Dr. Virgil Alfaro, founder of Retina Consultants of Charleston, graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and then performed an internship in general surgery at UCLA, Harbor General Hospital. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital, Doheny Eye Institute, Dr. Alfaro trained in vitreoretinal diseases and macular diseases at the Yale Universtiy School of Medicine.
Dr. Alfaro served in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and was promoted to the rank of major prior to an honorable discharge. During his active duty tenure he was posted as a full-time faculty member of the Uniformed Services University, the military medical school of the department of defense. He directed a research laboratory dedicated to the treatment and management of endophthalmitis and ocular trauma.
Dr. Alfaro directed the ophthalmology section at the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., treating and managing patients with AIDS-related eye infections. At the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research he evaluated monkey models to determine safety guidelines for intravitreal use of ganciclovir and foscavir in AIDS patients.
Dedicated to academic pursuits in retina and macular disease, Dr. Alfaro has edited and published four textbooks: Vitreoretinal Surgery of the Injured Eye (1996), Macular Surgery (1999), Diabetic Retinopathy (2002), Age-Related Macular Degeneration (2007). A second edition of Macular Surgery was published in 2011.
Dr. Alfaro has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles that have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Medicine, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Archives of Ophthalmology, and the journal Retina. He lectures internationally in Europe, Latin America, and the USA.
Dr. Alfaro is married and has three children.