Dr. Steven E. Wilson, M.D

Cleveland LASIK Surgeon
Dr. Steven E. Wilson, M.D

Dr. Steven E. Wilson, M.D

Trusted LASIK Surgeons
Dr. Steven E. Wilson, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology Director of Corneal Research Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Director Staff Refractive and Corneal Surgeon Cole Eye Institute The Cleveland Clinic Trusted LASIK Surgeons™

Dr. Steven Wilson treats patients seeking LASIK, refractive surgery and corneal diseases from Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown and from throughout Ohio, as well from Erie, Pennsylvania


Credentials and Qualification
Professional Credentials
Additional Career Highlights, Honors and Awards
Education and Training
Surgeon Bio

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Credentials and Qualifications

Dr. Steven Wilson has extensive qualifications that Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ estimates place him among the top 1% of LASIK laser eye surgery and refractive surgeons in the United States.

For your convenience, these credentials and criteria have been grouped by Experience, Premier Patient Care and Credentials. In addition, Dr. Wilson has included some additional career highlights that while not used by Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ in our screening process, clearly demonstrate his highly distinguished career as a true pioneer in advancing vision correction surgery throughout the world.

Dr. Wilson’s qualifications and credentials as one of the top LASIK surgery experts include:


Over 24 years experience in refractive surgery, including laser vision, IOLs, and other vision correction procedures

  • Over 24 years experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK and PRK
  • Over 24 years experience in corneal transplant surgery
  • Performed over 15,000 LASIK and laser vision procedures
  • Performed over 3,000 corneal transplant surgery procedures
  • Principal Investigator for 2 FDA clinical studies for manufacturers of lasers and other devices, products, and/or medications related to vision and general eyecare as well as a Co-Investigator for 8 other FDA clinical studies
  • Principal Investigator for #EY10056 National Eye Institute (NEI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study which has been continuously funded by NIH for over 20 years

Premier Patient Care

  • “All-Laser” LASIK (bladeless) using the IntraLase laser
  • Wavefront Based (“Custom”) LASIK and PRK laser eye surgery and PTK therapeutic laser surgery
  • Offers complete refractive surgery care
  • Management of complications of surgery for new patients who had problems and complications from LASIK surgery or another vision correction operation or cataract surgery performed by another eye doctor
  • Other eye surgeons, optometrists, opticians, employees of companies that specialize in vision correction surgery devices or products, or their family members have had their LASIK or another vision correction procedure performed by Dr. Wilson.

Professional Credentials

  • Hospital Staff Appointments
    • Staff, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Professor of Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic School of Medicine
  • Professional Society and Organizations- Membership and Affiliations
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
      • Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (1995)
      • Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004
      • Executive Board, ISRS-RSIG Group, 1999-2006, ex-officio, 2007-2008
      • Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2001-2005
    • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
      • Lans Distinguished Lecturer Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2006
      • Lifetime Presidential Award, ISRS-AAO, San Francisco, CA, October 2009 For lifetime contributions to refractive surgery and vision research
      • ISRS-AAO Program Planning Committee, 2005-2006, chairman, 2006
      • Chair of the Program Committee of the ISRS-AAO, 2006
      • ISRS-AAO Program Committee, 2006-2009
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
      • Best in Show, Wound healing in the cornea, Video, ASCRS, 2005
    • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (A RVO)
      • ARVO Gold Fellow, honor recognizing individual accomplishment, leadership and contributions in ARVO (28 of 11,500 members named Gold Fellows of ARVO in 2009)
      • Long-Range Planning Committee, 1999-2004
      • Chair of Meeting Site Committee, 1999-2001
      • Program Planning Committee, Cornea Section (1993 to 1995; Chair 1995)
      • Board of Trustees, Cornea Section Representative, 2001 to 2006
      • Vice President and Member of Finance Committee, 2005-2006
      • Publications Committee, Chairman, 2009 to 2012
      • Distinguished Service Award, 2007
    • The Cornea Society (formerly the Castroviéjo Cornea Society)
      • Executive Board, 1999-2003
    • International Society for Eye Research http://www.iser.org (ISER)
      • Councilor - North America, 2010-2014
  • Certified by American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Consulting Positions (for companies that develop lasers, other ophthalmic products and medications)
  • Certification to Train other LASIK and refractive eye surgeons
    • Certified Surgeon Trainer of LASIK and PRK for the VISX Excimer Laser (1999-2005)
  • Editorial Boards and Positions:
  • Reviewer: Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Experimental Eye Research, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Over 200 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles published (10 in press will soon be out to give 200)
    • Dr. Wilson’s laboratory has been the leader in understanding the biology of the wound healing response to LASIK, PRK, PTK, Intralase LASIK and many other refractive surgical procedures
  • Over 10 text book chapters published
  • Over 25 videos and podcasts on ophthalmology
  • Over 200 lectures on research topics at major eye meetings
  • Served on over 50 vision correction and other eye related panels at major ophthalmology meetings
  • Taught over 30 courses at major eye meetings

Inventions and Patents

  • U.S. Patent #5,589,451, Methods and treatments for corneal healing with hepatocyte and keratinocyte growth factors
  • U.S. Patent #5,703,047, Methods and treatments for corneal healing with growth factors

Additional Career Highlights

  • America’s Top Doctors, 2004-2011, Castle Connolly Guides, top 1% of medical specialists in America
  • Best Doctors in America (2003-2011)
  • US News- Top Doctors, recognized as top 1% of clinicians in ophthalmology in USA, July, 2011
  • Best of Show Video Award 2011, “Mitomycin C in refractive surgery: Why, when and for how long, the quest for optimal parameters”, AAO Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • Jose Ignacio Barraquer Award at the 11th International Congress of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Natal, Brazil, May 19, 2010
  • Annual W. Bruce Jackson Lecture Award, Canadian Cornea Society, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Toronto, Canada, June, 2009
  • Horizons Grant Award for Fellow Training, 2007-2009
  • Tom Casey Memorial Lecturer, Dublin, Ireland, 2007
  • Physician-scientist Award, 2007, Research to Prevent Blindness, New York, NY
  • Plenary Lecture, Asia-ARVO, Singapore, 2007
  • 50 Most Influential Doctors, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today , May 2006
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressional Order of Merit, 2005
  • Best of Show Award 2002, “The relevance of corneal wound healing for refractive surgery,” AAO Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • Irvine Memorial Lecture, Doheny Eye Institute Annual Meeting, May, 2002, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chancellor’s Award in Neuroscience & Eye Research, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, New Orleans, La. (September 2000)
  • Best of Show Award 2000, “How to lift the flap to re-zap in a snap,” AAO Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
  • Named Everett-Kinsey Lecturer for 1998 CLAO Meeting
  • Manpower Award, Research to Prevent Blindness (July 1, 1994-June 30, 1995)
  • Research to Prevent Blindness William and Mary Greve International Research Scholar (July 1, 1992– February 1, 1994)
  • Top 2% of physicians as judged by other physicians in The Best Doctors of America (Steven Naifeh and Gregory W. Smith, eds.), 1994 Woodward/White.
  • Fight For Sight / National Society to Prevent Blindness (1991)
  • Fisons Travel Grant Award, CLAO (1990)


Surgeon Bio

Dr. Steven E. Wilson 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. His third international thriller, The Ghosts of Anatolia, published in 2010, won the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award Gold Prize in Fiction for 2011 and was runner-up in fiction at the Hollywood Book Festival in 2011.

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