Dr. Yuna Rapoport Bio
Dr. Rapoport is a board certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist who received her bachelor’s and medical degrees at Northwestern University, where she was part of the accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education. She simultaneously received her MPH (Master of Public Health) degree. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, Tennessee and then obtained additional training as a corneal and refractive surgery fellow at the prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. She has been in private practice in New York City for over three years and also operates at Corneal Associates of New Jersey, the highest volume corneal surgery center on the East Coast. She has accumulated a wealth of expertise that she now brings to each patient.
As Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Rapoport is actively involved in resident and fellow education. At Mass Eye and Ear, she served as a clinical instructor for residents in the MEEI emergency room. She is affiliated with and holds privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Mount Sinai West Hospital, and Lenox Hill’s Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, which is now a part of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital System. In addition, she maintains surgical privileges tat Retinal Associates Ambulatory Surgery Center in Manhattan. She holds a medical license in New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Rapoport is committed to global ophthalmology. Among the most rewarding of her experiences was researching the Aravind Eye Hospital in southern India, a model of outreach-based cataract surgery. She used her experience to co-found a nonprofit organization to help Ghanaian ophthalmologists start a similar surgical model in rural Ghana. It was during her experience at Aravind, observing cataract surgery and seeing the corneal pathology in southern India, that she decided to pursue ophthalmology as a career. She has since traveled several times to Nepal and India to do mission trips to teach phacoemulsification surgery techniques.
Her professional interests include laser corrective surgery (including LASIK and PRK), cataract surgery, keratoconus, dry eye disease, and corneal dystrophy (including Fuchs’ dystrophy). Her work regarding advances in eye care has been published in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and presented at major ophthalmology meetings. While at Mass Eye and Ear, she published research regarding postoperative management of Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). She has performed research to validate the national criteria for ocular graft-versus-host disease, which was featured in the Journal of Cornea.
She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of New York State Ophthalmological Society and of American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery. Dr. Rapoport has been named a Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor by her peers and colleagues. She is a go-to ophthalmology expert for popular media, having appeared on Dr. Oz and Inside Edition. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Luxury Optical Holdings, the largest domestic retailer of luxury glasses frames. She serves as a regular consultant for industry and for investment firms.
She is fluent in Spanish and Russian and conversational in French and Hebrew. In her free time, she enjoys art, live music, tennis, photography, skiing, traveling and playing with her Bernadoodle puppy, “Gatsby”. She has combined her artistic skills with her love of ophthalmology by partnering with Mort Gerberg, renowned New Yorker cartoonist and publishing “The Eyes Have it: A Site for Sore Eyes,” a book of eye cartoons and puns.
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