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 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

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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 12/18/2019, 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:

      • Alcon, Inc.
      • Biogen Idec, Inc.
      • Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
      • Oxurion NV
      • Novartis International, AG
      • Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC
      • Stealth BioTherapeutics Incorporated
      • Boehringer Ingelheim
      • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
      • Aerie, LLC
      • Allergan Sales, LLC
      • Takeda Global Research & Development Center, 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

      321 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

      66 Patient Comments

      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.

      Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser showed concern for me as a person first and it is much appreciated. A great person.

      Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

      I am always impressed with treatment from Dr. Kaiser and his entire staff.

      Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is the best!!

      Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is an outstanding, caring professional. He clearly explains what he is doing in language that I can understand. He is not too busy to listen and provide feedback. Unlike many physicians, he never seems to be in a hurry to move on. I feel as if he listens and takes the time necessary to provide excellent care and treat me as a person, not a name on a chart. I feel comfortable and well cared for. Thank you, Dr. Kaiser!

      Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser and the other Dr. are to be commended. I felt that I was in the presence of greatness at all times.

      Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser of the best physicians I have ever had in my life.

      Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent and the doctor who gave me my shot was the best I've experienced in my 7 years coming to the Cole Eye Institute!

      Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

      Good experience. Dr. Kaiser is a very good doctor and is always professional and nice. I drive over 6 hours each way. I would not trust anyone else with my eyes! Great place to find peace of mind regarding ones' Healthcare needs!

      Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

      I have the utmost confidence in my doctor and trust him with my care. I will continue to come see him for my eye care needs.

      Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is always very compassionate, understanding, and knowledgeable.

      Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

      Dr. Peter Kaiser is great with patients. Exceptionally knowledgeable and professional but very personable during the visit.

      Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

      Dr Kaiser is great tome. Honest, sympathetic, knows history and is very professional.

      Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser explained clearly about the problems of my eyes during this visit. Thank you so much.

      Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

      Excellent experience with Dr. Kaiser. One of the best doctors I've ever worked with!

      Reviewed on May 28, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser and his assistants are always the best in every regard.

      Reviewed on May 28, 2020

      Everything moves forward as it should! We travel to the CC every 4-to8-weeks for the past 2+years for an appointment with Dr. Kaiser for a shot in the eye for macular degeneration. Very successful treatment, great improvement in eye sight. We well worth the time and expense to travel 41/2 hours one way, often a two or more day expenditure. Also, now treating heart/thoracic problems at CC.

      Reviewed on May 28, 2020

      Dr Kaiser is always concerned with me.

      Reviewed on May 14, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is always willing to discuss my eye health. He is genius-smart and he's tuned-in to us patients. He's very responsive to any questions and concerns.

      Reviewed on May 7, 2020

      Dr Kaiser and Dawn are so amazing, skillful, knowledgeable and comforting. i would not go to anyone else.

      Reviewed on May 6, 2020

      Always, always an excellent experience with Dr. Peter Kaiser!!!!!!

      Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

      Dr. Kaisar and his supporting staff have always been above reproach in service and care.

      Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

      Dr Kaiser was outstanding! Thank you!

      Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

      excellent doctor - saved my sight

      Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is great in every way!

      Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

      Majority of appointment took place from 8:30 to 9:00, but the took 2 hours to see Dr. Kaiser from 11:00 to 11:08 to confirm shot. Then another 40 minutes waiting for Shor prep, finally another 25 minutes for shot and scheduling next appointment. Should have gone smoother and quicker Total 3:45 minutes

      Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

      DR Kaiser is simply the best, very professional

      Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

      Dr Kaiser always makes things very easy to understand. He's a very good Doctor.

      Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser was super great!

      Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

      The care is exceptionally, professionally done each and everytime that I have been seen in Dr.Kaisers care.

      Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

      I can't express the satisfaction and gratitude I hsve with Dr Kaiser and his staff as well as the ladies in the testing department.

      Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is the best! He is a blessing!

      Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

      Dr Kaiser and Dr Park and Dawn always give excellent care.

      Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser is the best!!

      Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

      I trust Dr. Kaiser completely.

      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

      Dr. Kaiser and staff are wonderful.

      Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser was very knowledgeable, informative, and caring as always. He saved my eyesight in my left eye!

      Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

      Dr Kaiser is wonderful!

      Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser and his staff have always helped me and been available when I needed them. Their very carrying and I wouldn't replace them with any one their the best.

      Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

      Dr Kaiser and his staff are wonderful !

      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

      Dr Kaiser showed great insight into my concerns and was very helpful in discussing prognosis. Thank him for me!

      Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

      Prior to my visit, I knew nothing about Dr. Kaiser. Very fortunate to get an appointment with him!

      Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

      Great doctor and a great regular guy you can talk to. Thank you. Gave me confidence and calm.

      Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

      The nurse that came in ,before the doctor,was GREAT! She explained every thing she was doing and had a very positive and humorous attitude. To be able to put up with my brother and I,only someone like Sharonda could do it. The doctor was very helpful and answered all our questions and even made us an appt. with another Dr. in Strongsville when he couldn't find out what the cause was. 2 thumbs up. You people rock. Thank you for everything and I would recommend Dr. Kaiser to any one having problems with their eyes.

      Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

      The only thing missing, from his prescription was the pupillary distance, which we can get from the strongsville Thanks to all who made this an enjoyable experience.

      Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser THE BEST!

      Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

      We were very happy with Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser saved my vision. I have and will continue to recommend him to my friends.

      Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

      VERY HAPPY WITH DR Kiser and with my visit

      Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

      *Dr. Kaiser is a phenomenal doctor.

      Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is always thorough and explains my eyeball pictures :) and his proposed treatment, if one is needed. This visit, a treatment was required.

      Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

      I surely appreciate the professionalism-@ CCF Dr Kiser office

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