Paul Whitten, CRA



Paul graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications. A love for science, a curiosity about the natural world, and a need for creative expression made biomedical photography a perfect fit.

Paul’s photographic career began with working as a digital imaging technician and photographer for the science stock photography company Photo Researchers in New York City. A little over a year later he took a position as an ophthalmic photographer at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. This is where he would spend the next twelve years of his career. The presence of the fellowship program there created a wonderful learning environment filled with minds eager to learn and those happy to share knowledge. The diverse clientele that the retina clinic attracted presented a wide range of pathologies and offered a culturally rich experience as well.

In 2018 Paul moved on to be a Senior Ophthalmic Photographer at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital where he continues to follow his path.


Ophthalmic Photography in a Hospital Setting


In this presentation, I talk about a day in the life of an ophthalmic photographer and what it entails to capture images that are useful in the diagnostic process of ocular pathologies.

In the hospital where I work ophthalmology is broken up in to three departments; Glaucoma, Retina, and Cornea. Each department has a team of ophthalmologists who specialize in different parts of the eye and different ocular pathologies. An ophthalmic photographer who works in a setting such as this needs a wide range of skills to utilize the many different imaging devices required to accommodate such an operation. Our photographers are trained to use the devices in all departments so that they may move from one to another and provide imaging where it is needed. In this presentation I will talk about the different types of images they acquire and how they are applied to the diagnostic process.


© Paul Whitten

© Paul Whitten

© Paul Whitten