School of Medicine

Dr. Roger Steinert named interim School of Medicine dean

Dr. Roger F. Steinert

June 2, 2014 -- Renowned eye surgeon Dr. Roger F. Steinert has been named the interim dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. 

The current Irving H. Leopold Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and founding director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, Steinert will oversee the academic and research missions of the medical school.

Steinert came to UC Irvine in 2004 as professor of clinical ophthalmology and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is a pioneer in laser surgery, most notably in LASIK and excimer laser refractive surgery and in corneal transplantation, developing techniques that have improved the vision of millions. 

Steinert holds numerous prestigious awards for advancing eye care, including being named one of America’s top ophthalmologists by Becker’s ASC Review and receiving in 2008 the Barraquer Award, refractive surgery’s highest honor. The Academic Senate selected him for the Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching in 2008-09.

He also serves as chief of ophthalmology at the UC Irvine Medical Center, where he is the current president of the Medical Staff and has been a member of the hospital’s Governing Board Advisory Committee since 2009.

He helped lead the effort to establish the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine, Orange County’s only academic vision-care institute. He oversaw the opening of the institute’s state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot research and clinical facility on campus last September.

Steinert follows Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, who has served as the medical school’s dean for the past five years. One of the nation’s premiere urologists and founding chair of the Department of Urology, Clayman will return to the faculty and his clinical practice at UC Irvine.

During his five years as dean, he welcomed 12 new department chairs and a new cancer center director; student applications increased by 25 percent; and he oversaw the creation of the iMedEd Initiative, the first medical education program in the country first to incorporate tablet computing, Google glass and portable ultrasound into academic and clinical training.

Steinert will assume his term on July 1.