Physician, surgeon, professor and researcher, Dr. Alfonso is an internationally known expert on ocular infectious diseases and serves as the medical director of Bascom Palmer's Ocular Microbiology Laboratory. In 2006, he documented an increase in the incidence of an aggressive form of fungal corneal infection that was related to soft contact lens use. His findings drew considerable media attention throughout the world and significantly reduced the number of new infections. A board-certified ophthalmologist, he joined the Bascom Palmer faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor and became professor of ophthalmology and the Edward W.D. Norton Professor in Ophthalmology in 1998.
University of Miami School of Medicine
Ophthalmology, 1981 - 1984
Cornea & External Eye Disease, 1984 - 1986
Ophthalmological Pathology, 1984 - 1986
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by improving sight, preventing blindness, and advancing ophthalmic knowledge through compassionate patient care and innovative research.
In addition to providing excellent eye care to more than 250,000 patients annually at our five patient care centers in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, Plantation, and Coral Gables at the Lennar Foundation Medical Center, our faculty members conduct innovative biomedical research and present progressive, industry-leading academic programs to ophthalmologists and other physicians in the community and worldwide.