I am a full-time faculty member at Northwestern University. My career has focused on clinical trials, inflammatory diseases of the retina, cystoid macular edema, pharmacology of the retina and central serous chorioretinopathy. I have also been extensively involved in clinical and research work on diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. Since 1985, when I became a member of the Data Monitoring Committee of the Macular Photocoagulation Study, I have been extensively involved in data monitoring and planning of clinical trials. I have been on the data monitoring committee of the MPS, SST, SCORE and the DRCR. I have been involved with the DRCR since its inception, helping to monitor data but also to plan the clinical trials. I was Chair of the DRCR Retina Network from 2012 – 2017.
Clinically, I remain active particularly in the area of white spot syndromes of the retina.
Administratively, I have been president of the American Ophthalmological Society, trustee and vice president of ARVO, president of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. I was Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University from 1983-2010.
"Rosario Brancato was a member of a generation of European clinician-investigators who were crucial to the development of Medical Retina. He was a key contributor in places like the Macula Society, Retina Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He and his colleagues from France, England, United States and other parts of the world performed high quality research, teaching, and clinical care and created an international structure that is the basis of our patient care. He founded and grew the European Journal of Ophthalmology. Although certainly retina was a key interest, he made many contributions in other subspecialties. In addition, Brancato was crucial in the growth of L'Ospedale San Raffaele into one of the premier institutions in Ophthalmology in Europe. He personally trained and supported many of the current leaders of Ophthalmology in Italy"