Robert N. Weinreb, M.D. is the Chairman and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego as well as Director of the Shiley Eye Institute and the Director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center. He also holds the Morris Gleich MD Chair of Glaucoma and also is appointed as Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering. Dr. Weinreb graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Weinreb is a clinician, a surgeon and a scientist. He oversees all clinical activities at the Shiley Eye Institute and within the Department of Ophthalmology. As the Director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center, a state of the art laboratory and clinical research facilities for glaucoma, Dr. Weinreb also oversees a world-renowned team of scientists and staff dedicated to glaucoma. Patients from throughout the world seek his medical and surgical expertise.
Dr. Weinreb’s clinical and research interests are diverse and range from the front of the eye to the back of the eye. They include glaucoma surgery, optic neuropathy and aging of the eye, imaging of the optic disc and retinal nerve fiber layer, mechanisms of optic nerve damage in glaucoma, neuroprotection of glaucoma, and cataract surgery.
Dr. Weinreb has served as President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2002-2003), President of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) (2004-2006), President of the American Glaucoma Society (2007-2009), President of the American Glaucoma Society Foundation (2012-2014), and is the current President of the Pan American Glaucoma Society.
Dr. Weinreb is the recipient of numerous awards including the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Award in recognition of leadership and contributions in ophthalmology (1997), the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award (2003) and Founder’s Award of the World Glaucoma Association (2009). He has been cited in every edition of Woodward/White, The Best Doctors in America and is an elected member of the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Weinreb also is the recipient of the Ridley Medal of St. Thomas’ Hospital, London (2006), the Moecyr E. Alvaro Medal of Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009), the Watson Medal of the University of Cambridge, England (2010), the Innovators Award of the American Glaucoma Society (2013), and APGS International Award of the Asian Pacific Glaucoma Society. He is an Honorary Member of the Societe Francaise D’Ophtalmologie.
Dr. Weinreb serves on numerous Editorial Boards including Journal of Glaucoma (Co-Editor), International Glaucoma Review (Chief Editor), Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and Survey of Ophthalmology (Research Editor). He has trained more than 140 post-doctoral Fellows in Glaucoma, including several Chairs and many others who hold distinguished academic positions in the United States and throughout the world. His h-impact factor in May 2015 was 96.
|Medical School||Harvard Medical School|
|Residency||University of California, San Francisco|
|Fellowship||University of California, San Francisco|
|Special Interest||Glaucoma Surgery, Optic neuropathy and aging of the eye, Cell and molecular biology of uveoscleral outflow, Imaging of the optic disc and retinal nerve fiber layer, Mechanisms of optic nerve damage in glaucoma, Neuroprotection in glaucoma, Measurement of intraocular pressure, Drug delivery to eye, Cataract Surgery|
Thank you for the Excellence in Ophthalmology services provided me in the UCSD Shiley Eye Center over the past year.
I came to you from Fresno, California as a relatively healthful and hopeful man in his mid-eighties who was looking for the best services the World can offer in treating Glaucoma.
You have unquestionably saved the sight in my two eyes. I can safely drive a car and live a normal life in experiencing God’s many wonderful creations and blessings.
You have performed two surgeries on me. During both your operating room staff enabled me to believe and thoroughly sense the sincere desire of all of your staff to provide their patients with the best possible hospitality and service. Your surgery suite and staff are prepared to serve Kings and Queens. Thank you.
Whenever I come to Shiley to see you for a “check-up” you and your friendly staff go far beyond the norm. You all greet my wife and me with warm smiles, handshakes, and joyful conversation. We feel genuinely welcomed and feel like we are members of your Shiley family. Thank you.
Over the past year I have witnessed your delivery of many very fine services in the Shiley Eye Center to patients from all over the world. My wife and I perceive that the excellence in the delivery of these patient services is due of your unwavering and persevering commitment to excellence in research and professional execution. Your personal leadership example at Shiley role models the standard of excellence for all your team members. Thank you. Thank you.
~ Elmer “Bud” Richter
Thank you for the miraculous!
Dear Team Weinreb,
Thank you for all that you did to clear my vision through Cataract Surgery. I can now see the faces of my opponents on the tennis court and not just identify them through voice recognition.
There has, however, been a worrisome side effect to the surgery. My face is now covered with wrinkles. Prior to surgery it was completely smooth. I am wondering if any of your other patients has complained of this condition. Hopefully, This situation will clear up soon. Otherwise I will be sending you a bill from my plastic surgeon!
To be able to see is a gift. To be able to see clearly is a miracle. Thank you for the miraculous!
Cataract Surgery, Seeing Better
The shuttle car drops me off in front of the Shiley Eye Institute, part of UCSD Healthcare. I’m getting a clouded, natural lens removed and a clear, acrylic one put in. Even though cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures in the aging population and I have Dr. Robert N. Weinreb—the best possible surgeon—doing the operation, I am anxious.
After checking in with the person at the front desk, I am told to wait. I barely sit down when my name is called. A nurse takes me to a curtained cubicle and gives me a gown to be tied at the back, nonslip socks, and a lovely blue bonnet to cover my hair.
I lie down on a bed, I am covered with a warm blanket, and the sides are put up. Is it so that I don’t roll out or so that I can’t escape? A series of nurses come and go, and I’m given numbing drops in my eye. Dr. Weinreb comes by in surgical garb to tell me I must wait half an hour for the drops to take effect. I assure him that I am retired and not going anywhere.
In the meantime, I observe his interactions with his staff: there is a feeling of colleagueship, camaraderie between the various doctors, nurses, and technicians and Dr. Weinreb. He is among the best-known glaucoma doctors in the world and the head of the Shiley Eye Institute. It is a teaching hospital, so he is a boss, an instructor, and a mentor. He told me what an incredible group he has working with him. The credit for this is of course due to the relationships he has established and interactions he has with his team. There was palpable warmth in the surgical unit and evident caring from staff to patients.
An anesthesiologist comes over to talk to me. I say I only want local anesthetic, I want to be fully awake and not given Versed (midazolam), the drug that makes you forget everything that happened during the operation. I want to be there and remember it. He is glad to oblige. It is so important to feel trust in the people in whose hands we place our lives.
I am wheeled into the operating room, and a cloth is put over my face with an opening for my left eye. More drops are put in, and, as I am happily chattering, Dr. Weinreb says, “Don’t move and don’t talk.”
I have no pain but feel some pressure on my eye. I see blue squares; round, shiny objects; a bright light; and floating things. I am both participant and observer. I hear the surgical-team members exchanging information on how the procedure is going. I don’t understand what they are saying, but I do hear Dr. Weinreb saying to me, “We are halfway there.” I feel relief. Then, “Three more minutes,” then “We’re done.” I am now post-op.
I am wheeled back to my cubicle and given juice. Dr. Weinreb comes over to tell me that my operation was difficult, but successful; he is pleased.
A nurse comes to give me post-op instructions: Do not bend down and do not lift heavy objects. I’m given two prescriptions for drops. One must be put in every hour to decrease inflammation; the other is four times a day, an antibiotic.
Someone calls a taxi to take me home to my retirement community. Everything is blurry, I can’t read. At dinner my friends all look young and wrinkle-free, like aging movies stars photographed with Vaseline on the lens.
That evening, the TV is a bit blurry. I sleep wearing a plastic shield over my eye for protection. The next morning, my vision is clear, and my friends all have more wrinkles. By the end of the day, they look older than they were before my surgery.
I see Dr. Weinreb the next day, he is pleased with the way things went and takes the time to explain what was entailed in the procedure. Apparently it was challenging as I have a genetic defect (pseudoexfoliation) which makes my lenses prone to dislocating. It didn’t, due to his skill, I know. Another appointment is scheduled for in a week. Two days later, I see better without my old glasses, and I am writing this column.
At no time did I feel any pain. We here in La Jolla—in California—in the U.S.—are privileged to be living at a time and place where the top medical procedures are not only available, but are safe and are the best the world has to offer. I am grateful that I live in such a place, where operations are affordable and where there are such excellent doctors and staff to provide outstanding care for their patients.
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