Daniéle S. Aron-Rosa, MD

  • Presented: 
    2003
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

(b. 1934)

“With everything else that she’s done, she will be most remembered for her application of the YAG laser to the posterior capsule to form a capsulectomy without surgical intervention…When she undertakes to do something, nothing will stand in her way.”

Charles D. Kelman, MD

The brilliant career of ophthalmologist Danièle S. Aron-Rosa, MD, has brought the ophthalmic world the picosecond pulsed Nd:YAG laser for the treatment of posterior capsule opacification. Aron-Rosa performed the first Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy in January 1979.

Although Aron-Rosa’s early work was in physics, she became interested in ophthalmology during her residency rotation in that specialty. She began her career with research on tumors at the back of the orbit. But after watching early ruby lasers, that had very slow pulses, Aron-Rosa’s training in physics returned in the shape of a way to create a faster laser pulse.

A renowned teacher and clinician, Aron-Rosa is an honorary professor, University Park VII and chair of ophthalmology Hospital Robert Debre and Foundation Rothschild, Paris. She was professor and chair of ophthalmology, Park University from 1972-2000.