- Robert Maloney (doctor)
Robert K. Maloney, MD, MA (Oxon), is a former Rhodes Scholar and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University. He completed his education at Oxford University and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Maloney was the first surgeon in western North America to perform LASIK surgery as part of the original FDA clinical trials.
He is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA and director of the Maloney Vision Institute in Los Angeles, California. Maloney has trained more than 700 surgeons in the use of the excimer laser and has personally performed more than 45,000 vision-correction surgeries.
He received the 2001 Lans Distinguished Award, presented by the International Society of Refractive Surgery, for his innovative contributions to the field of vision correction surgery. The American Academy of Ophthalmology awarded him the Senior Honor Award for contributions to the education of other eye surgeons and the Secretariat Award for contributions to the Academy. Named as an industry leader in Becker’s ASC Review 2010 "34 of the Best Ophthalmologists in America." Maloney has published more than 100 articles, abstracts, and reports in professional journals; has delivered more than 200 invited lectures on five continents; and has a number of patents.
Maloney’s research is focused on developing new technologies for vision correction surgery, including the implantable contact lens and the light-adjustable lens implant, and on complications of vision-correction surgery. He has been a principal investigator for fifteen FDA clinical trials. He has a special clinic devoted to treating patients who have had problems with prior vision correction surgery.
Maloney is one of the co-founders of Focus on Independence, a non-profit organization that offers free LASIK surgery nationwide to quadriplegic patients. He is on the Board of Trustees of Good Samaritan Hospital, where he serves on the Executive Committee. He is also Trustee of Children Mending Hearts, a charity that provides cultural enrichment programs for homeless children and a Trustee of Van Nuys Charities, which provides financial support for charities that serve children and the homeless.
He has appeared frequently on television as the exclusive LASIK surgeon for the ABC series Extreme Makeover. He has been interviewed by the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, NBC’s Extra, ABC’s 20/20 and Prime Time Live, PBS’s Life and Times, and CNN’s The World Today. He has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers.
- ^ Page, Leigh. "34 of the Best Ophthalmologists in America". Becker's ASC Review. http://www.beckersasc.com/asc-industry-leaders/30-of-the-best-ophthalmologists.html. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
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