Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Intravitreal Injections For Retinal Disease
  • Laser For Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Treatment Of Retinal Disease
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Scleral Buckle
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diseases of the Retina
  • Diseases of the Vitreous
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Traumatic Retinal Detachment
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About Peter Kaiser, MD

Peter K. Kaiser, MD, is a Staff member of the vitreoretinal faculty of the Cole Eye Institute in the Department of Ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. He was appointed in 1997. Dr. Kaiser is the Founding Director of the Digital Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Reading Center at the Cole Eye Institute.

Dr. Kaiser received his medical degree magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston and a retinal fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

Actively involved in retinal clinical research, Dr. Kaiser is study chairman of 4 major, multi-center, international clinical trials and is a principal investigator in multiple other trials. Complementing his research endeavors, Dr. Kaiser serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and addresses his research interests as an invited speaker at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is a major contributor to medical literature having authored several ophthalmology texts, and more than 200 book chapters, original reports, electronic publications and abstracts. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and serves on the editorial boards of Retina, Retina Today, Retinal Physician and Ocular Surgery News.

Dr. Kaiser has been recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists with Achievement and Senior Achievement Awards, and is listed in the "Best Doctors in America" list. He is the team ophthalmologist for the Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association) and the Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball).

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital
Miami, FL USA

Residency - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA USA

Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Medical School - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

Additional Training

  • FELLOWSHIP: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
    • Miami Florida
    • Medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery  1996-1997
    • RESIDENCY:Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary 1993-1996
      • Boston, MA
      • Ophthalmology
      • INTERNSHIP:Massachusetts General Hospital 1992-1993
        • Boston MA
        • Internal Medicine
        • MEDICAL SCHOOL:Harvard Medical School 1988-1992
          • Boston MA
          • Doctor of Medicine
          • COLLEGE: Harvard College 1984-1988
            • Boston MA
            • Bachelor of Arts

            Professional Highlights

            • Editor-in-Chief, Current Concepts in Retina
            • Founding Director, Digital OCT Reading Center (DOCTR)
            • Associate Editor, American Journal of Ophthalmology
            • Editorial board, Retina, Retina Today, Retinal Physician, Ocular Surgery News
            • Associate Editor,  International Ophthalmology Clinics


            • Ophthalmology

            Specialty Interests

            Epiretinal membranes, vitreomacular traction, macular holes, age-related macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, Retinal Detachment, vitreoretinal diseases

            Awards & Honors

            • American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award (Senior Honor Award), 2008
            • National Institute of Health, RO1 grant funding, 2005-present
            • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals Listing National Register, West Islip NY, 2004- present
            • American Society of Retina Specialists, Senior Achievement Award (Senior Honor Award), 2003
            • American Society of Retina Specialists, Achievement Award (Honor Award), 2002
            • Best Doctors in America listing, 2002 - present
            • Best Doctors in Midwest listing, 2002-present
            • Best Doctors in Cleveland listing, 2002-present
            • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (Honor Award), 2001
            • Strathmore's Who's Who listing, 2000-present
            • Study Chairman, DENALI Phase 3 Study
            • Study Chairman, VERITAS Phase 3 Study
            • Study Chairman, VIO Phase 3 Study
            • Study Chairman, TargeGen Phase 1 Study

            Innovations & Patents

            • Pioneer in the use of, and developer of several new 23 gauge surgical techniques, which allow sutureless vitrectomy surgery with less pain and faster visual recovery or patients
            • Pioneer in new vitrectomy systems that offer better flow rates, faster cutting speeds, and safer probes than current machines
            • First MD to use a modified RNA interfering molecule to treat age-related macular degeneration; this technique and its technology was the first time it had been used in any disease after the discovery of RNAi received the Nobel Prize in Medicine
            • Pioneer in the use of spectral domain optical coherence tomography in the diagnosis and management of vitreoretinal diseases


            • Retina Society, 2003- present
            • Pan-American Ophthalmology Association, 2000- present
            • American Society of Retina Specialists (Vitreous Society), 2000 - present
            • Cleveland Ophthalmological Society, 1997 - present
            • International Academy of Sports Vision, 1997 - present
      Research & Publications

      Research & Publications

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      Industry Relationships

      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. 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, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

      As of 7/25/2017, Dr. Kaiser 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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

      • Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.
      • ThromboGenics NV
      • Alcon, Inc.
      • Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc.
      • Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
      • Allergan Sales, LLC
      • Novartis International, AG
      • Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC
      • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
      • Bayer AG

      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.

      Patient Satisfaction Reviews

      341 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

      The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

      Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

      The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

      Overall Star Ratings
      4.9 out of 5
      Explains 4.9
      Listens 4.9
      Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
      Knows Medical History 4.9
      Time Spent with Patient 4.9
      Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

      23 Patient Comments

      Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

      the doctor put me at ease as the "event" that brought me in to see him was unnerving. he had excellent eye contact which assured me he was really listening and caring. The "Fellow" that did the necessary procedure was excellent in his demeanor and so gentle. overall, it was a good and comforting experiencing.

      Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

      Excellent attentiveness and care. Have been seeing this provider well over 15 years. Best possible care.

      Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

      I travel 4 hours one way to be treated at the Cole Eye Institute. Dr. Kaiser and his staff are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, kind, and caring. After 2 eye surgeries and several office visits, I'm well on my way to getting my vision back to normal. Thank you all!

      Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

      ANY waiting time was worth it to be treated by Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018


      Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018

      dr. Kaiser himself and his staff have been the best thing to happen to my vision quality and experience in my entire life

      Reviewed on Aug 13, 2018

      My appointment was made for me. Dr. Deasy was unavailable so I had the excellent opportunity to meet and converse with Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Aug 13, 2018

      My meeting with Dr. Kaiser was a very positive and productive experience. It was also good to meet and talk with his nurse Dawn. My questions were answered and had a better understanding of my health issue.

      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2018

      Dr. Kaiser knows my issues with my eyes and is always very attentive to whatever problems are occurring.

      Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

      This was the first time I saw Dr. Kaiser as he was filling in for my regular doctor. He was informative, friendly and answered all my questions. I was called from the waiting room on time and my exam was done quickly.

      Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

      I am extremely happy with Dr. Kaiser. This was my first visit with him as Dr. Pressler retired. I was not always comfortable with him. Dr. Kaiser is exactly the kind of doctor I hoped for.

      Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

      Dr. Kaiser is a wonderful Doctor!!!

      Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

      the doctor answered all my questions. his explanations were clear and understandable. he was very reassuring.

      Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

      long time between completion of photo scans of eyes and seeing doctor.

      Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

      I love seeing Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on May 31, 2018

      Dr Kaiser is the best doctor I have ever had the occasion to visit. I am grateful for his expertise, care and concern.

      Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

      Dr Kaiser said he wanted to see me in a month for follow up visit but he was not there. I had to make the follow up visit for three weeks or five weeks.

      Reviewed on Apr 11, 2018

      have never had a bad experience when visiting dr. kaiser

      Reviewed on Mar 14, 2018

      *Dr. Kaiser is a caring, friendly - intelligent provider.

      Reviewed on Mar 1, 2018

      Excellent assistance with my new medical issue - *Dr. Kaiser put my mind at ease and helped me resolve my issues.

      Reviewed on Feb 1, 2018

      *Dr. Kaiser continues to be thorough & clear in his evaluation of my health. He is an asset to Cleveland Clinic.

      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017

      Dr. Peter Kaiser is top notch!

      Reviewed on Oct 26, 2017

      Dr. Kaiser is very thorough.

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