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Steven Sanislo, MD
Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology
Bio Dr Sanislo has over 20 years of experience in clinical and surgical practice in retinal and vitreoretinal diseases. He is the senior vitreoretinal surgeon at Stanford and maintains a large clinical practice as well as teaching ophthalmology residents and retina fellows. He also participates in clincal reasearch for varying retinal conditions. Dr. Sanislo recieved ophthalmology training as a resident here at Stanford, and recieved vitreoretinal training as a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Research interests include treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases.
Dr. Sanislo has extensive clinical and surgical experience in the following diseases:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Posterior uveitis / infectious and inflammatory disease of the posterior segment
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Myopic degeneration / pathologic myopia
- Macular pucker / epiretinal membranes
- Macular hole
- Repair of simple and complex retinal detachments
- Macular edema
- Retinal vascular occlusion
Ira Schachar, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Bio Dr. Schachar is a board-certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. He spends his clinical time helping the underserved population at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. It is there that Dr. Schachar treats some of the most challenging conditions facing ophthalmologists today. He has expertise in the areas of ocular complications of diabetes, retinal detachments, and uveitis. In addition to his adult patients, Dr. Schachar screens and treats premature infants at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who are at risk for retinopathy for prematurity. His overarching goal is to capitalize on the most advanced surgical techniques, laser treatments, and drug therapies to minimize patient discomfort, accelerate healing, and maximize long-term outcomes.
When Dr. Schachar is not seeing patients, he is working to advance the field of ophthalmology through translational research. His basic science research is primarily dedicated towards mechanisms to increase the duration of action and enhance the effectiveness of antibodies, such as Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea, which are injected into the eye. Separately, he is refining surgical implants for the treatment of presbyopia and is a co-founder and board member of Vitrean, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for retinal detachments.
Dr. Schachar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Duke University. From there he traveled to Oxford, where he received a master’s degree in biology. He attended the premier Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society. After graduating from medical school, he went on to complete his Medical Internship at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and then completed his Ophthalmology residency at the world renown University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During residency, he received numerous awards related to teaching, research, and clinical expertise. He then completed his fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at Stanford University.
In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Schachar has an appreciation for underappreciated hobbies. Some of his favorites are card magic, juggling, yo-yoing, and collecting insects.
Ruwan Silva MD, MPhil
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Bio Professor Ruwan Amila Silva, MD, MPhil is board certified and fellowship trained vitreoretinal surgeon in the department of ophthalmology at Stanford University Medical Center. He received his BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University graduating Magna cum laude with Highest Honors. He then received his Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Neurobiology from Cambridge University in England. Following this, he received his medical degree from Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Silva completed his ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the top rated eye hospital in the country. While there he was awarded the Heed Fellowship, the most prestigious national award for ophthalmology residents in the country. Dr. Silva returned to Stanford University to complete his vitreoretinal surgery fellowship where he was awarded the Ronald G. Michels Foundation Award, the nation’s highest honor for a retina surgery fellow. During his fellowship at Stanford he was also awarded the prestigious Evangelos S. Gragoudas Award by the Macula Society. Following fellowship, Dr. Silva remained at Stanford University's School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Vitreoretinal Surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology. Since 2015, he has been named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America. He was also selected as a "Top Ophthalmologist" by the International Association of Ophthalmologists.
Dr. Silva's clinical practice focuses mainly on macular degeneration and retinal vascular disease (such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and central serous retinopathy). Surgically, he specializes in diseases of the vitreous and retina: including repair of retinal detachments, surgery for the macula (such as treatment of epiretinal membranes and macular holes) and correction of dislocated intraocular lenses. His research interests mainly involve developing novel therapies for these diseases and have resulted in over 50 combined peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters and national meeting presentations.
Dr. Silva is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, as well as the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.