Benjamin Bakall MD, PhD

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Originally from Uppsala, Sweden, Dr. Benjamin Bakall joined Associated Retina Consultants in 2013 as a medical retina and inherited retinal dystrophy specialist. He is the director of the Inherited Retinal Disease and Visual Function Clinic at the Phoenix office, and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and scientific mentor for medical student scholarly project at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

Dr. Bakall has researched, published and lectured at national meetings on numerous topics in ophthalmology and inherited retinal diseases. He has conducted clinical trials on macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and inherited retinal diseases and he is an invited reviewer for a number of scientific journals.

Dr. Bakall maintains memberships in several professional organizations including the Arizona Ophthalmological Society and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has been the medical chair for Vision Walk Arizona-Foundation for Fighting Blindness for several years. He is a member of the Quality Committee for Innovation Care Partners affiliated with Honor Health.

During his free time, he enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time with his family.

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Bakall is a retina specialist, a board certified ophthalmologist who sub-specialized in the treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the eye’s retina and vitreous. In addition to treating all common retinal disease, Dr. Bakall brings a special focus to the areas listed below:
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Retinal Electrophysiology
MD & PhD: Medical degree and PhD in ophthalmic genetics focused on identifying the gene for the inherited retinal disease Best macular dystrophy at Uppsala University in Sweden
Internship:  University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona- General Surgery
Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona - Opthalmology
Fellowship: Two-year medical retina fellowship at the University of Iowa that included research on inherited retinal diseases and age-related macular degeneration
  • Clive H. Sell, MD Vision Foundation
  • FFB, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Clinical/Research Fellowship Award for research in Inherited retinal degenerations - The Alan Laties career development program.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Swedish Research Council for research on Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy, bestrophin-1 and bestrophin-2. Mentor: Alan Marmorstein, University of Arizona.
  • The Anders Wall Award for Young Scientist of the year
  •  Emerging Gene Therapy Treatments for Inherited Retinal Diseases. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018 Jul 1;49(7):472-478 DOWNLOAD: Testing Gene Therapy Treatment Options
  • Specific Alleles of CLN7/MFSD8, a Protein that Localizes to Photoreceptor Synaptic Terminals, Cause a Spectrum of Nonsyndromic retinal Dystrophy. Invest Ophthalmol VIS SCI. 2017
  • Reduced Penetrance in a Large Caucasian Pedigree with Stickler Syndrome. Ophthalmic Genet. 2017 JAN-FEB;38(1):43-50.
(View CV for complete descriptions and listing of publications from years 1996 - 2016.)
  • Clinical trials for the RPE65 gene. AAPOS meeting 2018
  • Keynote speaker: Genetic retinal disease. AZ AER Conference in Sedona, AZ
  • ASRS 2017: Instructional Course: Retinal Gene Therapy: Clinical and Surgical Overview
  • Pacific Retina Club 2017 at UCLA: Macular dystrophy in SCA1
  • TGen, Translational Genomics Research Institute: Retinal dystrophies – from clinical diagnosis to molecular analysis
  • ASRS 2016: Instructional Course: Retinal Genetics and Gene Therapy: Diagnosis, Clinical Management, and Genetic Intervention for Inherited Retina Disease.
  • FFB VISIONS 2016, Baltimore, MD: Usher syndrome
  • (Please view CV for earlier presentations - years 2010-2015.)
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • American Society of Retina Specialists
    • International Society of Genetic Eye Diseases & Retinoblastoma
    • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    • Arizona and Phoenix Ophthalmological Societies