Richard S. Kaiser, MD

Co-Director, Retina Fellowship

Subspecialty: Retina

Areas of Interest

  • Adult retinopathy of prematurity
  • Age-related wet macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy and its complications
  • Surgical conditions of the macula and retina

Dr. Kaiser is the Principal Investigator of several major international clinical trials investigating new forms of treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and a variety of other retinal conditions.


Richard S. Kaiser, MD is on staff of the Retina Service at Wills Eye Hospital and is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical doctor degree from New York University School of Medicine, where he was awarded recognition for his ophthalmic research. He completed his medical internship at Presbyterian Hospital/University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaiser performed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania and Scheie Eye Institute where he was appointed Chief Resident. Dr. Kaiser completed his two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan where he was awarded two national honors, the Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship Award and the Ronald G. Michels Retinal Fellowship Award. Following his formal training, Dr. Kaiser joined the staff at Wills Eye Hospital as a vitreo-retinal surgeon.

Dr. Kaiser is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Society of Heed Fellows, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Club Vitreous and is a past Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia. He serves as Manuscript Referee for Ophthalmology, the Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Retina, The Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases. Dr. Kaiser is the Principal Investigator at Wills Eye Hospital and Mid Atlantic Retina for clinical trials evaluating new treatments for age-related macular degeneration, and macular edema in CRVO. He has authored numerous publications on vitreoretinal diseases, and has been an invited speaker to present scientific papers at both national and international meetings.

Dr. Kaiser maintains special interests in adult retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy and its complications, age-related wet macular degeneration and all surgical conditions of the macula and retina.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology – 2001

Academic Affiliation
Professor of Ophthalmology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Fellowship:  William Beaumont Hospital – 2001
  • Residency:  University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute – 1999
  • Medical School:  New York University – 1995
  • Undergraduate:  University of Pennsylvania – 1991


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