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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 10/11/2022, 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:

      • Allergan Sales, LLC
      • RegenexBio, Inc.
      • Bayer AG
      • Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.
      • jCyte, Inc.
      • Thea Laboratories
      • Bausch and Lomb
      • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
      • Stealth BioTherapeutics Incorporated
      • Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC
      • Biogen Idec, Inc.
      • Novartis International, AG
      • Iveric bio, Inc.
      • Clearside Biomedical, Inc
      • Ocuphire Pharma, 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.

      Patient Satisfaction Reviews

      325 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
      Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
      Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

      55 Patient Comments

      Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

      Dr Kaiser has been helpful in treating a serious eye condition.

      Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser has been very professional and caring with me. He has worked very hard to cure my defect.

      Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is phenomenal!

      Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

      As always, I was greeted with a welcoming visit. My medical care was taken seriously and shown much interest in the prognosis. Dr. Kaiser doesn't just treat me as a patient but also as a friend. I also enjoy the fact that he isn't all business but also has a good sense of humor.

      Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

      Please commend Dr. Kaiser for his excellence and expert knowledge in caring for my eye health. He is personable, explains the plan for the best care for my eye health. I would recommend him to everyone who has issues with their eye sight.

      Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

      Dr. Peter Kaiser and support staff are extremely professional and personable in the care of patients.

      Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

      I've already recommended Dr. Kaiser and his staff to friends and other family members. They are the best!

      Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

      Dr Kaiser disagreed with our previous diagnosis but was careful to help us understand his reasoning and options moving forward. Will not a cure, he helped us develop a plan for further testing and a referral to a provider closer to home. A true empathic professional that makes his patient the focus of his time and attention.

      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

      I do not trust any other care provider Cleveland clinic is #1in my opinion

      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent, one of the reason I come to Cleveland clinic for my health care

      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is amazing Doctor!

      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

      Dr. P. Kaiser is the best!

      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

      Excellent experience with Dr. Kaiser and his staff.

      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

      Dr.Kaiser and his staff were courteous and professional.

      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

      I feel very confident and relaxed with Dr. Kaiser

      Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

      Loss of vision is a very frightening prospect. I have the utmost confidence and trust in Dr Kaiser. No nonsense yet very personable. I have no doubt that I'm getting the best care possible.

      Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is the best retina specialist, he truly cares about his patients and is very professional. I always look forward to seeing him.

      Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

      Great experience with Dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

      Dr Peter Kaiser is the best. The Cleveland Clinic is extremely fortunate to have him as one of their physicians with massive skills and knowledge.

      Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

      Dr.Kaiser is without reservation the finest eye specialist I've ever had the joy of being cared for by. He is relaxed & easy to talk to, yet simultaneously completely professional & brimming with vast experience. This is the kind of doctor who inspires confidence & hope in those who are lucky enough to receive his attention. Absolute highest marks possible for Dr. Kaiser in all categories; he Is an incredible asset to CCF or any medical organization of which he is a part.

      Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

      Completely awesome experience! Dr. Kaiser was amazing and he told me about a new treatment waiting to be approved in a few that Will he marvelous for eye health!

      Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

      I cannot thank Dr. Kaiser enough! He caught a misdiagnosis which leads me to have some hope for my Vision.

      Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

      Dr Kaiser is awesome

      Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

      Dr Kaiser took the time to listen to me and answer all my questions and concerns.

      Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

      This care provider is the BEST. Am very happy with his professionalism.

      Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser and his staff (Dawn, Nikki) provided exceptional care for my son and our concerns regarding his vision.

      Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is amazing and so very talented

      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent

      Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser and his staff are wonderful. It's always a good experience when I have an appointment with him.

      Reviewed on May 26, 2022

      Dr. KAISER and his staff did a great job of taking care of my concerns.

      Reviewed on May 26, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser was very informative and very straight-forward. He explained the problem thoroughly when two other doctors at a different practice indicated that things were fine and vision was 20/20 when in fact, it isn't. Dr. Kaiser is friendly and knowledgeable. We were glad to finally know what the problem was and that the previous surgery had been completed properly but that healing could take more time.

      Reviewed on May 25, 2022

      Dr Kaiser is the best and Dawn is very personable. However they have to move at a breakneck pace so you have to make sure any issues are said quick or forever hold your peace

      Reviewed on May 19, 2022

      I would recommend Dr Kaiser to anyone , as he is an excellent doctor and very caring.

      Reviewed on May 18, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser is very knowledgeable easy to understand explains everything he cares about my health and welfare. He's friendly and personable.

      Reviewed on May 5, 2022

      Dr. Kaiser has been overseeing my Macular Degeneration. He is extremely thorough and very good at explaining the problem and how he wants to treat my vision problem. I trust him and would recommend him to anyone who needs special care for their vision. Putting all that aside, he is a very nice man who has saved my vision from loss. Please commend Dr. Kaiser for all he has done for me.

      Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

      Dr Kaiser is one of the very best eye doctors I have ever had the pleasure to have care for my eyes. He is professional & very caring. It is always a pleasure to see him and I trust him completely.

      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.

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