2015 Founders’ Award: Dr. Ronald R. Krueger

Dr. Ronald R Krueger, medical director of Refractive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute in Ohio, is a renowned ophthalmologic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in the field of refractive surgery, specifically in excimer and femtosecond laser research and wavefront optics.

In 1982, Dr. Krueger graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BSEE in electrical engineering , followed by an MSE in bioengineering from the University of Washington in the following year. After receiving his medical training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School in 1987, he completed a residency in ophthalmology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City in 1991, followed by both a cornea fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma and a refractive surgery fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California in 1993.

Professionally, Dr. Krueger has performed over 20,000 refractive surgery procedures and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as numerous abstracts, book chapters, and trade journal articles. He is credited with documenting the first physical description of the effects of the excimer laser on corneal tissue, in 1985, and coauthoring the first book on wavefront customized corneal ablation, in 2001. He also pioneered the development of femtosecond laser treatment of the crystalline lens and cataracts, leading to the cofounding of LensAR, Inc., in 2004, and publication of the first textbook on the subject, Textbook of Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS), in 2013.

Dr. Krueger teaches as a professor of ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is currently serving the 2014-2015 term as president of the International Society of Refractive Surgery in partnership with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO). In addition, Dr. Krueger has served as the associate editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery over the past 20 years and has lectured on refractive surgery in more than 40 countries.

Dr. Krueger has received numerous awards, including the National Leadership Award, Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors award in 2005 and 2010, the 2007 Kritzinger Memorial Award of the ISRS/AAO, and the 2008 Lans Distinguished Award of the ISRS/AAO. In 2013, his thesis, “Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers Treating the Crystalline Lens: Will They Cause Vision Threatening Cataract?,” was accepted for membership in the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS), the oldest and most prestigious in U.S. ophthalmology.