Stephen McLeod, MD


Dr. Stephen D. McLeod, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, is an ophthalmologist who specializes in in cataracts, corneal disease and refractive — or vision correction — surgery.

McLeod's research focuses on diagnosing and treating corneal infections, as well as developing devices to improve cataract surgery.

McLeod earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After an ophthalmology residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he completed fellowship training at the Doheny Eye Institute in corneal and external disease — a category ranging from conjunctivitis to cataracts — and refractive surgery. He is editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Corneal Disease and Surgery
8 Koret Way, Suite U-545
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-8200
Fax: (415) 514-6919

Laser Vision Center
8 Koret Way, Room U-519
San Francisco, CA 94143–0644
Phone: (415) 353–2020
Fax: (415) 514–6904

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Title

Chair, Ophthalmology

More about Stephen McLeod


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 1989


Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago, Ophthalmology 1993


USC Doheny Eye Institute, Cornea, External Eye Disease and Refractive Surgery 1994

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Chen CL, Clay TH, McLeod S, Chang HP, Gelb AW, Dudley RA. A Revised Estimate of Costs Associated With Routine Preoperative Testing in Medicare Cataract Patients With a Procedure-Specific Indicator. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Mar 01; 136(3):231-238.
  2. Ray KJ, Prajna NV, Lalitha P, Rajaraman R, Krishnan T, Patel S, Das M, Shah R, Dhakhwa K, McLeod SD, Zegans ME, Acharya NR, Lietman TM, Rose-Nussbaumer J. The Significance of Repeat Cultures in the Treatment of Severe Fungal Keratitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb 10.
  3. Deiner MS, McLeod SD, Chodosh J, Oldenburg CE, Fathy CA, Lietman TM, Porco TC. Clinical Age-Specific Seasonal Conjunctivitis Patterns and Their Online Detection in Twitter, Blog, Forum, and Comment Social Media Posts. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2018 Feb 01; 59(2):910-920.

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