Dr. Brian DeBroff

Dr. DeBroff is the founding President of Distressed Children International. He is deeply committed to improving the health and welfare of underprivileged children worldwide. He recently traveled to Bangladesh to initiate a program for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness and to give the Plenary Lecture at the 13th Diabetes and Endocrine Conference in Dhaka. He also delivered the key note speech at the Pediatric Cataract Scientific Symposium at BIRDEM (Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders). He received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Tufts University where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Sandoz Award for academic excellence. He completed his residency at the Eye and Ear Institute of the University of Pittsburgh and an anterior segment fellowship at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary, Canada. During his fellowship, he coauthored the landmark study describing a new technique in pediatric implant surgery that has become a widely accepted means of maintaining implant centration and preventing secondary membranes: Posterior capsulorrhexis with optic capture. Dr. DeBroff has played an active role in the Yale Ophthalmology residency program since 1994. He served as Residency Program Director and Vice Chairman from 1999 to 2006. In 1998 the program’s residents presented him with an award for excellence in teaching. In addition, Dr. DeBroff has served as the Director of Cataract and IOL Implantation Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, and as the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven, CT. In 2000, he completed an Executive Management Program at the Yale University School of Business. Dr. DeBroff is now with Eye Surgery Associates LLC in Stratford and New Haven, CT. Dr. DeBroff specializes in cataract and IOL implant surgery. He has particular clinical and research interests in congenital, pediatric developmental, traumatic cataracts, and multifocal IOL implants including ReStor and ReZoom. Dr. DeBroff is also currently Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale University, as well as Director of Cataract Surgery at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. DeBroff maintains his clinical and research expertise in pediatric and adult cataract surgery. He has published over 50 journal articles on the subject of ophthalmology, as well as seven book chapters and one textbook.