Dr. Kunimoto completed a 2-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. He was recognized as both a Heed Foundation Fellow and a Ronald G. Michels Fellow. Dr. Kunimoto has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and 2 major ophthalmology textbooks, The Wills Eye Video Atlas of Ocular Surgery, and the 4th edition of The Wills Eye Manual. He has been invited to speak at ophthalmology conferences, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kunimoto has been very active in the clinical research of retinal diseases and is recognized as a leading clinical researcher, acting as principal investigator or Investigator in over 150 clinical trials.
Dr. Kunimoto has extensive research experience in molecular biology and basic science, and received numerous honors for academic and research achievements. Some these include the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, awarded by Harvard University to the top honors theses of “uncommon excellence;” the Bowdoin Prize, a prestigious award by Harvard University for work in the Natural Sciences; the Young American Award, the highest honor presented to a young adult by the Boy Scouts of America for exceptional achievement; the JAMS award, presented by the Japan Association for the Mathematical Sciences; and the Academic First Team, named “one of the top twenty undergraduate scholars in America” by USA-Today.
He has also been awarded numerous fellowships for scientific and medical studies. Some of these include the Fulbright Scholarship for the study of infectious eye diseases in India; the Peace and Friendship Scholarship, awarded by the Japanese Government; the Frederick T Sheldon Scholarship, awarded by Harvard University. He was the first recipient of the Ann Sullivan Scholarship, awarded by the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, for ophthalmology research in India.