Robert K. Maloney, MD, MA (Oxon), is a former Rhodes Scholar and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University. He completed his education at Oxford University and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Maloney was the first surgeon in western North America to perform LASIK surgery as part of the original FDA clinical trials. He is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA, and director of the Maloney Vision Institute, in Los Angeles, California. Voted by his peers as one of America's top ten vision-correction specialists in a nationwide survey conducted by Ophthalmology Times, Dr. Maloney has trained more than 700 surgeons in the use of the excimer laser and has personally performed more than 55,000 vision-correction surgeries.
He is the recipient of the prestigious 2001 Lans Distinguished Award, presented by the International Society of Refractive Surgery, for his innovative contributions to the field of vision-correction surgery. The American Academy of Ophthalmology awarded him the Senior Honor Award for contributions to the education of other eye surgeons and the Secretariat Award for contributions to the Academy. He is also selected as a "Best Doctor in America", Castle Connolly "America's Top Doctors", and was named one of the "34 Best Ophthalmologists in America" by Becker's ASC Review. He has contributed more than 100 articles, abstracts and reports to professional journals and delivered more than 200 invited lectures on five continents.
Dr. Maloney's research is focused on developing new technologies for vision correction surgery, including the implantable contact lens and the light-adjustable lens implant, and on complications of vision-correction surgery. He has been a principal investigator for twenty FDA clinical trials. He is the developer of the "Modified Maloney Method" of calculating IOL power for cataract surgery.
Dr. Maloney has appeared frequently on television as the exclusive LASIK surgeon for the ABC hit series Extreme Makeover. He has been interviewed by the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, NBC's Extra, ABC's 20/20 and Prime Time Live, PBS's Life and Times, CNN's The World Today, and CBS's The Doctors. His work has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers.