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Rocko Michael Fasanella collection

Call Number: MS 1596

Scope and Contents

The Rocko M. Fasanella Collection, which dates from 1921-1991, consists of correspondence, printed material, slides, and a videocassette which document the Fasanella-Servat surgical procedure for minimal ptosis. This operation was developed by Rocko M. Fasanella and Javier Servat in 1961. Related items consist of printed material pertaining to ophthalmic surgery and biographical information on Rocko M. Fasanella, Javier Servat, and other renowned ophthalmologists.

Dr. Leon Stansfield Stone is also highlighted in this collection, with reprints, writings, films, slides, and other printed material documenting his experiments on the regeneration of the eye of an amblystoma, a salamander-like animal. In recognition of this work, Dr. Stone received the Doyne Award from Oxford in 1940 and his discoveries form the basis of modern research into the regeneration of traumatized nerves.


  • 1921-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Rocko M. Fasanella, 1990-1997. Gift of Dr. Edmund S. Crelin, 1991.


The collection is arranged by accession.


8.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection consists of material relating to Dr. Leon Stansfield Stone and his work on lens regeneration in salamanders. Also included are papers documenting the professional career of Dr. Rocko Fasanella, specifically the Fasanella-Servat operation for ptosis.

Biographical / Historical

Rocko Michael Fasanella was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1916. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale in 1939, and his medical degree in 1943. Fasanella was an intern (1943-1944), an assistant resident and resident in ophthalmology (1948-1950), and chief of ophthalmology (1951-1961) at Grace-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. He was also an instructor (1950-1951) and associate clinical professor of ophthalmology and visual science (1961-) at the Yale Medical School. Fasanella has pioneered many innovations in his field and has been active in humanitarian causes around the world. Fasanella died at his home in Orange, Connecticut, on February 11, 2009.

Guide to the Rocko Michael Fasanella Collection
Under Revision
Preliminary inventory by Carol King
December 1990
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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