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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
  • 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
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Scleral Buckle
  • Surgical and Medical Treatment of the Retina
  • Sutureless (Small Gauge) Retinal Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diseases of the Vitreous
  • Lens Dislocation
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Diseases
  • 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

Residency - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA

Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA

Medical Education - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Boston, MA

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 8/3/2023, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

      • Clearside Biomedical, Inc
      • Novartis International, AG
      • Iveric bio, Inc.
      • Annexon Biosciences, Inc.
      • Bausch and Lomb
      • Genentech, Inc
      • Aviceda Therapeutics
      • Merck Sharp & Dohme
      • Coherus BioSciences
      • Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.
      • Thea Laboratories
      • Allergan Sales, LLC
      • RegenexBio, Inc.
      • Biogen Idec, Inc.
      • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
      • Boehringer Ingelheim
      • Ocuphire Pharma, Inc.
      • Bayer AG

      Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Kaiser has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

      • Stealth BioTherapeutics Incorporated

      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

      399 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

      71 Patient Comments

      Reviewed on May 30, 2024

      Great experience....loved the doctor!!!

      Reviewed on May 30, 2024

      I was very happy with the doctor.

      Reviewed on May 29, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent doctor. Informative without being an alarmist! Conservative when warranted.. Aggressive when needed. Always patient with questions. Excellent guidance.

      Reviewed on May 29, 2024

      I have been coming to Dr. Kaiser for several years now and have great confidence in his skills. I will be back to see him in December.Thank you!

      Reviewed on May 29, 2024

      I will keep coming to Dr. Kaiser as long as he is there. It is about a 5 hour drive each way. That's how much I trust him.

      Reviewed on May 29, 2024

      Dr and assistants were very helpful. Explanations were easily to understand.

      Reviewed on May 16, 2024

      Had difficulty scheduling an appointment specifically with Dr. Kaiser. My Chart scheduling kept kicking back to physicians I had never heard of. Exasperated, I finally sent Dr. Kaiser a note and his office responded very quickly and scheduled an appointment for me. Very exasperating.

      Reviewed on May 16, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser and all his staff are definitely the varsity.

      Reviewed on May 16, 2024

      I have recommended him to others. I drive from central NY to see him

      Reviewed on May 15, 2024

      Dr Ksiser is thoughtful and caring. I have recommended him to several people.

      Reviewed on May 2, 2024

      I have been seeing Dr. Kaiser for over 20 years . He is a caring competent doctor and all of his staff are very good . I have recommended Dr. Kaiser to a few people and they have been very happy with him also . .

      Reviewed on May 1, 2024

      I feel as though I am being taken care of by family because everyone is both friendly and professional. Dr. Kaiser is great in the field of retina specialists.

      Reviewed on May 1, 2024

      Even as Physician I have attempted to schedule appointments for myself consistently with difficulty

      Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

      I very much appreciate Dr. Peter Kaiser & his lovely resident Dr. Donnelly I believe her name was. Wonderful team. Thank you.

      Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

      I was extremely pleased with my visit with Dr. Wagner (Fellow) and Dr Kaiser. Both were very attentive, engaging, and personable. I totally respect their knowledge and recommendations, as presented, In providing my second opinion. It was totally well worth my visit from Louisville, Kentucky. Total professionalism was exhibited by the entire staff of Dr. Kaiser's team.

      Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

      I feel fortunate to have Dr. Kaiser as my physician. I always feel better when I leave his office. Thank you Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

      Great Dr you are lucky to have him

      Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

      Spent way to much time at the Clinic. Even though I like Doctor Kaiser very much, I will never schedule another appointment at the main campus.

      Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser is my hero in not giving up on me . He made sure that I received treatment from someone that had a different technique

      Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

      I have been seeing Dr Kaiser for more than 20 years. He is always concerned about his patients. I always know what the plan is.

      Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser and his staff are excellent.

      Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

      Overall the care I recieved from Dr. Kaiser over the years has been both effective and caring

      Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

      Always very knowledgeable and professional. I've always enjoyed the care that I've received from Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

      Dr.Kaiser is the best.

      Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

      Dr. Peter Kaiser is an outstanding physician.The fellow who administered the shot was good.

      Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent. Because he is so good I drove 750 miles round trip to see him.

      Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

      I have a follow-up appointment in May. I am looking forward to it. I have recommended Dr Kaiser and the Eye Clinic to others.

      Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024

      I ofter recomend Cleveland clinic , Cole Eye Center and Dr. Peter Kaiser. I am a long term diabetic and I can once again SEE.

      Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024

      The care provider was the doctor.

      Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

      I often praise Dr Kaiser and his staff to my friends

      Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

      I have recommended Dr. Kaiser to other people. He performed surgery on me several years ago that preserved my sight and did not have many of the difficulties usually associated with the procedure.

      Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser is the best!!

      Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser was wonderful in expertise, caring, advising, and facilitating discussion.

      Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

      Dr Kaiser is always attentive, responsive, and engages appropriately despite it being clear that he is very busy. I've treated with him for years, and I can't say enough good things about him

      Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

      Dr. Kaiser is the best!

      Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

      Llike Dr Kaiser very much and he truly studies images and conveys optimism.

      Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

      Everyone in the office is very polite and very helpful. Dr Kaiser is hands down the best in Cleveland don't waste your time with anyone Else.

      Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

      I have recommended Dr. Kaiser to others...

      Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

      Every stage of appt and checkin to techs and doctor... All are top notch.

      Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent

      Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

      I have complete confidence in Dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

      Dr.Kaiser and staff provided the best possible experience.

      Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser has been very considerate, conscientious, and caring throughout, always explaining everything, and listening to what I had to say.

      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

      I had the same Dr in 3010 and he is just an awesome down to earth person.

      Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023


      Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is the best.

      Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

      My experiences at Cole Eye have always been good. Staff and Dr are kind and respectful.

      Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

      I have the utmost confidence in doctor Kaiser and have for many years

      Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

      Dr. Peter Kaiser has provided excellent service for past years. I feel very comfortable in his care!

      Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

      I've been seeing the warm, wonderful, and brilliant Dr. Kaiser for 30 years for my retinal disorder and have recommended him to others dozens of times through the years.

      Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

      The staff and Dr. Peter Kaiser are an amazing team. Each is a specialist and superior

      Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

      DR.KAISER,did an outstanding job.I have had to undergo several eye surgeries and he is the best. I have and continue to recommend him to anyone in need.I travel about 2 hours to get to the Cole facility and am truly grateful that that a doctor of his caliber is that close.He is a franchise player.

      Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is the best. His fellow Eric was phenomenal also!

      Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is kind and thorough. His medical judgment is sound.

      Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is pleasant and I feel that he knows me and my husband. Dr. Kaiser does not rush me and his team is polite and efficient. They make up for the inconvenience of the construction going on at your campus. We have many doctors located more conveniently with free parking. Dr. Kaiser and his team are worth the extra inconvenience.

      Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

      Not provider It's your scheduling

      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

      *Dr. Kaiser has always been most helpful & encouraging. Always shows me the eye scan & explains what it shows.

      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

      Dr Kaiser seemed arrogant and made light of my condition. Did not give me treatment options I was happy with. Was dismissive of me. Bedside manner was very poor. Made light of the visit when I was very distressed about it. Felt like I was wasting his time.

      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

      Everything was great except for my experience with dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is a great doctor. I would recommend him to everyone. He is kind, thorough and takes time with his patients.

      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is wonderful. He explains clearly and takes his time listening to my questions. He also never seems to be in a hurry to finish up the appointment. He waits until we both understand that my questions have been answered. I leave feeling confident in my health care provider.

      Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is an excellent doctor.

      Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

      My appointment was originally scheduled with Dr. Toubolsi. After seeing me he determined that I was in the wrong group. He worked my case up and walked me to Dr. Peter Kaiser who finished the consultation. It was extremely well done and outstanding customer service.

      Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

      Dr Kaiser very good. Other providers not consistently good Each provider had a different technique for the same procedure

      Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser saw me very quickly... Quicker than normal.

      Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

      Dr. Kazier is caring and I will definitely keep him as my doctor and recommend him to everyone

      Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

      Great Doctor!

      Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser's care is consistently superb. I also enjoy his sense of humor!

      Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

      Dr Kaiser has been the best eye doctor I know. He is professional and knowledgeable. I am thankful he was able to discover the correct reason for my vision problems as I was misdiagnosed by the 1st retinal specialist that I was referred too. I referred myself to Dr. Kaiser for a second opinion. Best decision I made regarding my eye disease. I am thankful to Dr. Kaiser for accepting my self referral.

      Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

      I have great trust and faith in Dr. Kaiser. He is very professional and cares for his patients!

      Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

      Dr. Kaiser is an exceptional and caring physician. I am fortunate to have him as my doctor in this matter.

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