Steven Schallhorn, MD

Steve Schallhorn, MD is a board certified, licensed ophthalmologist in private practice in San Diego, CA. He is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, Chief Medical Officer for Carl Zeiss Meditec and Chairman of the Optical Express Medical Advisor Board.

After graduating from Colorado State University, Captain Schallhorn entered the US Navy in 1977 and was trained as an F-14 naval aviator. Following several deployments on USS Ranger, he was selected and served as a Navy Fighter Weapons School instructor (TOPGUN) teaching air combat to fleet fighter pilots. He then completed a medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, an ophthalmology residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1993, and a cornea fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California. Dr Schallhorn retired from the Navy in February 2007 as the US Navy’s Refractive Surgery Program Manager where he managed a multi-million-dollar budget and directed the center at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Dr Schallhorn is the founder of the Department of Defense refractive surgery program which now consists of over 20 centers providing mission-enhancing surgery to active duty personnel. He has led many studies on the safety and effectiveness of eye surgery with a special emphasis on evaluating the physiologic impact of environmental extremes, such as hypoxia, hypobaria, as well as the quality of vision. He has presented to the FDA numerous times and was instrumental in the approval of many ophthalmic devices.

Dr Schallhorn routinely receives consultation requests from governmental and civilian organizations around the world., including NASA where he was instrumental in the NASA approval of LASIK.


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