2015 Casebeer Award: Dr. William B. Trattler

William Trattler attended Dartmouth College and then received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute, and then spent an additional year on subspecialty training in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Trattler’s career in refractive surgery has been positively impacted by numerous mentors and thought leaders. Following training with Steven Orlin and Michael Sulewski at Scheie, he spent a year learning cornea and refractive surgery under Jim McCulley in Dallas. Early in his career, Dr. Trattler learned pearls for laser refractive surgery at lectures and courses held by Steven Slade, Buddy Culbertson, and Marguerite McDonald. Mentors who impacted his early career included Eric Donnenfeld, Perry Binder, Steve Schallhorn, Dick Lindstrom, Jim Salz, and Ron Krueger. More recently, Dr. Trattler has worked closely with the next generation of refractive cataract surgeons, including George Waring IV, Jennifer Loh, Rob Weinstock, Karolline Rocha, Kendall Donaldson, Ken Beckman, and Neda Shamie.

Dr. Trattler has been invited to lecture at numerous conferences both in the United States and internationally, and he has helped stimulate discussions, sometimes controversial, with the goal of advancing the safety and visual outcomes of refractive surgery. The topics he has lectured on have included pearls for surface ablation to enhance previous LASIK (2002), risk factors for post-LASIK ectasia (2002), avoidance of Nevanac under the contact lens in surface ablation (2006), the importance of preoperative topography as a routine test prior to presbyopic IOLs (2007), the safety of LASIK in eyes with thin corneas and normal topography (2007), and the advantages of epi-on corneal crosslinking (2011).

Dr. Trattler is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the author of many articles and textbooks, including Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple and Review of Ophthalmology.

On a personal note, Dr. Trattler is fortunate to have three wonderful children: Ali, Jeremy, and Josh. He also has the pleasure of working in group practice at the Center for Excellence in Eye Care, in Miami, Florida, with his father, Henry Trattler, as well as Carlos Buznego and 13 other dynamic eye care professionals who have contributed greatly to his career.