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Malik Y. Kahook


The Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, Professor and Chief, Glaucoma Service at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, The University of Colorado’s Department of Ophthalmology, Aurora, Colorado, USA

If you weren’t an ophthalmologist... 

If I were not a practising clinician-surgeon, I hope I would still be involved in the research and development of new medical devices. My career has been split between patient care and working in startup companies over the last 15 years. I have had the good fortune of bringing several devices from benchside to bedside and my enthusiasm for this type of work has only increased over time. We started ClarVista Medical over a decade ago and developed a novel intraocular lens that was eventually acquired by Alcon in 2017. That experience was very educational and influenced me to continue with new ideas working with New World Medical and others to launch medical devices on the global market. I can see myself being very happy in that world full time, but still keeping my focus on the patient and enhancing outcomes for those in need of medical and surgical care. Another option would be in the field of education since this is a big part of what I enjoy today. A significant part of my time is spent buildingwww.KEOGT.com, which is a free online resource for glaucoma education as well as lecturing on the ORBIS Cybersight platform. I enjoy the exchange that happens during these teaching opportunities and always feel excited about engaging with colleagues around the globe. 


Part of the Power List 2020

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From ocular oncology to tackling neglected diseases, our 2020 Power Listers are making their mark on ophthalmology – and beyond.

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Part of the Power List 2019

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This year we have 50 of the best inventors, mentors, emerging leaders, surgical pioneers and champions of change. With our “Five Top Tens,” we hope to showcase the best, the brightest, and the most forward-thinking that ophthalmology has to offer.

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Part of the Power List 2018

100 reasons to be proud

This is the third time we have tried to map the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology. The list includes surgeons, scientists, engineers, CEOs and more, and each one of them has been voted for by you, our readers.

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Part of the Power List 2016

100 reasons to be proud

Welcome to The Power List 2016 – our second foray into the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology.

Though we realize our list can (and should) never be definitive, who can argue that the faces within – both familiar and new – do not beautifully highlight the brilliance and diversity found within the field?

Here, we celebrate 100 reasons to be proud of ophthalmology.

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Part of the Power List 2015

Top 40 Under 40

In 2014, we compiled a list of the Top 100 most influential people in ophthalmology – an endeavor that received a significant amount of attention and, it’s fair to say, caused more than a little controversy. For our 2015 Top 40 Under 40 list we’ve taken a different approach, asking: who are the young, up-and-coming individuals set to rise to the top of their field? That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Our list this year almost halves the average age of the celebrated individuals, with many of them born in the same year as the iconic Sex Pistols cover – 1977. Though we admit that no list of this type can be definitive, it does clearly show that the future of ophthalmology is very bright indeed. And so, without further ado, we celebrate the movers and shakers aged 40 or under who show what can be achieved with determination, passion and inspiration.

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