The Virginia Retina Center

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Dr. Lionel D. J. Chisolm, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C.)


Dr. Lionel D. J. Chisholm, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C.) specializes in retina and vitreous diseases, diabetic eye care as well as retinal surgery.

Prior to joining the Virginia Retina Center, Dr. Chisholm was Director of the Retina and Vitreous Disease Service and Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at West Virginia University.

Dr. Chisholm earned his medical degree and completed an ophthalmology residency from the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina with Charles Schepens, M.D. at the Retina Foundation and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

Before coming to West Virginia University in 1993, Dr. Chisholm was a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at The Toronto Hospital. In this position he coordinated the merging of two major ophthalmology training programs and supervised the transition of the Department of Ophthalmology from an inpatient service to a major ambulatory service. As one of the founders of the Eye Research Institute of Canada, he has conducted research on diabetic retinopathy, the scanning laser ophthalmoscope, vitreous substitutes, anesthesia during surgery, and medical therapy following surgery.

Throughout his career, Dr. Chisholm has been involved in several areas of both basic science and clinical retinal research. He has authored and co-authored several articles in peer review journals including the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Cornea, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

In addition to many publications and presentations, Dr. Chisholm continues to be the actively involved Professor at West Virginia University for the medical students and ophthalmology residents.

Dr. Chisholm is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Retina Society, Schepens International Society, Canadian Medical Association, West Virginia Academy of Ophthalmologist and the West Virginia Medical Association.

At the Virginia Retina Center both Dr. Chisholm and the VRC staff are firmly committed to providing the most compassionate and state-of-the-art care to patients with any vitreoretinal disorders. Diagnostic and therapeutic techniques include:


  • Color fundus photography
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • High-speed indocyanine green angiography
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Ocular echography
  • Green, yellow, red laser photocoagulation
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Pneumatic retinopexy
  • Intravitreal pharmacotherapy


We look forward to providing the local community with a full range of vitreoretinal services. Our kind and courteous staff is available to answer your questions at any time.