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When Dr. Robert Maloney decided to become an eye surgeon, almost forty years ago, he had a simple goal: he wanted to help people see better. And perhaps because Dr. Maloney doesn’t do things halfway and doesn’t believe in “just okay,” that goal was rapidly supplanted by a new one: to give his patients great vision, without the need for glasses or contact lenses. And after almost thirty-five years of working at the forefront of innovative vision correction surgery, he’s made that target an attainable one.
Top Los Angeles Eye Surgeon, Dr. Maloney explains why he has such a passion for perfecting eyesight. “When I was a young boy, my grandmother needed surgery for cataracts. It didn’t go well, and I watched her nearly lose her vision because of it.” It wasn’t the vision loss that inspired Los Angeles eye doctor Robert Maloney. It was its restoration.
The inspiration from that eye surgery, which seemed like a miracle to young Maloney and his family, carried Maloney all the way through college, medical school, internships and residency. As one of the top eye doctors in Los Angeles, Dr. Maloney applies this same passion and care to each patient he operates on. It is this extraordinary level of service that has many of his patients considering him the best eye surgeon Los Angeles has to offer.
Dr. Maloney graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard College, with a degree in Mathematics.
Dr. Maloney returned to England to do a Research Fellowship in Physiology at Cambridge University.
As a Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Maloney earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Dr. Maloney did his residency in ophthalmology in one of the most prestigious programs in the United States, Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Maloney obtained his Medical Doctor degree in his home state of California at the University of California at San Francisco.
Dr. Maloney continued his surgical training with a Heed Fellowship in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Emory University. Here, he participated in the earliest trials of LASIK surgery.
A testament to his belief in the safety and benefits of LASIK surgery, Dr. Maloney had the procedure performed on his own eyes in 1997, making him one of the first refractive surgeons in North America to have LASIK.
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 has a special clinic devoted to treating patients who have had problems with prior eye surgery.
Dr. Maloney is on the Board of Trustees of Good Samaritan Hospital, where he serves on the Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee of Children Mending Hearts, a charity that provides cultural enrichment programs for homeless children and a Trustee of Van Nuys Charities, which provides financial support for charities that serve children and the homeless.
Dr. Maloney has appeared frequently on television: as the exclusive LASIK surgeon for the ABC hit series Extreme Makeover, as well as performing LASIK for E!’s Dr. 90210 and TLC’s Ten Years Younger. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, NBC’s Extra, ABC’s 20/20 and Prime Time Live, PBS’s Life and Times, CNN and Entertainment Tonight. His work has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including People Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, USA Today, Men’s Health, Vogue and the Wall Street Journal.
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