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Robert B. Bhisitkul


Vitreoretinal surgeon

Dr. Robert Bhisitkul is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist who provides medical and laser treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. He also performs surgery on macular hole and macular pucker (conditions that cause blurred or distorted vision), retinal detachment and complications of diabetic eye disease.

Bhisitkul recruits patients to participate in UCSF clinical trials on novel therapies for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, and also for studies on long-term outcomes for treatments such as surgically implantable devices that deliver medication. He also conducts research on retinal disease mechanisms and surgical innovations. With the USCF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, he is collaborating on a project to develop a bioengineered polymer device for ocular drug delivery.

Bhisitkul earned his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine and his doctoral degree in neurosciences at Yale University. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and a vitreoretinal fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

Bhisitkul has received the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has published more than 60 papers in clinical and scientific journals. He serves on the editorial board of American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports and has served as associate editor of the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Bhisitkul is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has served on the exam committee of Kuwait's ophthalmology board.

  • Education

    Yale University, PhD, Neurosciences, 1992

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 1993

  • Residencies

    Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Ophthalmology, 1996

  • Fellowships

    Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Vitreoretinal Fellowship, 1998

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic Title


Clinics I work with

Retina and Vitreous Clinic

Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision

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My reviews


Overall Experience
334 Ratings
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
334 Ratings
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
331 Ratings
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
273 Ratings
Knew the important information about your medical history
332 Ratings
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
330 Ratings
The provider spent enough time with me
332 Ratings
Decorative Caduceus

Pivotal 1 Study of RGX-314 Gene Therapy in Participants With nAMD

BCVA measured by Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS)