Chief of Vitreoretinal Division

Central University of Venezuela

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Dr. Arevalo is the son of a very prestigious pediatric ophthalmologist in Caracas, Venezuela (Dr. Fernando Arevalo-Coutinho [1928-89]).

Dr Arevalo completed his medical and ophthalmology training in Caracas, Venezuela, his native country, before traveling to Bogotá, Colombia for a two-year Retina and Vitreous fellowship at the Barraquer Institute and the Fundacion Oftalmologica Nacional (University of El Rosario) in 1992-93. After this intensive training in these two world famous institutions, he traveled to the United States for a 2-year Retina and Vitreous/Uveitis and Intraocular Inflammation fellowship at University of California, San Diego from 1993-95 under the mentoring of Dr. William Freeman. The following year, Dr. Arevalo went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his Ocular Oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital under the mentoring of Drs. Jerry and Carol Shields.

Upon completing his fellowship training in Colombia and the United States, Dr Arevalo returned to Venezuela (1996), where he has been appointed to the rank of Chairman of Ophthalmology at the Clinica Oftalmologica Centro Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela, and Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela. Under his leadership, the Clinica Oftalmologica Centro Caracas grew in stature, training ophthalmologists from Venezuela and neighboring countries and providing modern eye care for countless patients. Dr Arevalo has become recognized as one of the leading ophthalmologists in South America and in 2001 founded the Arevalo-Coutinho Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology to honor his father.

Recently, Dr. Arevalo has been invited by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore to work as Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Retina Division of the King Khaled Eye Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a three year tenure starting on July 2011, followed by an appointment at the Wilmer Eye Institute starting July 2014. An affiliation between JHU and KKESH was started in 2010 with the objective of elevating the clinical, research, and academic level of KKESH. Dr. Arevalo has accepted the challenge to become the Chief of Retina of the best eye hospital of the Middle East with 9 first class retina specialists under his supervision and later to work in one of the best eye institutions in USA.

Dr Arevalo has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of vitreoretinal disease. A gifted surgeon, he has performed more than 4000 retinal detachment operations. He also teaches and conducts clinical research that have led to advances in the treatment of complex retinal detachments, vitreo-retinal complications of refractive surgery, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration (combination therapy and anti-angiogenics).

As a clinical scientist, Dr Arevalo has more than 500 scientific publications (over a hundred and thirty in MEDLINE), six books, more than 480 scientific paper presentations authored or co-authored, and more than 700 invited lecture presentations in North-America, South-America, Central-America, Europe, Africa, and Asia that have led to international recognition and awards such as the 1999 American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, the 2001 Vitreous Society Honor Award, the 2002 American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award, Special Acknowledgment at the XXVIII Brazilian Congress of Retina and Vitreous 2003, Honorary Member of the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology 2004, Special Acknowledgment at the XX Peruvian Congress of Ophthalmology 2004, the Rhett Buckler Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists 2005, the Best of the Retina-Vitreous posters at American Academy of Ophthalmology's 2005 Annual Meeting, the Best Retina Poster at The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Annual Meeting 2006 and 2007, the 2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology International Ophthalmologist Education<br>Award, the 2007 Senior American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, the 2008 "Dr. Juan Verdaguer Planas" Lecture from the Chilean National Society, the 2010 "GLADAOF" Lecture from the Pan-American Retina & Vitreous Society, and the 2011 "Dr. Jose Manuel Espino" Lecture from the Venezuelan Society of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Arevalo belongs to numerous scientific societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Club Jules Gonin, and is Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Arevalo is a former President of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society (2006-2008). Dr. Arevalo is a member of the Board of Directors/Executive Committee as Adjunct Secretary for the Spanish Language (2007-2011) of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation as Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2011). In addition, Dr. Arevalo is the new Executive Vice-president of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (2011-2015).