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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


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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    340 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    Dr Jay Stewart s the best so good in fact I recommended him that day to a patient who had seen another eye specialist and was actually crying in the hallway because of the way he was treated and the last of information he was given. I told him if he got an appointment with Dr. Stewart he'd have a totally different experience!
    Nov 02, 2023
    Both the resident and attending physicians are excellent-expert professional strong communicators and compassionate.
    Nov 02, 2023
    Dr Stewart was excellent informed me of things dealing with my condition that previous UCSF doctor never informed me of
    Sep 19, 2023
    Dr Jay Stewart is exceptional in his treatment explanations and kindness. Having had the opposite experience with another UCSF physician I know whereof I speak when I use the word EXCEPTIONAL.!!!
    Sep 16, 2023
    Love Dr. Stewart and his demeanor.
    Sep 14, 2023
    This was a second opinion after two years of care at another institution. Went to the parking garage and cried on the phone with my husband and sister with relief of feeling that I had information and clarity about options I did not have before.
    Sep 03, 2023
    Excellent doctor in all respects
    Aug 16, 2023
    Extraordinarily knowledgeable communicative and kind.
    Aug 13, 2023
    Dr. Stewart is the rare doctor who is fantastic in every category.
    Aug 12, 2023
    I am comfortable as n the service and happy
    Aug 03, 2023
    Consistently for years now Jay Stewart MD has provided me with care and education and professional expertise that is beyond the above scales - #6 and excellent is closer to reality. The care with which he reviewed my images with me to make sense of knowledge I don't have was exemplary. I love that he is training the next generation(s) of opthamologists. I am so grateful.
    Jul 26, 2023
    Dr. Jay Stewart is No. 1 in the whole system! He's truly a treasure in all areas on all fronts in everything that counts!
    Jul 24, 2023
    Dr. Stewart is very good.
    Jun 22, 2023
    Dr. Stewart is best in my opinion.
    May 25, 2023
    Dr. Jay Stewart is the best! I hope he never retires. ;o)
    May 20, 2023
    Dr. Stewart and staff are amazing show empathy and care toward me and answered all of my concerns during this difficult situation thank you.
    May 11, 2023
    Dr Stewart and his staff are amazing
    Apr 24, 2023
    Dr. Stewart is an outstanding doctor in every way. I am so grateful for his care and concern for my continued improving eye sight.
    Apr 06, 2023
    Care providers are nice and easy to talk to.
    Apr 04, 2023
    After a full day of surgery Dr Stewart took time to see my for a possible acute episode. Tremendous level of service and commitment
    Mar 30, 2023
    Dr Stewart is the best
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr. Stewart is the best!
    Mar 27, 2023
    Dr. Stewart is exceptional in his approach. He is at the top of his game...I am moving forward with a cure to my eye problem which was missed by an East Bay Retinal Surgeon. Go Dr. Stewart...
    Mar 09, 2023
    Physician appeared rushed.
    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.