Dr. Michael Tolentino MD, Ophthalmologist

Dr. Michael Tolentino MD

Ophthalmologist

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3280 N. McMullen Booth Rd Suite 120 Clearwater FL, 33761

About

Michael J. Tolentino, MD, is a well-versed retina specialist, researcher, clinical trialist, and entrepreneur who diagnoses and treats patients at The Macula Center with three offices in Florida. He is now seeing patients at all three of their central Florida offices: The Macula Center Clearwater, The Macula Center at The Villages, The Macula Center at Hubbell Eye Clinic in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Tolentino works alongside Drs. Dana M. Deupree and Jason Handza. He has joined The Macula Center in May 2017 to have the freedom to pursue both novel preventative and therapeutic research. The move will also allow him to treat patients in a caring and compassionate environment that is state of the art, holistic, and spiritually healing. Furthermore, he is Chief Technology Officer at The Macula Store in Lakeland, Florida, Associate Clinical Professor Ophthalmology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida (2012-Present), and Speaker for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (2011-Present). As a retina specialist, he has dedicated training and unique experience in the medical and surgical management of diseases of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine. Dr. Tolentino has an impressive professional journey that spans seventeen years and his areas of expertise cover all facets of medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases, as well as laser surgery. This includes diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular puckers, uveitis, retinal tears, complex retinal detachments and retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa. Throughout his many years of experience, Dr. Tolentino has upheld a steadfast commitment to the ethical and professional standards of his practice, as evidenced by his sterling record, and ensures an impeccable degree of patient satisfaction in all facets of his work. Dr. Tolentino is the son of Dr. Felipe Tolentino, MD, who is recognized as a pioneer in retinal surgery at Harvard Medical School as well as author of one of the first textbooks on vitreo-retinal surgery.

Education and Training

University Of Massachusetts Medical School 1993

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology- Ophthalomology

OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyABO

Provider Details

MaleEnglish

Areas of expertise and specialization

Retina Surgery

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Lectures on All Levels, Over 100 Invited -
  • Board Member Association of Filipino Ophthalmologists in America -
  • Founder and Board Member Tolentino Eye Research Foundation -
  • Founder Macular Degeneration Association -
  • Board Member Florida Polytechnic Foundation -
  • Assistant Professor Florida Polytechnic Foundation -
  • Clinical Associate Professor University of Central Florida Medical School -

Awards

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society   

Treatments

  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Tear
  • Macular Hole
  • Uveitis
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Retinal Specialists  
  • American Association of Ophthalmology  
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology  
  • Restoring Sight International  

Residency

  • Mount Auburn Hospital Program   
  • Harvard Medical School

Internships

  • Harvard Medical School

Fellowships

  • University of Pennsylvania (Surgical Retina)

Professional Society Memberships

  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Articles and Publications

  • Over 100 Peer-Reviewed Publications

What do you attribute your success to?

  • His Teachers

Hobbies / Sports

  • Lecturing and Research

Favorite professional publications

  • New England Journal of Medicine

Dr. Michael Tolentino MD's Practice location

The Macula Center

3280 N. McMullen Booth Rd Suite 120 -
Clearwater, FL 33761
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2815 Lakeland Hills Blvd. -
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Dr. Michael J Tolentino attended Deerfield Academy and received his honors Bachelor’s degree in computer science and organizational behavior from Brown University and his Medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. During College he studied at Nanjing University in China.

During high school and college he worked at Harvard Medical School at the Schepens Eye Research Insitute in his father’s laboratory. His father (Felipe Tolentino MD) is one of the founders of the field of vitreoretinal surgery and was a partner of Charles Schepens the founder of the Schepens Eye Research Institute of the Harvard Medical School.

He moved to the University of Pennsylvania for his vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Stuart Fine and Alexander Brucker. He had a joint appointment as a member of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Faculty at UPENN and ran a NEI sponsored laboratory where he invented a VEGF gene silencing molecule called Bevasiranib.

As a retinal specialist, he also researched the use of gene and stem cell therapy for use in retinal disease. In parallel he refined his surgical skills as one of the main ophthalmic trauma surgeons in Philadelphia and the main Veterans Administration retina surgeon for the northern mid-Atlantic region. He eventually became the director of the vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship at UPENN.

Michael Tolentino, MD, is a leading physician at the Center for Retina & Macular Disease that is based out of the state of Florida. With nearly 20 years of experience and Board certification, Dr. Tolentino is well-versed in the field of ophthalmology; with particular expertise in retina surgery.

Dr. Tolentino helped develop all current treatments for wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy; such as Avastin, Lucentis, Macugen and Verteporfin.

Being a doctor of distinction, Dr. Tolentino was the first in the world to test Avastin in a model of eye disease 15 years ago; and is currently helping to develop eyedrops for wet macular degeneration, novel treatments for dry macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy at the Center.

Dr. Tolentino has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to speak globally on new therapies for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Being highly active in his field, Dr. Tolentino invented Bevasiranib, a drug being tested for wet AMD by OPKO health, and also founded Acuity Pharmaceuticals, which merged to become OPKO health.

Additional Information

Michael J. Tolentino, MD, is an Outstanding Retina Specialist with The Macula Center in Clearwater, The Villages, and Lakeland, Florida

Michael J. Tolentino, MD, is a well-versed retina specialist, researcher, clinical trialist, and entrepreneur who diagnoses and treats patients at The Macula Center with three offices in Florida. He is now seeing patients at all three of their central Florida offices: The Macula Center Clearwater, The Macula Center at The Villages, The Macula Center at Hubbell Eye Clinic in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Tolentino works alongside Drs. Dana M. Deupree and Jason Handza. He has joined The Macula Center in May 2017 to have the freedom to pursue both novel preventative and therapeutic research. The move will also allow him to treat patients in a caring and compassionate environment that is state of the art, holistic, and spiritually healing. Furthermore, he is Chief Technology Officer at The Macula Store in Lakeland, Florida, Associate Clinical Professor Ophthalmology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida (2012-Present), and Speaker for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (2011-Present). As a retina specialist, he has dedicated training and unique experience in the medical and surgical management of diseases of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine. Dr. Tolentino has an impressive professional journey that spans seventeen years and his areas of expertise cover all facets of medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases, as well as laser surgery. This includes diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular puckers, uveitis, retinal tears, complex retinal detachments and retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa. Throughout his many years of experience, Dr. Tolentino has upheld a steadfast commitment to the ethical and professional standards of his practice, as evidenced by his sterling record, and ensures an impeccable degree of patient satisfaction in all facets of his work. Dr. Tolentino is the son of Dr. Felipe Tolentino, MD, who is recognized as a pioneer in retinal surgery at Harvard Medical School as well as author of one of the first textbooks on vitreo-retinal surgery. For more information about Michael J. Tolentino, MD, please visit https://maculacenter.com/eye-news-tampa-bay/retinal-specialist-tolentino/

Michael J. Tolentino, MD, attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was awarded his medical degree in 1993. His postgraduate training includes a retina research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, a one-year internship at Mount Auburn Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a three-year ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Boston, MA, as well as a vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Stuart Fine and Alexander Brucker Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania/Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA (1999-2000). He received board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology and remains at the forefront of his challenging specialty via memberships and affiliations with prestigious professional societies and associations, such as the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Association of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and Restoring Sight International. Dr. Tolentino is a board member of the Association of Filipino Ophthalmologists in America, founder and board member of the Tolentino Eye Research Foundation, founder of the Macular Degeneration Association, and board member of the Florida Polytechnic Foundation. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Tolentino holds a a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Organizational Behavior from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1987, and completed Chinese language and cultural studies through Taiwan Language Institute, Nankai University, and Shanghai Normal University (1986-1987). Dr. Tolentino is an inductee of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He feels that his success is attributable primarily to his teachers and dedicates his spare time to skiing and practicing Feng Shui. He has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and more than 100 publications in the field of anti-angiogenic, retinal, and macular therapies. For more information about Michael J. Tolentino, MD, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8130746-Michael-Tolentino-Ophthalmologist-Lakeland-Florida-33805
 

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