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 10/1/2019, 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:

      • Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
      • Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC
      • Boehringer Ingelheim
      • Novartis International, AG
      • Other
      • Biogen Idec, Inc.
      • Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc.
      • Bayer AG
      • Oxurion NV
      • Alcon, Inc.
      • 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

      370 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
      Listens 5
      Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
      Knows Medical History 5
      Time Spent with Patient 4.8
      Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

      47 Patient Comments

      Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

      I surely appreciate the professionalism-@ CCF Dr Kiser office

      Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

      I have been with Dr. Kaiser for many years. I have the highest admiration for him as a person, and I have the utmost confidence in his knowledge and expertise in his ability as a doctor. I feel privileged and honored to be a patient of his. I give my highest recommendation to everyone who is in need of exceptional eyecare.

      Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is the best!!

      Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

      great Dr would recommend him for sure !!

      Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

      Love Dr. Kaiser and his staff. Very professional but always ready to answer as many questions as you have.

      Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser, his residents and staff assistants are extremely competent and professional. Consistently.

      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

      Great I love my Dr. Kaiser!

      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is excellent! He is caring and very professional. I could not be in better hands. His staff is also great.

      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser loves his work and it shows. he is the best.

      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser and his staff have always been exceptionally caring and competent

      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

      I have great confidence in Dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

      Our dr. and nurses and assistant's are miracle workers I must say God bless them through and through!

      Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

      would like same doc to give shot.

      Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

      the entire experience from valet to Dr Kaiser and beyond was great!

      Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser was his usual thorough expert self and answered questions well.

      Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

      Dr Kaiser told me to tell Dr Sood what I needed in the numbing process before my eye injections. Dr Sood was very helpful and considerate about my requests. I appreciated that very much. The injections were good.

      Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

      I love Dr. Peter Kaiser and the entire staff I see when I go to the Cole Eye Institute. Dr. Kaiser is the best doctor I know and an asset to his profession.

      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

      the doctor was a good listener. he was good at explaining my medical situation and reassuring.

      Reviewed on May 30, 2019

      dr Kaiser. is the most caring and concerning doctor I have ever had the privilege to be a patient. His knowledge in his area expertise is superior.

      Reviewed on May 30, 2019

      Dr Kaiser is THE BEST! I recommend him and the CCF to everyone! I love the Cleveland Clinic and have gotten the best care at your facility.

      Reviewed on May 30, 2019

      I tell everyone how wonderful Dr Kaiser is.

      Reviewed on May 29, 2019

      top notch,md the best

      Reviewed on May 23, 2019

      visit was great , dr kaiser was great and to the point , the staff was great , talking / working with the office was not so good [over the phone ] . lost the records , and had to resend , wanted the doctor to have time to see all the work that had been done before seeing him .[ rare condition ] i would highly recommen dr kaiser , the guy knows his stuff and is though o , takes his time and anwser any questions , was very pleased .

      Reviewed on May 9, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser always expresses the choices in treatment clearly and explains his reasoning for the course he recommends. I have confidence in his knowledge and experience.

      Reviewed on May 8, 2019

      doctor Kaiser has been very amazing in both his care and bedside manner and I would recommend him to any one that I care about that needs this type of treatment!

      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

      Dr Kaiser is an exemplary person and physician. They don't come any better

      Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

      love Dr. Kaiser. knowledgeable and kind. the wait to see him can be lengthy but its worth it. He's the best

      Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is like a cheerleader for trying to have good health - cheers when successful and strong support when having a problem.

      Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

      I believe Dr. Kaiser is the best in his field and feel honored that he is my doctor. He is extremely personable and you can tell he cares about you and your outcome.

      Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

      The care provider was very professional and made me feel safe in the procedure he was doing.

      Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is the best doctor I've ever seen. It's because of him that I'm able to see so much better than I ever have since my vein occlusion!

      Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

      Dr Kaiser and his staff are professional, caring and awesome!

      Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

      awesome dr kaiser great bedside manner which is very rare today to see

      Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is just the best!

      Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

      I really appreciate the professional and very friendly and respectful ways that I experience and observe Dr Kaiser and the staff interacting with other patients and myself. I also appreciate the ability of the staff to have a sense of humor. It takes off the edge of nervousness while being professionally cared for by the staff. Thanks, Dr Kaiser!

      Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser, his staff, and clerical workers do an excellent job. They are professional, kind, and courteous.

      Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

      Dr. Kaiser is an excellent doctor with great kindness.

      Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

      too long a wait time sitting there to see dr Kaiser

      Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

      the visit took over 3 hours and Had to wait at least 2:45 minutes to see Dr. Kaiser.

      Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

      Everyone is exceptional when I go to see Dr. Kaiser, from when I get there until when I leave.

      Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

      I drive an hour to see this doctor for one reason... he's the best and his staff is the best .

      Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

      Dr was very considerate and clear.

      Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

      Dr. Kaiser was excellent. Extremely satisfied with my experience.

      Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018

      I would have liked more time with Dr. Kaiser, the doctor I made the appointment with. I saw all the team members and they communicated with him but I would have liked him to examine me as well as speak to me at the end of the appointment. I felt he was the voice of reason and was excellent but I wanted him to examine my eyes instead of the Fellow. The Fellow was very good but I came all the way to Cleveland to have Dr. Kaiser look at my eyes with his lens.

      Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

      I feel Dr. Kaiser is very knowledgeable and he has great rapport.

      Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

      All of my visits to the Cleveland Clinic have been notable for the courtesy and efficiency of every member of staff we encountered, from the parking attendants to Dr. Kaiser, without fail.

      Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

      Dr. Kaiser was always friendly, relaxed, upbeat and always provided several opportunities for me to ask more questions. He was confident from the outset that I would have a good outcome, shared the reasons why with me, and in reality, I had a great outcome!

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