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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Harry W. Flynn, Jr, M.D.

General Information

Harry W. Flynn, Jr, M.D.



  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Title

  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • The J. Donald M. Gass Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology

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Clinical Specialties

Macular Diseases, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, Endophthalmitis

Clinical Areas

Diabetic Retinopathy
Macular Diseases
Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery
Diseases of the Retina

Research Interests

Diabetic Retinopathy, Endophthalmitis, Macular Degeneration and Related Disorders, Macular Diseases, Surgery for Macular Diseases, Retinal Detachment, Retinal Detachment surgery, Retinal Vascular Occlusion, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Management of complications of cataract surgery


Charles L. Schepens Award
Special Recognition from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Guest of Honor for the Retina Society
Mentorship Award Lecture for the Vit-Buckle Society
EA Baker Award from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society


Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, NC

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Charlottesville, VA

Department of Ophthalmology University of Virginia Hospital

Charlottesville, VA

Retina Service Fellowship
Presbyterian Hospital Pacific Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology

San Francisco, CA

Practice Locations

  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Miami



Harry W. Flynn Jr., M.D is the J. Donald M. Gass Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and specializes in medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Wake Forest University and his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine.  After an internship at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, Dr. Flynn returned to UVA for residency and to CPMC for retina fellowship.  Dr. Flynn completed two years of active duty in the United States Army at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He joined the faculty at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1978.
Dr. Flynn has been author or co-author of more than 490 peer-reviewed publications as well as 88 book chapters.  He has edited or co-edited four books including Diabetes and Ocular Diseases:  Past, Current, and Future Therapies and Vitreoretinal Disease:  The Essentials. Dr. Flynn had held numerous administrative positions including President: The Vitreous Society (1992-1993), President: The Miami Ophthalmological Society (1999) and President: The Retina Society (2002-2003). Dr. Flynn has served as Senior Editor for Section 12 (Retina) of the Basic and Clinical Science Course for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has also served as Co-Director of the Retina Subspecialty Day for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He serves on the Editorial Board of numerous journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, RETINA, OSLI: RETINA, and Evidence Based Ophthalmology. He has served on the Data and Safety Monitoring Committees for DRCR Network, SCORE Study, Regeneron VIEW 1 and VIEW 2 Studies and Neurotech MacTel Study.  He received the AAO Life Achievement Honor Award in 2008.  Dr. Flynn received the Shaler Richardson, M.D “Service to Medicine Award” from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology.  He received the Hermann Wacker Award from the Club Jules Gonin in 2012. He has delivered 24 named lectures including the “J. Donald M. Gass Lecture” at the Retina Society in 2012. In 2014, he received the “Honorary Alumnus” recognition from AOA of UVA School of Medicine. In June 2016, he will be delivering the Charles L. Schepens, MD/AAO Award Lectureship.
Dr. Flynn has been married to his wife Donna Flynn for 40 years.  They have two children, Mollie and Patrick, and two grandchildren, Parker and Lily.