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maria berrocal, MD

Director of Drs. Berrocal & Associates

Past President of the Pan-American Vitreo-Retinal Society

María H. Berrocal, M.D. is Director of Drs. Berrocal & Associates in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Illinois. She completed her ophthalmology training at the University of Puerto Rico where she received the best surgeon award. She completed her surgical and medical retina training at the department of Ophthalmology New York Hospital/Cornell University. She then completed a medical retina fellowship with Dr. J Donald Gass at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and received the prestigious Heed Fellow Award. Her research interests include new techniques in vitreo-retinal surgery, with a particular interest in complications of diabetic retinopathy. She has participated in numerous studies of novel treatments for the management of diabetic complications. She is principal investigator in the PACORES international research group and in several clinical trials performed at Berrocal & Associates. She belongs to and has held leadership positions in the Pan-American Vitreo-Retinal Society, Pan-American Ophthalmological Society, Retina Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and Women in Ophthalmology (WIO). She is past president of the Pan-American Vitreo-Retinal Society. She is on the editorial board of Retina Today. She has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, and American Society of Retinal Specialists Senior Honor Award. She has received the Doctors Choice Award yearly since 2002. Dr. Berrocal has been an invited speaker and visiting surgeon in over 20 countries. She has authored and co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters. Dr. Berrocal has held numerous positions in philanthropic societies. She has established educational scholarships for cancer survivors, scholarships for the Sacred Heart University, and Our Children’s. She has also helped establish a drug rehabilitation center in San Juan. She is Board Certified in Ophthalmology.