Dr. David J. Schanzlin

Dr. David Schanzlin is a past Professor and Director of Keratorefractive Surgery at the UCSD Department of Ophthalmology’s Shiley Eye Center. Known as a leader in the field of keratorefractive surgery for more than 25 years, Dr. Schanzlin has devoted his career to developing corrective surgery procedures for the improvement of conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Schanzlin has consistently been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America®, and he is the recipient of the Jose I. Barraquer Award for exemplifying scientific dedication and making significant contributions to the refractive surgery field. Dr. Schanzlin has appeared as an expert on the Today Show, ABC News, Extra, and in a variety of features on local affiliates.

Dr Schanzlin earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago, and completed his residency at the same institution. He then obtained fellowships at the University of California-San Francisco’s Proctor Foundation. Dr. Schanzlin formerly served as Professor and Chairman at Saint Louis University’s Department of Ophthalmology. He is also a past Director of the Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute. An educator and innovator in his field, Dr. Schanzlin was the worldwide lead investigator over the 13 years of clinical studies and development for INTACS®. In fact, he is considered by many to be the leading authority on this procedure in the world.

Dr. Schanzlin was elected by his peers as President of the International Society of Refractive Surgery, in which he served from 1998 to 2000. He is listed as a co-inventor on the patent for use of ultrashort pulse laser cataract surgery, which is designed to provide enhanced accuracy for lens implant treatments. While refractive surgery is a major focus of his efforts here at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute Institute, Dr. Schanzlin also specializes in cataract surgery and anterior segment disease.

Known as a global authority on refractive surgery, Dr. Schanzlin has lectured in Asia, South America, and Europe. He is also a prominent speaker at eye society conventions and conferences here in the US.

Education

  • University of Chicago – MD, 1975
  • University of Chicago – Residency; Chief Resident in Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh – Fellowship
  • University of California at San Francisco – Fellowship

Administration

Dr. Schanzlin was invited by the University of California-San Diego to join the Shiley Eye Center in La Jolla in order to form a center of refractive surgery that would be recognized worldwide. He went on to establish the Shiley Eye Center as a prominent educational resource for ophthalmologists across the globe. These skilled eye doctors are able to learn about the latest in clinical practice and research of laser eye surgery from the Center. During his time at Shiley Eye Center, Dr. Schanzlin built out the keratorefractive surgery fellowship experience so ophthalmologists who have already completed their initial training can specialize in this advancing field of vision care.

If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists, please contact Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute Institute today.

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