John Sullivan

John M. Sullivan
M.D., Ph.D.

John M. Sullivan M.D., Ph.D.

UBMD Ophthalmology at the Ross Eye Institute


Bioinformatics; Biophysical Modeling; Computational Drug Discovery; Drug Design; Drug Development; Drug Discovery; Electrophysiology; Gene Delivery; Gene Expression; Gene Therapy; Gene Therapy; Imaging In Vivo; Inherited Metabolic Disorders; Membrane Biophysics; Metalloenzymes; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Molecular Basis of Disease; Molecular diagnostics; Molecular genetics; Multimodal Imaging Technology; Nanoparticles; Neurodegenerative disorders; Ophthalmology; Pathophysiology; Pediatric Ophthalmology; Protein Folding; Retina; Retina – retinal disease and therapy; RNA; Transcription and Translation; Vision science

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I am a Clinician Scientist working in the field of hereditary retinal and macular degenerations. I direct a regional referral service for these diseases at the Ross Eye Institute. My NIH- and VA-funded laboratory is focused on the development of gene-based and nucleic acid therapeutics for hereditary retinal degenerations and common age-related macular degeneration.


Bioinformatics, Biophysical Modeling, Computational Drug Discovery, Drug Design, Drug Development, Drug Discovery, Electrophysiology, Gene Delivery, Gene Expression, Gene Therapy, Gene Therapy, Imaging In Vivo, Inherited Metabolic Disorders, Membrane Biophysics, Metalloenzymes, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Basis of Disease, Molecular diagnostics, Molecular genetics, Multimodal Imaging Technology, Nanoparticles, Neurodegenerative disorders, Ophthalmology, Pathophysiology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Protein Folding, Retina, Retina – retinal disease and therapy, RNA, Transcription and Translation, Vision science

Patients Treated:

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



UBMD at VA Medical Center
VA Medical Center Eye Clinic, 6D
3495 Bailey Ave
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-862-6533

Insurance Accepted:
  • Veterans Administration

UBMD Ophthalmology: Ross Eye Institute
Ross Eye Institute, Buffalo
1176 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14209
Phone: 716-881-7900
Fax: 716-881-4349
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • Nova
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Workers Comp

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Retinal Degenerative Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1994)
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Washington Univ. School Medicine, St. Louis MO (1992)
  • MD, Medicine/Biophysics, Mount Sinai School Medicine, NY (1987)
  • PhD, Biophysics, Medicine/Biophysics, Mount Sinai School Medicine (1987)
  • BA, Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1979)

Awards and Honors:

  • Invited to participate in UB VP Research and Economic Development panel examining opportunities for large scale funding (2023)
  • Chair of the Ad Hoc Tenure and Promotions Committee of the JSMBS (2021)

Innovations and Patents:

  • Enhanced Hammerhead Ribozymes and Methods of Using the Same (2023)
  • “Enhanced Functionality Hammerhead Ribozymes and Methods of Using the Same.” (2022)
  • Method for identification of polynucleotides capable of cleaving target mRNA (2012)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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