About Dr. Harvey A. Fishman


  • M.D. Stanford University Medical School 2000
  • Ph.D. Stanford University
    • Analytical Chemistry with a Neuroscience emphasis 1995
  • 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
  • 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 Scientist Stanford University Ophthalmology 2000-2005

Private Practice Ophthalmology

  • Medical Director Founder
    • Harvey A. Fishman, MD A Professional Corporation, Comprehensive Ophthalmology 2007 -present
  • Head of Cataract Service and Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Ophthalmology  Academically Oriented Ophthalmology Practice in Santa Cruz, CA 2005-20072005-2007

Hospital Appointments

  • Medical Staff El Camino Hospital Ophthalmology

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)
  • 36 Peer-reviewed Publications
  • 11 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 where he continues to lead advancements in ocular surface disease, novel diagnostics, and digital health (telemedicine).  Dr. Fishman has a special interest in dry eye disease and second opinions in ophthalmology and offers telemedicine consults for patients out of the area.

He is currently involved in several exciting research areas including the novel treatment and diagnosis of dry eye disease, development of advanced lenses for cataract surgery (consultant to Powervision- the Fluidvision lens),  new therapies and technologies for macular degeneration, and digital health.  He has recently co-founded CoolDoctors, an digital health mobile app company developing ophthalmology based applications for patients in his practice.

Dr. Fishman has lectured medical students at Stanford Medical School. In the past, Dr. Fishman served on the board of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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