Robert H. Osher, M.D.

  • Posted on: Jul 17 2013
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Robert H. Osher, M.D. is Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati and Medical Director Emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute. His practice has been limited to cataract and implant surgery by referral for thirty-five years.

Dr. Osher served his residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and completed three fellowships in Miami and at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.  He has received the Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship Award, the Maumenee Award, the Sheets Award, the Helen Keller Award, the de Schweinitz Award, the Ridley Award, the Rayner Award and the Arnott Award from England, the Canon Award from Japan, the Senior Academy Honor Award from AAO, the Lim Award from China, the Gold Medal Award from Australia, the Mooney Award from Ireland, the Nordan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kelman Award from Greece, the Excellence Award and the Watson Award from Canada.  The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has given Dr. Osher its two highest honors, the prestigious Binkhorst Medal and the Innovator’s Award.  He also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kelman Award, the highest honor given to a cataract surgeon by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and more recently the Kelman Award from the Brazilian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Osher has designed many of the contemporary intraocular lenses and instruments used in cataract surgery, in addition to developing new techniques in this subspecialty.  Dr. Osher’s surgical videos have won more than 25 first-prize honors at the American, European, Asian and South American Cataract Societies including 3 Grand Prizes at ASCRS and ESCRS.  He has delivered more than 100 named lectures to implant societies in more than 40 countries and he has contributed to a dozen textbooks in his subspecialty.  He is the Founder and Editor of the Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and has published more than 250 videos and peer-reviewed articles.

Besides his interest in cataract surgery, Dr. Osher has been a proud coach of more than 70 youth baseball and basketball teams reaching the National Championships in each sport.  He served as the ophthalmic consultant for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1990’s.  Dr. Osher has also published 17 children’s stories raising money with the proceeds for local and national charitable organizations.

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