Steinert Honored for His Career of Innovation

In a packed ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel, OIS attendees recognized the achievements of one of ophthalmology’s physician-innovators. Roger F. Steinert, MD, was honored as this year’s OIS Lifetime Innovator Award.

OIS Co-Chair Bill Link told attendees Steinert “had an impactful career” in ophthalmology. “Roger has been an innovator in our field from the beginning from the time he was trained to cut on the cornea back at Harvard.”

Steinert is an international consultant and leader in cataract surgery, refractive surgery and corneal transplants. He has conducted numerous, high-profile research studies and remains at the forefront of innovation developments in refractive surgery.

He is recognized in the recent edition of America’s Top Doctors as one of only four physicians to be named in three categories of special expertise.

His extensive qualifications place him within an elite circle comprising the top 1% of LASIK and refractive surgeons in the U.S.

Video Highlights
00:12 – Bill Link announces the winner of this year’s OIS Lifetime Innovator Award.
00:35 – Roger has had an impactful career.
01:21 – OIS Lifetime Innovator Award video begins. Interview between Stephen Lane, MD and Roger F. Steinert, MD
13:36 – If you could be any surgical technology what would you be?
14:00 – Shares his medical history.
15:00 – Answers the question about what surgical instrumentation he would be – It’s elegant, classic, used in virtually every surgery…
17:05 – What do you feel are some of the more significant accomplishments?
17:20 – I’m not the person to answer that but lasers have always been important.
18:50 – Touch upon some of the key people in your life.
23:30 – What advice would you give young ophthalmologists?



William J. Link, PhD

Bill was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chiron Vision, sold in 1997. Bill founded and served as President of American Medical Optics (AMO), sold in 1986.

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Stephen Lane

Stephen Lane, MD

Dr. Lane is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota whose expertise is in cornea/external disease, cataract/anterior segment surgery and refractive surgery.

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Roger Steinert

Roger Steinert, MD

Dr. Steinert’s advanced skill and excellent surgical results have earned him a reputation as an international consultant and leader in cataract surgery, refractive surgery and corneal transplants.

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