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Steven Wilson, MD

216.444.5887

Steven Wilson, MD

Appointed: 2003

Steven Wilson, MD
Department: Ophthalmology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code i31
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5887
WorkFax:216.445.8475
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Steven E. Wilson, MD, received a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry (Irvine) and an MD (San Diego) from the University of California.

His postgraduate training included an internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, Wilson has held faculty positions at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was Chair of Ophthalmology and Grace E Hill Professor in Ophthalmology and Biological Structure until 2003. He is currently Staff Refractive and Corneal Surgeon and Director of Corneal Research at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Wilson has received numerous awards from the medical community, including being listed in "The Best Doctors of America" numerous times. He was an RPB William and Mary Greve International Research Scholar and received the Manpower Award from the Research to Prevent Blindness, a RPB Physician-Scientist Award, the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and he was elected to the honorary American Ophthalmological Society. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today named him as one of the 50 most influential doctors in cataract and refractive surgery in May 2006. He received the Lans Distinguished Lecturer Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2006.

Wilson has edited many medical journals and papers, held national and international committee responsibilities under the auspices of organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Eye Bank Association of America, and Fight for Sight. He is a former trustee and vice president for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) the largest vision research organization in the world and served on the executive board for ISRS-AAO and is the program chairman for ISRS-AAO for 2006.

Wilson holds various medical patents; is a highly trained and skilled scientist and surgeon; has been awarded numerous research grants in the field of ophthalmology and vision research; and he has authored and presented more than 200 papers, medical books and book chapters. His research focuses on gene delivery to human cells using viral vectors, wound healing, and cytokines and receptors in eye tissues and breast tissues. His laboratory is funded by the National Eye Institute. He is also a leading expert in Dry Eye and Ocular Surface and helped design and implement the phase III clinical trial for topical cyclosporine for dry eye.

Dr. Wilson was selected as a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for 2004 in the category Best New Voice in Fiction for his first international thriller Winter in Kandahar. His second international thriller, Ascent from Darkness, was released September 1, 2007 and was an honoree at the New York Book Festival and Hollywood Book Festival in 2007.

Professional Highlights

  • NIH, NEI EY10056 RO1 grant Corneal Epithelial Growth Factors and Receptors, 1993 to 2015
  • Physician-scientist Award, 2007, Research to Prevent Blindness, New York, NY
  • Lans Distinguished Lecturer Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2006
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Elected to Board of Trustees Cornea Section Representative (2001-2006), Vice-President (2005-2006)
  • Best Doctors in America (2003-2008)

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - LSU Medical Center- University Hospital
Cornea & External Disease
LA USA
1990
Residency - Mayo Clinic
Ophthalmology
Rochester, MN USA
1988
Internship - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA
1985
Medical School - University of California-San Diego School of Medicine
La Jolla, CA USA
1984
Undergraduate - California State University at Fullerton
Biology
CA USA
1974

Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Laser Refractive Procedures (LASIK/PRK), Refractive Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Research to Prevent Blindness William and Mary Greve International Research Scholar (July 1, 1992– February 1, 1994)
  • Manpower Award, Research to Prevent Blindness (July 1, 1994-June 30, 1995)
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (1995)
  • Everett-Kinsey Lecturer for 1998 CLAO Meeting
  • Chancellor’s Award in Neuroscience & Eye Research, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, New Orleans, La. (September 2000)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Elected to Board of Trustees Cornea Section Representative (2001-2006), Vice-President (2005-2006)
  • Irvine Memorial Lecture. Doheny Eye Institute Annual Meeting, May, 2002, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Executive Board, ISRS-AAO, 2001  to 2006
  • Elected to American Ophthalmological Society, 2002
  • Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004
  • America’s Top Doctors, 2004-2008, Castle Connolly Guides, top 1% of medical specialists in America
  • Best Doctors in America (2003-2008)
  • 50 Most Influential Doctors, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, May, 2006
  • Lans Distinguished Lecturer Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2006
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2007
  • Physician-scientist Award, 2007, Research to Prevent Blindness, New York, NY
  • Horizons Grant Award, 2007
  • NIH, NEI EY10056 RO1 grant Corneal Epithelial Growth Factors and Receptors, 1993 to 2010

Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Ophthalmological Society
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • International Society for Refractive Surgery
  • International Society for Eye Research

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/12/2014, Dr. Wilson has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Wilson receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Seattle Genetics, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English