David J. Schanzlin, M.D.

David J Schanzlin, M.D., has gone into private practice at Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute in San Diego, CA. He served as past Professor and Director of Keratorefractive Surgery at Shiley Eye Center, UCSD Department of Ophthalmology. A leader in the field of keratorefractive surgery for over 26 years, he has dedicated his career to the development of various surgical corrections for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Praised by his colleagues, Dr. Schanzlin is consistently elected as one of the Best Doctors in America®. His vast knowledge and experience have led to appearances as a medical expert on ABC News, the Today Show, Extra, and numerous times on local affiliates. In 2003, Dr. Schanzlin received the Jose I. Barraquer Award for significant contributions in the field of refractive surgery and exemplifying scientific dedication.

Dr. Schanzlin is former Professor and Chairman at Saint Louis University’s Department of Ophthalmology and former Director of the prestigious Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute. Dr Schanzlin completed his medical education and residency at the University of Chicago, followed by fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco’s Proctor Foundation.

Truly world-renowned as both an educator and an innovator in his field, he served as the worldwide lead investigator during the 13 years of development and clinical studies on Intacs®, and is considered the world authority on this procedure.  He is the co-inventor on the patent for use of ultrashort pulse laser cataract surgery, providing greater accuracy with advanced lens implant procedures. Because of his distinguished reputation as a refractive surgeon and researcher, he was elected by his peers President of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (1998-2000). The Society is a 3,500 member body of refractive surgeons worldwide. In addition to refractive surgery, Dr. Schanzlin’s practice at Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute specializes in anterior segment disease and cataract surgery.

Internationally renowned as an authority on refractive surgery, Dr. Schanzlin lectures in Europe, South America, and Asia. In the US, he is a coveted speaker at eye society conventions.


Dr. Schanzlin received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1975. He then completed his residency there and became Chief Resident in Ophthalmology.

After deciding to sub-specialize in Cornea and External Diseases, Dr. Schanzlin completed fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at San Francisco.


The University of California at San Diego invited Dr. Schanzlin to the Shiley Eye Center in La Jolla with the goal of forming an internationally recognized center of refractive surgery. He accepted and proceeded to establish the Shiley Eye Center at UC San Diego as a leading educational resource for ophthalmologists worldwide, who visit the Center to learn the latest in the research and clinical practice of laser eye surgery.

While at Shiley Eye Center, Dr. Schanzlin expanded the keratorefractive surgery fellowship experience so that ophthalmologists who have completed their training can specialize in this growing field.