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Steven E. Wilson, MD, received a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry (Irvine) and an MD (San Diego) from the University of California.
His postgraduate training included an internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, Wilson has held faculty positions at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was Chair of Ophthalmology and Grace E Hill Professor in Ophthalmology and Biological Structure until 2003. He is currently Staff Refractive and Corneal Surgeon and Director of Corneal Research at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Wilson has received numerous awards from the medical community, including being listed in "The Best Doctors of America" numerous times. He was an RPB William and Mary Greve International Research Scholar and received the Manpower Award from the Research to Prevent Blindness, a RPB Physician-Scientist Award, the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and he was elected to the honorary American Ophthalmological Society. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today named him as one of the 50 most influential doctors in cataract and refractive surgery in May 2006. He received the Lans Distinguished Lecturer Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2006.
Wilson has edited many medical journals and papers, held national and international committee responsibilities under the auspices of organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Eye Bank Association of America, and Fight for Sight. He is a former trustee and vice president for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) the largest vision research organization in the world and served on the executive board for ISRS-AAO and is the program chairman for ISRS-AAO for 2006.
Wilson holds various medical patents; is a highly trained and skilled scientist and surgeon; has been awarded numerous research grants in the field of ophthalmology and vision research; and he has authored and presented more than 200 papers, medical books and book chapters. His research focuses on gene delivery to human cells using viral vectors, wound healing, and cytokines and receptors in eye tissues and breast tissues. His laboratory is funded by the National Eye Institute. He is also a leading expert in Dry Eye and Ocular Surface and helped design and implement the phase III clinical trial for topical cyclosporine for dry eye.
Dr. Wilson was selected as a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for 2004 in the category Best New Voice in Fiction for his first international thriller Winter in Kandahar. His second international thriller, Ascent from Darkness, was released September 1, 2007 and was an honoree at the New York Book Festival and Hollywood Book Festival in 2007.
Laser Refractive Procedures (LASIK/PRK), Refractive Surgery
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