Dr. Jonathan L. Prenner is a nationally recognized retinal specialist. He holds a number of leadership positions in the field of vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Prenner is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he serves as Clinical Professor. At Rutgers he has taught and mentored dozens of students who have subsequently become ophthalmologists. He is also the Ophthalmology service chief of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Prenner is the Chairman of Education for the American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), the world’s largest society of retinal specialists, and a member of the ASRS Executive Committee. For the past decade, he has held the positions of Assistant Editor and Review Article Section Editor for the standard scientific journal for the field, RETINA: The Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases. Since 2008, he has been elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America, and is listed as a best doctor by U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly,as well as New York Magazine. He has been elected to the Retina Hall of Fame and the OSN 150.
Dr. Prenner has published more than 85 papers in the peer-reviewed literature in addition to a volume of textbook chapters, articles, and scientific abstracts. He lectures routinely at major scientific meetings concerning his original research and the development of new approaches to vitreoretinal diseases. He has delivered dozens of invited lectures on retinal research across the United States and internationally and has been frequently invited as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology subspecialty day faculty. He is the Principal Investigator for numerous international multi-center clinical trials evaluating new treatments for retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration.
Dr. Prenner received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was accepted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as its president. He was also president of the student chapter of the American Medical Association at SUNY. Dr. Prenner then returned to the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute for residency training in ophthalmology, where he was appointed chief resident. He then completed a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, one of the premier retina training programs in the country. At Beaumont, he was awarded two national honors, the Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship Award, and the Ronald G. Michels Retinal Fellowship. Dr. Prenner joined NJRetina in 2004.
Dr. Prenner is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. He is a member of the Macula Society, Retina Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Society of Heed Fellows, Alpha Omega Alpha, ARVO, Club Vit, and the Buckle Vit Society. He serves as a manuscript referee for Ophthalmology, the Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, RETINA: The Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases, and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He has also edited recurring series in both Retina Times and Review of Ophthalmology. He maintains special interest in complicated retinal detachment, secondary intraocular lens surgery, diabetic eye disease, and age-related wet macular degeneration.