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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 Drug Trials
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Epiretinal Membrane Surgery
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Intravitreal Injections For Retinal Disease
  • Laser For Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Retinal Surgery
  • Laser Treatment Of Retinal Disease
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Management Of Age Related Macular Degeneration (Amd)
  • Microincision Vitrectomy Surgery
  • New Experimental Treatment Technologies
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Scleral Buckle
  • Surgical And Medical Treatment Of The Retina
  • Sutureless (Small Gauge) Retinal Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diseases of the Retina
  • Diseases of the Vitreous
  • Lens Dislocation
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Traumatic Retinal Detachment
View all 11 Specialties +


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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 Education - 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

      See publications for Peter Kaiser, MD.

      (Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

      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 9/13/2021, 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:

      • jCyte, Inc.
      • Thea Laboratories
      • Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC
      • Novartis International, AG
      • Stealth BioTherapeutics Incorporated
      • Iveric bio, Inc.
      • Bayer AG
      • Oxurion NV
      • RegenexBio, Inc.
      • Alzheon
      • Biogen Idec, Inc.
      • Clearside Biomedical, Inc
      • Boehringer Ingelheim
      • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
      • Allergan Sales, LLC

      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

      373 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 4.8
      Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
      Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

      65 Patient Comments

      Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser provided excelent care and was patient answering all my questions. I highly recommend him.

      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

      I am appreciative of Dr. Kaiser's care, feeling relief after my visit. Being an expert in the field, I left with hope for my eyes.

      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is very personable & kind; in spite of all the patients he has, he still remembers my circumstances. He is very kind & a 'positively-spirited' gentleman. The PA, Julia, was also very kind. Thank you.

      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

      Excellent experience, Dr. Peter Kaiser is very professional, it's a privilege to be his pacient!!

      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

      I have hope for new dry AMD treatment

      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

      All my respect for Dr. Kaiser, and appreciation fro all the staff!

      Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

      Dr Kaiser took the time to look at my wife's eye, totally unexpected and grateful.

      Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

      Dr Kaiser was wonderful... Hhe explained all concerns I had. His staff was terrific as well.

      Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

      Dr Kaiser & staff are kind & compassionate

      Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

      I would highly recommend Dr Kaiser & Cleveland Clinic

      Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

      My first visit with Dr. Kaiser and I was impressed.

      Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

      Dr Kaiser is a great doc.

      Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

      He has always shown a genuine concern about my problem. He shows disappointment for procedures that didn't work and appreciate for those that are successful. I really appreciate Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

      My experience with Dr Kaiser and staff has been excellent.

      Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

      Dr Kaiser and staff are A+

      Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

      The care provided by Dr Kaiser and his team is really terrific.

      Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

      Dr Kaiser does outstanding job. I always leave knowing what next steps are. He also works well with fellow clinic partners to provide best care possible

      Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

      Dr Keiser does a great job for me very understanding and will listen always pleasant to talk to and knows how to talk on my level Gary

      Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

      My appointment with Dr. Kaiser in all regards was extremely good.

      Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

      I couldnt ask for a better doctor. He is the right mix of "get it done" and some humor. I think he is very intuitive.

      Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

      Multiple care givers -see dr Kaiser only at the end. Very busy office but he's great

      Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

      Always appreciate great care I get from Dr. Kaiser, Dawn, Katherine and Dr. Kaar Koor This was first time Dr Kaar Koor did my eye injection and I was very pleased with his caring manner and the results. Not as much burning and gritiness. Thank you all for taking such good care of me and my family.

      Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

      Amazing, superb ... And caring ... Physician!

      Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

      Dr Kaiser is so wonderful! Thank you

      Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

      God bless dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

      I can see again thanks to dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

      Love Dr Kaiser n especially his assistant Dawn. They make the appt a lot easier by their demeanor. I get shots in my eye

      Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

      Dr.Kaiser is the best.

      Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

      I can't speak more highly of a health care provider as Dr. Kaiser for macular degeneration. Through the years, he's done more extensive and on-target diagnosing (than OSU dept., even though I'm very loyal to OSU) to provide me continuously best eyesight possible . I'm truly grateful and highly recommend him to others.

      Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

      I have AMD. I achieved nothing with my visit. Dr. Kaiser's a nice guy. His written analysis was very skimpy and of no use to me.

      Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

      I have been a patient of Dr Kaiser since2008. He is wonderful, caring and the best retinal specialist by far there is. He has taken excellent care of me and restored my vision. He answers all my questions. I have complete faith and trust in him. I have told friends family and coworkers to make an appointment for retinal issues.

      Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

      I have recommended this office on numerous occasions to many people who have retinal issues. I get excellent care from Dr Kaiser snd his staff

      Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

      I have been Dr. Kaiser's patient for over ten years. He has consistently been courteous and willing to field any questions I might have about my vision. I value his professional acumen and abilities.

      Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is great! A ver relatable with patients and explains questions that are cllear.

      Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is always very thorough and explains every finding. He also gives me a profile of what to expect in the future.

      Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

      Dr Kaiser and his staff have been awesome in the two years I have been seeing them. Very kind and very professional.

      Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

      Great job Dr. Peter Kaiser, he is the best

      Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is the best

      Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is very good, polite, pleasant, friendly and explains things, answers questions. The only negative I had was the woman who gave me my shot in the left eye. She stood on my right side and crossed my face with the needle. Catherine was wonderfully comforting during the procedure. I have had other shots with other personnel and they stood on my left side to give the shot in the left eye and I didn't see the needle. I can stand it, but I would prefer not to see that needle. Thank you for your understanding.

      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

      The doctors understudy doctor was a little to aggressive in her exam when she examined me it was one of the most uncomfortable eye exams I ever experienced I think she is good but is not considering the patients comfort when preforming her exam

      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

      Everyone I interact with is always most courteous & excellent!! Jill was also most informative & eager to help me in any way she could! Dr. Kaiser is the BEST! Also the eye machine women have the top rating!!! Good luck to student Steve--he seems most dedicated with a pleasing personality; & also add Dr. Chou (not sure I spelled correctly)--I remember her pleasing personality & expertise from surgery!

      Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

      I would definitely recommend Dr. Kaiser to others.

      Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

      Overall very good experience the doctor doesn't wonderful job

      Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is very good at explaining things and listening to my concerns

      Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser thought last appointment had been 7 weeks, so wanted to extend by 1 week, making next appointment 8 weeks away. While waiting for shot prep, I checked my calendar, and last appointment was only 6 weeks, not 7. I spoke with Dr. Kaiser in between patients and he agreed that we should make it only 7 weeks. When I got to the counter, I told the woman I needed an appointment for 7 weeks, and she used the date on the paperwork which was for 8 weeks, not 7. When I got home I called the appointment desk and the woman I spoke with was able to correct it and schedule it for 7 weeks

      Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is a wonderful doctor and I only wish he had the time to see everyone needing treatment. I cannot imagine anyone not liking him.

      Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser assistant who performed the shot did a very poor job. She was more concerned about teaching her student rather than doing a shot properly.

      Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

      I have the utmost confidence in dr. Kaiser. He has a professional, no-nonsense approach yet still personable.

      Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

      Dr. Kaisers team was absolutely excellent. As well scheduling and rescheduling was excellent.

      Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

      After 72 years of various medical services Dr. Kaiser in the Cleveland clinic are the best.

      Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

      Dr KaiserIs knowledgeable kind and the best

      Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

      Very professional and caring. I truly felt that Dr. Kaiser is concerned about my condition.

      Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

      Went for second opinion. Doctor was ver very straight forward and honest with me which I appreciated

      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

      I just love Dr Kaiser and the he care that he provides

      Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

      Dr Kaiser is second to none.

      Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

      have already recommended dr Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

      The doctor was very patient with me and took time to help me calm down

      Reviewed on May 27, 2021

      Thank you, Dr. Kaiser, for your graciousness and your devotion to your patients.

      Reviewed on May 26, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is a brilliant doctor and he listens to his patients

      Reviewed on May 20, 2021

      I consider myself fortunate to have a Doctor like Dr. Kaiser .

      Reviewed on May 20, 2021

      so happy that we decided on Dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on May 19, 2021

      Dr Kaiser was extremely concerned and interested in my care and about how I was doing personally. Friendly with a wonderful bedside manner. Answered all my questions thoroughly and in detail.

      Reviewed on May 6, 2021

      Dawn, Katherine and Truthys are always so helpful and knowledgeable. Truthys is so gentle when giving the eye injections. I always want her to do it if she is available. I always ask for them if they are available. I trust Dr. Kaiser. He is always so positive and I have total confidence in him. Cleveland Clinic is a wonderful place and we have a very long drive to get there, however, we always feel it is so worth the drive.

      Reviewed on May 6, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is always very professional and listens to what I have to say about my eye care and related concerns. He explains things very thoroughly and clearly!

      Reviewed on May 5, 2021

      care provider was excellent! Answered my questions. Stress free visit.

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