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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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About Dr. Harvey A. Fishman




M.D. Stanford University Medical School 2000
Ph.D. Stanford University


(Neuroscience emphasis)

B.S. Penn State University Chemistry 1990

Board Certifications

  • National Medical Board Examination, Parts I, II, and III
    (Board-Certified Physician in California)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Board-Certified Ophthalmologist)
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology


Post Graduate Training

Chief Resident Stanford University Ophthalmology                   2004 - 2005
Residency Stanford University Ophthalmology                   2002 - 2005
Research Stanford University

Medical Retina Research   2001 - 2002

(pre-residency fellowship)

Internship St. Mary's Hospital Internal Medicine                 2000 - 2001
Post Doctoral Stanford University Neurobiology                       1996 - 1997

Academic Appointments


Senior Research


Stanford University Ophthalmology            2000-2005


Private Practice Ophthalmology


Medical Director Founder Harvey A. Fishman, MD   
A Professional Corporation
Cataract Specialist
Comprehensive Eye Consultant
Ophthalmology 2007 -present
Cataract Specialist Academically Oriented Ophthalmology Practice
Head of Cataract Service
and Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Ophthalmology 2005-2007


Hospital Appointments

Medical Staff Dominican Hospital Ophthalmology
Medical Staff El Camino Hospital Ophthalmology

Surgery Center Appointments

Medical Staff El Camino
Surgical Center
Medical Staff Cypress Outpatient 
Surgery Center
Medical Staff Waverly
Surgery Center
Medical Staff Campus
Surgery Center
Medical Staff Santa Cruz
Surgery Center


Highlights from Dr. Fishman's Curriculum Vitae

    * Ophthalmology Training, Stanford Department of Ophthalmology
    * Board-Certified American Board of Ophthalmology
    * MD Stanford University School of Medicine
    * PhD Stanford University Chemistry (Emphasis in laser chemistry)
    * 34 Peer-reviewed Publications
    * 10 U.S. Patents
    * 27 Invited Talks including American Academy of Ophthalmology National Meeting,

      Retina Subspeciality Day
    * Founder and Former Director Stanford Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory

      (thesis co-advisor to 4 graduate students in Applied Physics and Chemical Engineering)

    * Founder of the Stanford Retinal Prosthesis Project in 2000 
    * Co-Authored 3 Major Research Grants, NIH, Stanford Bio-X
    * Clinical Consultant to Major Ophthalmic Research Companies
    * Ad hoc Reviewer, NIH Grants
    * Manuscript Reviewer for Major Ophthalmology Journals including IOVS, Journal of

       Neural Engineering
    * Dr. Fishman's research discussed in Scientific American, The Economist, JAMA,

      Technology Review: An MIT Enterprise, Dr. Dean Edell, ABC 7 News San Francisco,

      The New Scientist, The Osgood Files on CBS Radio with Charles Osgood.

Dr. Fishman received his undergraduate B.S. degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in neuroscience.  He then earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at Stanford working with Professors Richard N. Zare and Richard H. Scheller in the area of lasers, microfluidics, and neuroscience. Dr. Fishman also conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Neurobiology working in the field of nerve regeneration.  He earned an M.D. from Stanford Medical School and completed a medical internship at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco including training from San Francisco General Hospital.  After his medical internship, Dr. Fishman joined the department of Ophthalmology at Stanford and founded and directed the Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Fishman completed his residency training in advanced eye surgery and medical treatment for eye diseases at Stanford.


At Stanford, Dr. Fishman was awarded one of the first Stanford University Bio-X grants for his work on the "The Artificial Synapse Chip."  This enabled Dr. Fishman to found the Stanford Retinal Prosthesis project in the Department of Ophthalmology. After spending 15 years at Stanford, he then joined an academically oriented private practice office where he was the head of Cataract Surgery and Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics. In 2007, Dr. Fishman started his own ophthalmology practice with two offices (Palo Alto and Santa Cruz) where he continues to lead advancements in cataract surgery and medical therapy for eye diseases.  Dr. Fishman has a special interest in complex anterior segment surgery including secondary lens implants, lens exchange, iris repair, and second opinions in cataract surgery. In particularly complex cases, Dr. Fishman operates with pre-eminent retinal surgeons to obtain optimal outcomes.

As a comprehensive ophthalmologist and anterior segment surgeon, Dr. Fishman is a leader in ophthalmic innovations and offers suture-less pterygium surgery, functional upper-lid blepharoplasty and laser surgery for “after cataracts,” narrow- and open-angle glaucoma. He also treats a wide variety of corneal and external diseases, macular degeneration screening, and same day emergency visits.  He also offers annual eye care exams that include prescriptions for eye glasses and contact lenses.  With a strong research background as a Stanford MD PhD, Dr. Fishman also provides informational “research consults” on emerging ocular therapies including Stem Cell Transplantation and Artificial Retinal Prosthesis. 


He is currently involved in several exciting research areas including the development of advanced lenses for cataract surgery (consultant to Powervision- the Fluidvision lens), new therapies and technologies for macular degeneration, and the surgical correction of presbyopia.  He has recently co-founded AppMedicine, an mobile app company developing ophthalmology based applications for patients in his practice.  He has served on the board for the Vista Center for the blind and visually impaired for 5 years.