Richard Lewis, MD

Richard A. Lewis, M.D. is the former director of glaucoma at the University of California, Davis. In 1988, he co-founded Sacramento Eye Consultants in Sacramento, CA. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in clinical research in national and international trials in anterior segment disease and glaucoma therapy. He is the past President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2014-15) and past President of the American Glaucoma Society (2000-02). Dr. Lewis is the medical Editor Emeritus of Glaucoma Today and on the editorial board of numerous journals. He is the current Chief Medical Officer for Aerie Pharmaceuticals (2015). Dr. Lewis attended the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in medicine from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago in 1978. His ophthalmology training included a residency at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, and a fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Iowa Department Of Ophthalmology in Iowa City (1982-83). Dr. Lewis has published over ninety articles and book chapters focusing on glaucoma, ophthalmic surgery, and ophthalmic pharmacology. He is co-author of the book, Curbsides in Glaucoma. He teaches and lectures extensively on glaucoma and cataract surgery. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor and Senior Honor as well as the Secretariat and Life Achievement Awards for his contributions in teaching and leadership and for initiating the AAO Subspecialty Day meeting. In 2019, he received the Presidential Medal from the American Glaucoma Society.