Joseph "Yossi" Martel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in vitreoretinal surgery and diseases. Dr. Martel received his medical degree at the University of Nevada. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco and obtained fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at Duke University. His research interests include vision restoration therapies, retinal prosthetic devices, and robotic surgical tools for vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Martel is principal investigator for the Feasibility Study of Compensation for Blindness with the PRIMA System in Patients with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Study, a visual compensation system involving a novel miniaturized and totally wireless sub-retinal implant, and PIONEER an optogenetic treatment for visual restoration.