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Robert C. Kleiner, MD

Robert C. Kleiner, MD

Fellowships: Emory University; Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute

Residency: University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University

Undergraduate: Princeton University

Dr. Robert Kleiner is a Philadelphia native, a board-certified ophthalmologist, and a member of the Wills Eye Hospital medical staff and Wills Eye Retina Service since 1989. After winning a National Honor Society scholarship he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society. He received his medical doctor degree from Johns Hopkins University where he graduated at the top of his class, was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and received the Mosby Award for Scholastic Excellence. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a year of fellowship in retinal diseases at the Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital where he received the prestigious Heed Fellowship Award and a year of surgical retina fellowship at Emory University where he received the prestigious Heed Knapp Fellowship Award.

After completing his training, Dr. Kleiner joined the full-time academic staff of the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Wills Eye Hospital Retina Service in 1989.  He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and several prestigious international societies including the Retina Society, the Macula Society, and the Associated Society of Retina Surgeons.  He is a past president of the Philadelphia Ophthalmic Club, ”Top Doctors” by Main Line Magazine. Dr. Kleiner has authored numerous publications and book chapters, has been the first author to describe several unique new syndromes, and has received the Robert B. Shoemaker Research Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kleiner is currently an Attending Surgeon of the Wills Eye Retina Service, Associate Surgeon at the Wills Eye Main Line Surgical Center, and Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at Lansdale Hospital. He has expertise in all medical and surgical diseases related to the retina and vitreous including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal vein and artery occlusions, retinal detachment, macular hole, macular pucker, and inflammatory diseases.

When not engaged in medical activities, Dr. Kleiner is an avid fly fisherman and wingshooter as well as a competitive sailor, award winning photographer and classical pianist.