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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Decatur, GA USA
Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT USA
Internship - Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT USA
Medical School - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA
Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA
- AAO Achievement Award
- The Hartwell Foundation Research Fellow
- Matilda Zeigler Foundation Research Fellow
retinal detachment secondary to degenerative disorders such as myopia or trauma or diabetes, retinopathy of prematurity and other acquired vitreoretinal diseases, vitreoretinal diseases, pediatric retina
Awards & Honors
- Distinction in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, 1988$0$0Cum Laude, Yale University, 1988
- Yale Medical Student Research Fellowship, sponsored by National Institutes of Health; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Section of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, 1990-1992
- Harold J. Lamport Prize, awarded for the most creative biomedical research by a Yale medical student, Department of Biochemistry, Yale School of Medicine, 1992
- Yale Resident Research Prize, Department of Ophthalmology, 1995 and 1996
- Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship, in support of clinical research, 1997
- Emory Medical Care Fellowship, in support of basic science research, Emory University School of Medicine, 1997
- Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Fellow Research Competition, Finalist, 1998
- Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, 1998
- Clinical Investigator Development Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2003
- Best Doctors in America, 2005-2009
- Best Doctors in Cleveland, 2005-2009
- American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2007
- Editorial Board Member Online News and Education (O.N.E.), 2007
- Editorial Board Member British Journal of Ophthalmology
- Best Research, Poster American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2008
- Strathmore Who's Who 2009
Innovations & Patents
- Stimulating angiogenesis to prevent ischemic retinopathy
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- International Congress of Eye Research
- Association of Pediatric Retinal Surgeons
- Cleveland Ophthalmic Society
- Heed Ophthalmic Society$0$0
Research & Publications
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212 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.8|
|Knows Medical History||4.7|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.7|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.8|
12 Patient Comments
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Reviewed on Apr 20, 2017
staff and physician always speak to my son- who is almost 17. direct questions to him- not me. Love that- he feels he is part of his care
Reviewed on Apr 11, 2017
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Reviewed on Mar 7, 2017
Dr. Sears and Christine are excellent.
Reviewed on Jan 31, 2017
We could not have had a better experience. We feel so lucky to be able to have our child treated at the Cleveland Clinic. Thank you so much. We feel like there is no better treatment anywhere.
Reviewed on Jan 17, 2017
Good! The doctor answered all of my questions.
Reviewed on Nov 17, 2016
Everything was good
Reviewed on Oct 25, 2016
Always keeps me informed. I have a Master's Degree and research my disease. He always answers my questions and doesn't rush me or treat me like I am bothering him. He treats me as an intelligent being. Some Dr. treat you like a 10 yr old. Sears is the best!
Reviewed on Jul 7, 2016
Dr. Sears was wonderful. Very concerned and patient. Great Doctor
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