In October 2014, he joined the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine as Department Head. In March 2019, Prof Rosenblatt became the Executive Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He remains on the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as the Illinois Lions/Charles I. Young Chair in Ocular Research and also serves as the Director of the Medical Scientist Training Programme. Prof Rosenblatt has made significant contributions to our understanding of corneal nerve regeneration, as well as the establishment of innovative models for investigating corneal nerves. At Weill Cornell Medical College, Prof Rosenblatt expanded his research programme to not only include regenerative issues related to corneal nerves, but also to regeneration of the ocular surface. He is currently exploring novel ways to promote trans-differentiation of skin stem cells into corneal epithelial stem cells for the treatment of corneal epithelial stem cell deficiency. In support of these regenerative medicine projects, Prof Rosenblatt has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the New York Stem Cell Initiative, the Tri-Institutional Institute for Stem Cell Biology, and SBIR funding from the Department of Defence and the National Science Foundation. Prof Rosenblatt has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and presented at national and international academic meetings.
He is Cornea Section Editor for the Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology Journal and serves on the Editorial Board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. Prof Rosenblatt’s clinical practice focuses on laser vision correction surgery and the treatment of cataracts and corneal disease. He is board certified in ophthalmology .