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Robert H. Osher


Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Medical Director Emeritus, Cincinnati Eye Institute; Founder and Editor, Video Journal of Cataract, Refractive & Glaucoma Surgery; Founder & Program Director, Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is! Annual Meeting, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Robert Osher has limited his practice to referral cataract surgery for over 40 years since completing his residency and multiple fellowships at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Wills Eye Hospital. He joined his father in private practice in 1980 and built the Cincinnati Eye Institute into one of the largest practices in the United States. As Medical Director, he recruited more than 50 fellowship trained ophthalmologists and merged CEI with the residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he continues to serve as Professor of Ophthalmology.

Osher introduced the Video Symposium as a new educational format in the early 1980’s and about the same time founded the first Video Journal in Medicine for which he has served as the Editor for about 4 decades. The VJCRGS is donated quarterly as a free member benefit of nearly every cataract society in the world. The videos that he has produced have won more than 40 international awards at the ASCRS Film Festival and ESCRS Video Competition. Dr. Osher also founded Cataract Surgery Telling It Like It Is!, one of the largest subspecialty meetings in ophthalmology. He has designed numerous instruments and devices for cataract surgery as well as developed many techniques for challenging cases and complication management. In addition to delivering more than 50 named lectures, he is the recipient of the Binkhorst Award and the Innovator’s Award from ASCRS as well as the Kelman Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


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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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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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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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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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The 100 most influential people

Who are the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology?
That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – over two months ago, ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Here, without further ado, we celebrate the answer.

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