Dr. Avi Wallerstein,
- Over 60,000 ocular procedures
Dr. Avi Wallerstein co-founded LASIK MD along with Dr. Mark Cohen. He is the Executive Vice President of LASIK MD, and one of its two National Medical Directors, overseeing medical protocols and quality control for the largest laser eye surgery provider in Canada and overseeing over 50 laser eye surgeons. As a board certified Canadian ophthalmologist, he is the Director of Optics and Refractive Surgery teaching at McGill University and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Attending Staff at the McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC). Dr. Wallerstein teaches ophthalmologists-in-training and performs surgeries. He heads the LASIK MD Research and Development department. He is one of the few ophthalmic surgeons in Canada to have solely dedicated his clinical and surgical practice to laser vision correction for over 15 years.
Dr. Wallerstein completed his medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and then specialized in ophthalmology, with a residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship training in corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and laser refractive surgery at Cornell, North Shore University Hospital and New York University in New York.
Dr. Wallerstein is a world expert in refractive surgery, with extensive clinical experience of over 60,000 laser vision correction procedures. He has acted as a medical consultant in the development of laser eye surgery centres in North America, Europe and Asia. In Canada, Dr. Wallerstein began his career working for laser vision correction clinics such as the Focus Eye Centre in Ottawa, Montreal’s Ophthalmolaser Clinic, and the LASIK Vision Corporation, where he was the international medical director for 28 clinics in North America and co-chairman of the company’s medical advisory committee. Dr. Wallerstein was certified a C-LASIK instructor, making him one of 14 surgeons in North America with the designation to teach LASIK. He has trained over 200 Canadian ophthalmologists, and oversees the yearly LASIK MD National Surgeon Conference on advanced LASIK techniques.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wallerstein has played an important role in the development of new technologies. He was the first to use the vertical flap LASIK technique with a scanning spot laser in Quebec, which was later adopted as the standard of care in North America. Dr. Wallerstein’s highly specialized practice has allowed him to be proficient in multiple new technologies including Bausch and Lomb’s Zyoptix platform, the Alcon WaveLight excimer and femtosecond lasers, and the AMO IntraLase. He handles complex corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) procedures for keratoconus patients combined with excimer laser and topography guided treatments for challenging corneas. Together with Dr. Cohen, Dr. Wallerstein has developed PresbyVision®, a corneal based correction for presbyopia, improving reading vision. He has also been the principal investigator, working with manufacturers and pharma, on several multi-centre clinic trials in laser vision correction.
Accomplishments and Awards
Dr. Wallerstein (together with Dr. Mark Cohen) was awarded the ProMontreal Technology Entrepreneur award in 2006, and the Ernst & Young 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the professional/financial services category for Quebec, with a Canadian national citation for service excellence. An accomplished speaker, Dr. Wallerstein has given a number of talks to the medical community. He was awarded the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Best Scientific Paper prize on several occasions, and has more than 90 peer-reviewed published and presented scientific abstracts to his credit. Dr. Wallerstein also established the first Canadian laser eye surgery teaching curriculum for ophthalmology students, and has developed and implemented the only electronic medical records software specialized for laser vision correction. Dr. Wallerstein is ranked by patients as the number one ophthalmologist in Montreal on RATEMDs.com.
Associations and Professional Memberships
- Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, FRCS(C)
- Canadian Ophthalmology Society, COS
- Canadian Association of University Professors of Refractive Surgery, CAUPRS
- American Academy of Ophthalmology, AAO
- International Society of Refractive Surgery, ISRS
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, ASCRS
- European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, ESCRS