In Memoriam: Jorge A. Alvarado

Jorge A. Alvarado, MD, long served grateful patients as a glaucoma specialist.

“Jorge was one of the most brilliant and creative minds in glaucoma,” says Department Chair Stephen D. McLeod, MD. “He was also one of ophthalmology’s most influential structural biologists.”

Born in Costa Rica, Dr. Alvarado came to the United States, without knowing English, to attend UC Berkeley. As a UCSF medical student, he collaborated with ophthalmologist Michael J. Hogan, MD, and illustrator Joan Espersen Weddell on Histology of the Human Eye. This seminal textbook continues to be a classic.

Before joining the faculty in 1977, Dr. Alvarado completed his residency and fellowship at UCSF. Throughout his career, he worked tirelessly to care for his beloved patients, conquer challenging cases, teach the next generation, and further research to improve care. He received numerous honors and published and lectured nationally and internationally.

Dr. Alvarado’s professional work allowed him to travel the world with his wife Jeanie. They raised three daughters and, later in life, he loved being “Poppy” to four adoring granddaughters. His legacy continues through his contributions to glaucoma and the colleagues and students he inspired.