2022 Casebeer Award: Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, LAc

Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, LAc is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and chief of Refractive Surgery and the director of the Cornea Service at the Eye Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is vice chair for Wellness and Communication in the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Dhaliwal also serves as the director of the UPMC Laser Vision Center and as the associate medical director of the Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory, and she has recently been appointed as codirector of the Corneal Stem Cell Task Force at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Dhaliwal earned her medical degree from Northwestern University in the Honors Program in Medical Education, where she was selected to be a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the UPMC, where she was selected as chief resident her final year. She then pursued fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Utah. She became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006 and founded the Center for Integrative Eye Care at the University of Pittsburgh to research integrative treatments for eye disease.

Dr. Dhaliwal holds leadership positions in the Cornea Society, the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Eye and Contact Lens Association/CLAO. Dr. Dhaliwal is a recognized expert in her field and teaches corneal and refractive surgical techniques to other ophthalmologists globally. In addition to teaching and research activities, she has authored several book chapters and numerous journal articles, and she serves on the editorial board of several ophthalmology journals. In recognition of her clinical and surgical skills, she has been selected as a “Top Doctor” by her peers every year since 2006.