2023 Founders’ Award:Deepinder K Dhaliwal MD, LAc

Deepinder K Dhaliwal MD, LAc is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, chief of Refractive Surgery, and vice chair of the department of ophthalmology for wellness and communications. Dr. Dhaliwal also serves as the director of the UPMC Laser Vision Center, the associate medical director of the Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory, and the clinical codirector of the Corneal Regeneration Laboratory 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 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 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, numerous journal articles, and 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. In 2022 she was selected to be on the Power List 100 in The Ophthalmologist (“Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology”), and she received the International Society of Refractive Surgery Casebeer Award for outstanding contribution to research and development of refractive surgery.