2012 Presidential Recognition Award: Dr. Roger F. Steinert

Roger F. Steinert, MD, is currently chair of the department and director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine, where he holds joint appointments as professor of clinical ophthalmology and professor of biomedical engineering. He combines a consultative practice in cataract, refractive and corneal surgery with teaching and translational laboratory research in these fields.

He has authored or coauthored four textbooks, including the definitive text, Cataract Surgery, which is in its third edition. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and over 70 book chapters. Dr. Steinert is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and became president of that society in April 2005, as well as chair of the Annual Program, a position he currently fills.

He serves as associate editor of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has presented 10 named lectures, including the Binkhorst Lecture at the 2004 meeting of the ASCRS and the Barraquer Lecture at the 2008 Joint Meeting of the Academy. Dr. Steinert serves as medical monitor of several FDA trials.

He holds seven U.S. and numerous international patents. He has received the Senior Honor Award of the Academy and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in every edition of Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors. Ophthalmology Times named him one of the top 100 ophthalmologists in North America.

Dr. Steinert earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, having graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College. He served his residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and rose through the ranks of the Harvard faculty until being recruited to UC Irvine.