rabinowitz YS. Is this Keratoconus? Curbside consultations in Cornea and External Disease . Francis Price Editor. July 2010, Pages 173-177

  68. Rabinowitz YS. Collagen Cross-linking. The ties that bind. An update on the safety and stability of this innovative procedure to stabilize the cornea. Ophthalmology Management October 2010. Pages 36-42

  69. Rabinowitz YS. Intacs for Keratoconus. International Ophthalmology Clinics. 2010 Summer 50(3)63-76

  70. Rabinowitz YS. Corneal Topography. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. July 2011. Pages 60-64.

  71. Xiaohui Li, Yelena Bykhovskaya, Talin Haritunians, David Siscovick, Anthony Aldave, Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, Sudha K. Iyengar, Jerome I. Rotter, Kent D. Taylor, Yaron S. Rabinowitz. A genome wide association study identifies a novel gene locus for keratoconus one of the commonest causes for corneal transplantation..  Hum Mol Genet. 2012 Jan 15;21(2):421-9.

  72. Kathryn P. Burdon, Stuart Macgregor, Yelena Bykhovskaya Sharhbanou Javadiyan, Xiaohui Li, Kate Laurie, Judith Lechner, Talin Haritunians, Durga Dash, Shiwani Sharma, David Siscovick, Seema Anand, Anthony Aldave, Doug Coster, Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, Richard A. Mills, Sudha Iyengar, Kent D. Taylor,Tony Phillips, Jerome I. Rotter, Alex W. Hewitt, Yaron S. Rabinowitz, Colin Willoughby, Jamie E. Craig Promoter polymorphisms in the Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF) gene are associated with keratoconus. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Oct 31;52(11):8514-9. Print 2011 Oct

  73. Gaster RN, Dumitrascu O, Rabinowitz YS. Penetrating keratoplasty using femtosecond laser-enabled keratoplasty with zig-zag incisions versus a mechanical trephine in patients with keratoconus. Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 Sep;96(9):1195-9.

  74. Rabinowitz Y.S. CXL with the epithelium on or off: Which is better? Why I prefer Epithelium-off. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. May 2012 pages 1-5.

  75. Lu Y, Vitart V, Burdon KP, Khor CC, Bykhovskaya Y, Mirshahi A, Hewitt AW, Koehn D, Hysi PG, Ramdas WD, Zeller T, Vithana EN, Cornes BK, Tay WT, Tai ES, Cheng CY, Liu J, Foo JN, Saw SM, Thorleifsson G, Stefansson K, Dimasi DP, Mills RA, Mountain J, Ang W, Hoehn R, Verhoeven VJ, Grus F, Wolfs R, Castagne R, Lackner KJ, Springelkamp H, Yang J, Jonasson F, Leung DY, Chen LJ, Tham CC, Rudan I, Vatavuk Z, Hayward C, Gibson J, Cree AJ, Macleod A, Ennis S, Polasek O, Campbell H, Wilson JF, Viswanathan AC, Fleck B, Li X, Siscovick D, Taylor KD, Rotter JI, Yazar S, Ulmer M, Li J, Yaspan BL, Ozel AB, Richards JE, Moroi SE, Haines JL, Kang JH, Pasquale LR, Allingham RR, Ashley-Koch A; NEIGHBOR Consortium, Mitchell P, Wang JJ, Wright AF, Pennell C, Spector TD, Young TL, Klaver CC, Martin NG, Montgomery GW, Anderson MG, Aung T, Willoughby CE, Wiggs JL, Pang CP, Thorsteinsdottir U, Lotery AJ, Hammond CJ, van Duijn CM, Hauser MA, Rabinowitz YS, Pfeiffer N, Mackey DA, Craig JE, Macgregor S, Wong TY.
    Genome-wide association analyses identify multiple loci associated with central corneal thickness and keratoconus. Nat Genet. 2013 Feb;45(2):155-63.

  76. Bykhovskaya Y, Li X, Epifantseva I, Haritunians T, Siscovick D, Aldave A, Szczotka-Flynn L, Iyengar SK, Taylor KD, Rotter JI, Rabinowitz YS. Variation in the lysyl oxidase (LOX) gene is associated with keratoconus in family-based and case-control studies.Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Jun 28;53(7):4152-7.

  77. Gaster RN, Caiado Canedo AL, Rabinowitz YS. Corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013 Winter;53(1):79-90.

  78. Rabinowitz YS.INTACS for keratoconus and ectasia after LASIK.
    Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013 Winter;53(1):27-39.

  79. Xiaohui Li, MD, Yelena Bykhovskaya, PhD,Yongming G. Tang, MD,Yoana Picornell, MS,Talin Haritunians, PhD,Anthony J. Aldave, MD,Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, MD, Sudha K. Iyengar, PhD,Jerome I. Rotter, MD,Kent D. Taylor, PhD,Yaron S. Rabinowitz, MDAn Association Between the Calpastatin (CAST) Gene and Keratoconus
    Cornea. 2013 Feb 26 PMID: 23449483

  80. Li X, Bykhovskaya Y, Canedo AL, Haritunians T, Siscovick D, Aldave AJ, Szczotka-Flynn L, Iyengar SK, Rotter JI, Taylor KD, Rabinowitz YS. Genetic association of COL5A1 variants in keratoconus patients suggests a complex connection between corneal thinning and keratoconus.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Apr 12;54(4):2696-704.

  81. Rabinowitz YS. Therapeutic options to delay the need for Corneal Transplants. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. European Edition. Cover Story. June 2013

  82. Bykhovskaya Y, Caiado Canedo AL, Wright KW, Rabinowitz YS. C.57 C > T Mutation in MIR 184 is Responsible for Congenital Cataracts and Corneal Abnormalities in a Five-generation Family from Galicia, Spain. Ophthalmic Genet. 2013 Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print]

  83. Saghizadeh M, Winkler MA, Kramerov AA, Hemmati D, Ghiam CA, Dimitrijevich SD, Sareen D, Ornelas L, Ghiasi H, Brunken WJ, Maguen E, Rabinowitz YS, Svendsen CN, Jirsova K, Ljubimov AV. (2013). A simple alkaline method for decellularizing human amniotic membrane for cell culture. PLoS One, In Press

  84. Rabinowitz YS, Bykhovskaya Y, Xiaohui Lii. "Optical coherence tomography (OCT) combined with videokeratography to differentiate mild keratoconus subtypes," JRS. (In Review)


Rabinowitz YS,Wilson SE,Klyce SD editors
A Color Atlas of Corneal Topography: Interpreting
Videokeratography.Igaku-Shoin Medical Publishers
(New York -Tokyo) 1993.

Book Chapters:

  1. Corneal Topography and its Optics.In,Duane's . Clinical Ophthalmology.Duane T,Jaeger ED(Editors) Volume 1;Chapter 65:pages 1-15,1996.
  2. Congenital Anomalies of the Lens in Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics.Third Edition,1996.Churchill Livingston Press. Rimoin D, Connor, J Michael,Pyeritz RE(Editors).Volume II. pages 2535-2554.
  3. Keratoconus. In,Genetic Diseases of the Eye. Traboulsi E(Editor). Oxford University Press. Chapter 13: 267-284
  4. Pellucid Marginal Degeneration. In: Current Ocular Therapy 5. Fraunfelder F(Editor) 2002 Section 20. Cornea. Pages 371-373
  5. Congenital Anomalies of the Lens in Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics. Fourth Edition,1996.Churchill Livingston Press. Rimoin D, Connor J Michael,Pyeritz RE(Editors).Volume II. pages 2535-2554.
  6. Corneal Topography: Corneal Curvature and Optics, Clinical Applications, and Wavefront Analysis. In Bennet E.S and Weissman B.A. Clinical Contact Lens Practice. Lippincot, Williams and Wilkins. Pages 215 – 232.
  7. Ectatic Disorders of the Cornea. In Smolin and Thoft’s The Cornea. Scientific Foundations and Clinical Practice. Fourth Edition. Foster C.S., Azar D.T. and Dohlman C.H.(Editors) Lippincot Williams and Wilkins Pages 889-911.2006
  8. Definition, Etiology, and Diagnosis of Keratoconus. In Treating Irregular Astigmatism and Keratoconus. Alio J.L. and Belda J.I. (Editors). Highlights of Ophthalmology. Pages 241 260. 2006
  9. Corneal Topography and Wavefront Analysis. Optics and Clinical applications. Clinical Ophthalmology.Duane T,Jaeger E(Editors) 2006 Pages 378-401.
  10. Pellucid Marginal Degeneration. In: Current Ocular Therapy 9 Fraunfelder F(Editor) 6 Section 20.2007
  11. Keratoconus in: Non keratoplasty surgical treatments of Keratoconus. Colin J. Ertan A. Chapter 1, Pages 1-34, 2008.
  12. Staging of Keratoconus and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration. Collagen Cross linking for keratoconus. Editors: Randleman and Hafezi. 2012.

Teaching and Student Rotations

  1. Cedars-Sinai Phd Student Oanna Dumitrascu did a 2 month rotation in my office and my laboratory
  2. UCLA Medical Students rotated through my office as part of their Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery Rotation
  3. The UCLA international corneal fellows did a rotation in my office and the operating rooms to learn new surgical techniques not done at UCLA


Ad hoc reviewer

JOURNAL REVIEW: Cornea, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, American Journal of Ophthalmology, European Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 

EYENET – journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Compass – Cornea Section of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

INTERVIEW – National Public Radio – Broadcast July 2011
Topic innovative treatments for Keratoconus