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

  • Board-Certified Physician, California
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Parts I, II, and III (Examination for Board-Certified Physicians in California)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Board-Certified Ophthalmologist)
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Dr. Harvey Fishman. Medical Director of FishmanVision.

Post Graduate Training

  • Chief Resident in Ophthalmology, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology 2004 – 05
  • Ophthalmology Residency, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology 2002 – 05
  • Medical Retina Research, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology, 2001 – 02 (pre-residency fellowship)
  • Medical Internship, St. Mary’s Hospital, Internal Medicine 2000 – 01
  • Post Doctoral Research, Stanford University Department of Neurobiology 1996 – 97

Academic Appointments    

  • Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology, 2000 – 05

Private Practice Ophthalmology

  • Medical Director, Founder of FishmanVision 
    • Harvey A. Fishman, MD, A Professional Corporation, Comprehensive Ophthalmology,  2007 -present
  • Head of Cataract Service
    • Academically Oriented Ophthalmology Practice in Santa Cruz, CA 2005 – 07

Hospital Appointments

  • Medical Staff, El Camino Hospital, Ophthalmology

Entrepreneurial Ventures

  • Co-Founder, TearBio, 2017 – pres.
  • Co-Founder, EyeCareLive (CoolDoctors, Inc),  2016 – pres. 
    • Telemedicine solution for Ophthalmology and Optometry
  • Co-Founder, AppMedicine, 2012 – 15
    • Digital health platform (AppVisit) to enable providers to perform asynchronous virtual office visits.
  • Co-Founder, MobileDx, 2010 – 12
    • Developed Eyephotobill for billing external photos on the iphone and EyeSnapi, a prototype digital medical platform for ophthalmology e-visits. Iphone app innovations for ophthalmology.
  • Co-Inventor of Sightmate (Low Vision Video Eyewear), Vuzix, 2007 – 08
    • Video eyewear for patients with low vision focusing on Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Research Consultant, Caliper Technologies, 1996 – 97
    • Research investigator for laboratory on a Chip: Micromachined Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) Chip Arrays to Screen for Novel Protease Inhibitors

Highlights from Dr. Fishman’s Curriculum Vitae

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  • 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)
  • 40 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.