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Jay M. Stewart


Vitreoretinal surgeon

Dr. Jay Stewart is an ophthalmologist who specializes in treating disorders of the retina and vitreous (the thick transparent substance that fills the center of the eye). His expertise includes conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ocular trauma, retinal detachment, retinal vascular diseases and uveitis (swelling of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye).

In his research, Stewart studies diabetic retinopathy, drug delivery to the eye, and the permeability and biomechanics of eye tissues.

Stewart earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in ophthalmology at UCSF. He completed a fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute and won the vitreoretinal surgery award from the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation, which funds outstanding young scholars.

Stewart is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists and Retina Society.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 1999

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Ophthalmology, 2003

  • Fellowships

    Doheny Eye Institute, 2005

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic Title


  • Languages



Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    334 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 09, 2023
    Jay Stewart MD is a competent and skilled physician a clear communicator and educator (shares information explained imaging answers questions). This was my first urgent visit scheduled for symptoms and the above was still all true. The fellow who examined me before Dr Stewart was also excellent - kind communicated well and did a super thorough exam ( when I thanked and appreciated his communication he smiled and said - "it really helps if you like what what you do". So - thanks to him ( I'm sorry I do t remember his name) and what better evidence of department leadership and mentorship that the fellow is also so excellent.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Very patientprofessionalkindand supportive!
    Feb 02, 2023
    I had other care providers before. UCSF is BarNone. I feel Fortunte.
    Dec 10, 2022
    Dr. Stewart is always professional thorough and listens well.
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr Stewart is the best!
    Dec 01, 2022
    My only suggestion is that patients be told to be prepared to not drive home due to eye drops and pupil dilation. My drive home by myself was stressful.
    Nov 03, 2022
    Fellow for Dr. Stewart was too rough during exam. Bed side manner was dismissive to my reactions to rough treatment during exam.
    Nov 03, 2022
    Dr Stewart is the best! He shows remarkable patience and empathy with elderly patients.
    Oct 26, 2022
    I feel I received EXCELLENT care which I deeply appreciate.
    Oct 21, 2022
    First of all I'm so grateful to the entire awesome team which has perfectly helped me out to accomplish this medical visit with wonderful experiences.Particularly I heartily and greatly appreciate Dr. Stewart for his amazingly kind care and exceptionally professional authorities. After Dr. Stewart pinpointed and clearly explained my vision problems and concerns I finally can let the 3-year-long worry and anxiety go. Besides I also learned what the related symptoms needed to watch and the cautious actions needed to take in the future.It's indeed impressive and admirable of you all. If my eyes continue to be ok I'll definitely come back for an annual eye exam with Dr. Stewart. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in 2023. Thank all of you so much!
    Oct 16, 2022
    I am a long-time patient of Dr. Stewart and I am so grateful for his care.
    Oct 15, 2022
    I didn't know it could take months before my vision cleared. Thought it would be just a couple of weeks
    Sep 29, 2022
    Excellent experience
    Sep 18, 2022
    Dr Stewart is the best- he listens and explains issues in easy to understand terms and I trust him with my eye care completely
    Sep 02, 2022
    Dr stewart is the best!
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr Stewart is excellent-his intern who did an exam prior to Dr Stewart was not. He was rough seemed uncaring said nothing about what he was doingvery unpleasant
    Aug 26, 2022
    Best experience!
    Aug 26, 2022
    Dr. Stewart rocks! I couldn't ask for a more thorough clinician. He is a superstar in my playbook.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr. Stewart is very good with the patient. He listened to all of my concerns and questions and answered with good explanations.
    May 27, 2022
    Dr Stewart always listens to my concerns and helps me understand my treatments. He explains everything to me so I can understand what the future holds. He is truly the best Kind helpful and caring
    May 19, 2022
    Dr Jay Stewart who I have now seen for years is the consummate professional. I am delighted that he is teaching the next generation. I appreciate his clinical judgment his teaching his ability to discern the level at which I can understand my findings. He also referred me to an excellent physician In cornea service; their coordination with my eyes in the center should make them and UCSF proud.
    May 18, 2022
    Apr 16, 2022
    Always clear concerned and cared about my questions.
    Apr 07, 2022
    Dr. Stewart would be an a 10plus on a scale of 1 to 10. He Is the epitome of an excellent top notch doctor. I wish everyone could have a doctor like Dr Stewart
    Mar 24, 2022
    Dr Stewart always explains my progress or his concerns about the photos of my eyes. I have the utmost regard's for him and his decision on my future
    Mar 18, 2022
    I continue to be amazed by the care Dr. Stewart gives his patients. He Is extremely wise and professional. Yet he takes the time to explain and listen. He makes you feel important. I wish everyone could have some one like Dr. Stewart taking care of them. He also works tirelessly long hours to take care of us. He is the best
    Mar 11, 2022
    Dr. Stewart has restored my eye sight. Wouldn't seek care with anyone else
    Mar 09, 2022
    Dr. Stewart is one of the best providers I have ever had at UCSF!
    Feb 22, 2022
    Very attentive
    Feb 18, 2022
    This was for a second opinion (2nd visit) and this care provider was much better than the one I first saw in private Retinal specialist office in San Mateo.
    Jan 24, 2022
    Dr. Stewart is just the best...forever grateful for his expertise kind caring manner and communication skills
    Jan 20, 2022
    Still have a few follow up questions. What is the correct procedure? My Chart!
    Jan 13, 2022
    Jan 06, 2022
    Dr. Stewart would rank in the top 5 physicians I have ever known. He is amazing and frankly I have asked him questions outside the eye because he has such good judgment.
    Dec 04, 2021
    Dec 01, 2021
    Excellent care
    Nov 17, 2021
    Dr. Stewart is a busy man. I don't expect him to chat needlessly with me or other patients. I have seen him for five years and I like him and his nurse and others I have contact with. I no longer drive but they have been able to treat my illness. I can read on the phone use the computer I think I am lucky to be treated by an outstanding team!
    Nov 11, 2021
    Dr Stewart is terrific
    Oct 29, 2021
    Very good
    Oct 10, 2021
    Busy clinic excellent care more than competent team.
    Sep 21, 2021
    Dr Stewart was one of the most caring doctors I've ever encountered. He explained my diagnosis using graphics to aid in understanding listened to all my concerns and answered every question I had with consideration and detail.
    Sep 17, 2021
    Dr Stewart always has me in his best interest this visit he gave me a tip about my eye drops and it has definitely worked. I am so grateful for him
    Aug 21, 2021
    Dr Stewart is the best Dr. In his field Im so happy I was able to get treatment with him.
    Aug 21, 2021
    Competency evident communication clear what is known and not known shared clearly referral made for additional specialty consult.
    Jul 16, 2021
    Dr. Stewart was truly excellent in all respects. I am very grateful to have been able to see him for my very concerning eye problem.
    Jun 18, 2021
    Dr. Stewart is the best! I feel lucky to have him taking care of my challenging vision problem. He is an exceptional physician and surgeon and also kind and compassionate. I feel listened to and involved in my treatment.
    Jun 10, 2021
    Dr. Stewart has shown tremendous concern in addressing my eye problems.
    May 27, 2021
    I am so impressed with Dr. Stewart. I am extremely grateful to be under his care. I am also impressed with how his office is run. I saw him several times on this visit as testing progressed and heard about test results and saw some imaging and received an analysis and and then went on to a further test. Then proceeded throughput smoothly and efficiently. Then at the end of the visit I saw Dr. Stewart again to go over the plan. to hear about a volunteer opportunity which I was happen to agree to. This visit could not have been better. The office works smoothly I hear short exchanges which are always respectful and low key and although I can't hear what is said exactly I have the sense of a happy calm reassuring to me bee-have. There is sort of an unheard hum to the office throughout. It keeps me feeling I am in the best place to be. Thank you to everyone. I am concerned about my eye issues and every single person I came in contact with made me feel calm and even happy being in the office despite my anxiety about my vision outside the office I just feel OK I am getting the best care so not to worry right now with all these kind people.
    May 27, 2021
    Very clear concise.
    May 13, 2021
    I cannot recommend Dr. Jay Stewart highly enough!
    Apr 29, 2021
    Apr 23, 2021
    Dr. Stewart was extremely patient with the loud patient (so I could hear the whole discussion) he saw before me and even though this put him behind by the time he saw me he answered my questions even though I volunteered to let them wait until the next appt. I really appreciate/respect Dr. Stewart for both of those actions