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Jose Echegaray, MD

Jose Echegaray, MD


Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology-VitreoRetinal Surgery and Disease

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  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Dr. Jose J. Echegaray arrived at the University Hospitals Eye Institute in 2020 and serves as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is an ophthalmologist with sub-specialty training in vitreoretinal surgery and ocular oncology.

Dr. Echegaray was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He completed his undergraduate training with a Bachelor of Arts in Neurosciences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he served as a Gates Scholar. He then returned home to Puerto Rico to complete his medical degree at the Ponce Health Sciences University, graduating with honors and distinction. During medical school, he served as a one-year National Institutes of Health research fellow in ocular immunology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He then completed a pre-residency fellowship in ocular pathology, also at Bascom Palmer. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident and was honored with the Vista Scholarship Fund Award. For his sub-specialty training, Dr. Echegaray came to Cleveland to complete a clinical fellowship in ophthalmic oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, training in the clinical and surgical management of adult and pediatric ocular tumors. He then returned to Miami to complete a 2-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, training in the clinical and surgical management of adult and pediatric retinal diseases.

Clinical and Research Interests

Clinically, Dr. Echegaray specializes in the medical and surgical management of retinal and macular diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusive disease, retinal detachment, high myopia, epiretinal membranes, vitreomacular traction syndrome, macular holes, ocular trauma, secondary intraocular lenses, and intraocular tumors.

His clinical research interests include outcomes in complex retinal detachment repair, novel surgical techniques for macular hole surgery, and novel techniques in secondary intraocular lens placement. He currently serves as co-editor of a textbook, titled Complex Retinal Detachment Surgery.

Dr. Echegaray has a particular interest in the diagnostic utility of novel artificial intelligence technology for retinal and macular diseases, specifically in radiation maculopathy. His research is sponsored by the Vitreoretinal Surgery Foundation. Dr. Echegaray also has a special interest in the optimization of chemotherapy and radiation-based treatment regimens for adult and pediatric intraocular tumors, such as vitreoretinal lymphoma, choroidal melanoma, and retinoblastoma. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has presented his research in national and international meetings. He actively contributes as an ad-hoc reviewer for several ophthalmic journals.

Personal Data

Dr. Echegaray has a genuine passion for ophthalmic education and is directly involved in the training of medical students, residents, and fellows. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr. Echegaray is fluent in English and Spanish. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, and is an avid sports fan.


  • Intraocular Tumors
  • Macular Diseases
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Retina / Vitreous Diseases and Surgery

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Office Locations

CMC Bolwell Ste 3200

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

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UH Suburban Health Center

1611 S Green Rd
South Euclid OH, 44121

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University Eye Care and Surgery

18599 Lake Shore Blvd
Euclid OH, 44119

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UH Landerbrook Health Center

5850 Landerbrook Dr
Mayfield Heights OH, 44124

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UH Ophthalmology

6707 Powers Blvd
Parma OH, 44129

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Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology


Fellowship | Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease
Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (2018 - 2020)

Fellowship | Ocular Oncology
Ocular Oncology - Cleveland Clinic (2017 - 2018)

Residency | Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology - University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine (2014 - 2017)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine (2013 - 2014)

Research Fellowship | Ocular Pathology
Ocular Pathology - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (2012 - 2013)

Medical Education
Ponce Health Sciences University (2012)

University Of Pennsylvania (2007)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Jose Echegaray did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.