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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:

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

      376 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

      67 Patient Comments

      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.

      Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is not only highly knowledgeable about his profession but has a deep respect and care for his patients. His staff follows in his footsteps. I would highly recommend him and his staff.

      Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser and his associates have all been wonderful.,

      Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

      Doctor answered all my questions and was clear about the plan for treatment.

      Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

      D.r Kaiser is very excellent doctor and great at communicating.

      Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser took the time to explain my condition and alleviated my concerns.

      Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

      I am very thankful for the treatment I have received at Cleveland Clinic. Courteous and prompt. Dr Kaiser has been wonderful and we have a good relationship.

      Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

      Dr. Kaiser is the best Dr. in the world. He is a genius

      Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

      dr. Peter Kaiser is a gem. He put me at ease right away and gave me straight answers.

      Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

      I felt that Dr. Kaiser, and his PA, Dawn, cared for me as if I was a personal friend or a favorite member of their family. They conveyed information in a manner that was understandable and very helpful. When I left, I felt I was exceedingly better informed than I had been over the last ten years with another ophthalmologist.

      Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

      I like Dr Kaiser, he is frank and to the point, no nonsense. Some patients may not like that but I appreciate his demeanor.

      Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

      Always good communication with doctor and technicians.

      Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

      Scheduling an appointment to see Dr. Kaiser was done professionally in a friendly, efficient way.

      Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

      I think highly of the Cole Eye Institute. Dr. Kaiser saved the vision in one of my eyes, 15 or so years ago. I trust Dr. Kaiser and the staff of the Cole Eye Institute. I will not go anywhere else for my vision care.

      Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

      I have recommended someone else to Dr. Mother-in-Law. The eye doctor she was seeing gave her a diagnosis that did not seem or sound correct even to me. I recommended that she seek a second opinion with Dr. Kaiser. She saw Dr. Kaiser and he confirmed my beliefs. My Mother-in-Law continues to see Dr. Kaiser

      Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

      Great professional grouup with Dr. Kaiser. All questions are answered, and information shared. Thank you

      Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

      appointment was timely and moved along with efficiency each step was explained by tech and doctors

      Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

      doctor Kaiser and personnel answered all questions expecially those my son (caregiver) asked with detail and conciseness

      Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

      Dr. kaiser is a top notch physician not only for his knowledge and expertise but also for the manner in which he treats his patients.

      Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

      Excellent doctor!

      Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

      I encountered a technician who did eye tests, dilated eyes etc., a technician who did telemetry on my eyes, a Fellow who examined my eyes and reviewed the pictures, and Dr. Kaiser, who examined my eyes, reviewed the pictures, discussed the progress in my condition, commented on a couple of peripheral concerns, and sent me on my way. Everyone was first rate, the fellow, and Dr.Kaiser is the best!

      Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

      I feel perfectly at ease, and confident when I have an app ointment with Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser and his assistants are the best!

      Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

      dr kaiser #1 dr.

      Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

      I have recommended Dr. Kaiser to others. He saved my sight - twice and both surgeries were much easier than I expected.

      Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

      Dr kaiser has my utmost respect. He performed surgery on me 18 years ago. He is second to none in regard to his surgical skill , communication skills and his sense of humor. I was lucky to have him as my surgeon.

      Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

      Dr Kaiser and team have always been very professional and caring to my healthcare needs

      Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is one of the best doctors I have had interaction with at the CC.

      Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

      Excellent service/treatment. Doctor Kaiser takes time to answer questions, and he always explains the treatment plan he proposes, and shows me the "photo" as a comparison to my last photo and the progress made.

      Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser and his staff are great. No complaints whatsoever. They treat you like you are their only patient that day :)

      Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

      Dr.Kaiser is a consummate professional and expert in his field. He genuinely shows great concern for the patients in his care. Very trusting.

      Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

      I sing the praises of Dr. Kaiser and the Clinic every chance I get. They went a step further in diagnosing CSR instead of wet macular than experts here in the Columbus area. A resident also examined me on this visit; was very professional. I'm always for having "students."

      Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

      Excellent care, Took time to explain what could possibility be the problem,and gave suggestions what to do. Took my fear and concerns away about something really serious with my vision. But, he explained all aspects of the problem, and reassured me there wasnt a problem. So I will see him again in ten years! Dr. Kaiser is a gem.

      Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

      Dr Peter Kaiser and his staff ALWAYS treats me wonderfully. I come from Cross Lanes WV and have been coming for over ten years. Dr Kaiser, Dawn and all of the staff have never disappointed me. they are very professional and caring. I have recommended CC to others

      Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

      Dr Kaiser always listens to any concerns and explains anything.

      Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is always very thorough and explains any findings and what treatment is needed and why.

      Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

      I always enjoy my visit with Doctor Kaiser he's the only doctor I really want as far as my Optical

      Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

      i wouldnt go anywhere else for my eyes. doc kaiser n the staff there are the best

      Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

      I always appreciate Dr. Kaiser's knowledge and care.

      Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

      We live 3 hours from Cleveland clinic. We don't mind driving that far because we feel that doctor Kaiser is always looking out for my best interest.

      Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser has an outstanding patient rapport. He is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and has a great doctor/patient demeanor.

      Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

      *Dr. Kaiser was very informative.

      Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

      Dr. Peter Kaiser and his staff are exceptional professionals, who clearly take the upmost pride in their work, and provide the patient with an extremely positive experience!

      Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

      Very compassion Doctor

      Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is the greatest he knows how to treat a patients

      Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is the greatest and he knows how to treat a patients

      Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

      Expert Doctor and staff

      Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

      Excellent experience with one on one office visit with Dr. Kaiser. His medical knowledge & vast expertise of Macular Degeneration was most appreciated. To hear from him in person that I need not worry about me getting MD. Was a blessing relief to hear. God Bless him.

      Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

      I have know and taken a family loved one to Dr. Peter Kaiser for over 10 yrs. of office visits. When my loved one died of Bone Marrow CA in 2017. When I was informed of a possible start of MD I was extremely worried. But knew exactly who to make a very urgent appointment with...Dr. Peter Kaiser and no one else could fill his medical shoes. Thank God.

      Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

      I personally left my medical papers in Dr Kaiser 's office. The medical staff Text me about it & placed them in an envelope to pick up. Or they said they would mail to me. I returned and retrieved the envelope. That I call CC Class Act performance. Superb.

      Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is a great eye specialist that I have had the greatest pleasure to have had his very best care for the past several years.

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