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Robert N. Weinreb


Distinguished Professor and Chair, Ophthalmology, Director, Shiley Eye Institute, Distinguished Professor, Bioengineering, Director, Hamilton Glaucoma Center, Morris Gleich, MD Chair of Glaucoma, University of California, San Diego, California, USA

A little-known or interesting thing about you...

With a background in mathematics and electrical engineering, I was interested in visual perception and thought it might be possible to interface computers with the brain to restore and enhance vision. I realized that I would need a medical degree to engage in clinical investigation. Early in my ophthalmology training, however, I placed my goal of interfacing computers and the brain aside, as I recognized that computing capabilities would be insufficient for decades. Fortunately, I discovered glaucoma as a resident, a specialty that was replete with unmet needs and ripe with opportunities to translate laboratory discoveries to enhance care.

One practical tip for a fellow expert...

One should never stop learning as there are many more questions about glaucoma than answers. In my office, I have a plaque with a quote by Michelangelo that reads, “I am still learning.”  Every day, I am reminded how fortunate I am to be able to do this.


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 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 2014

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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