Dr. Stephen Whiteside
Over 44,000 LASIK and PRK procedures performed
SpecialtiesLASIK surgeryPRK Surgery
Currently working inSan Diego
Dr. Whiteside received his Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Following medical school, he completed military training, with honors, in aviation and aerospace medicine, and served as a Navy flight surgeon. He then performed a research fellowship at the Center for Research on Ocular Therapeutics and Biodevices. He subsequently completed his residency at the Storm Eye Institute, acting as chief resident.
Dr. Whiteside has been involved in laser vision correction and intraocular lens (IOL) surgery for 25 years, including LASIK, PRK, refractive lens exchange, cataract surgery, and phakic IOLs. He has been the chief surgeon and regional medical director for several LASIK clinics throughout Texas, and has contributed to numerous advisory boards and leadership teams. Dr. Whiteside has held the role of clinical adjunct faculty and civilian consultant for the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program, and has performed surgery on many Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, and fighter pilots.
Dr. Whiteside is also a research investigator with the Retina Research Center. He actively participates in FDA clinical trials, exploring new glaucoma therapies, dry eye management, and research into macular degeneration, presbyopia, and diabetic macular edema.
Dr. Whiteside is a proud recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Leadership Achievement Award and was the first-ever resident selected to serve on the nation’s Young Ophthalmologist Committee. He has been named on several “Best Doctors” lists, and was recognized with the distinction of “Top Doc”, placing him in the top 1% of LASIK, refractive, and cataract surgeons in the U.S. During his time in the Navy, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and worked closely with the Blue Angels on several projects.
- International Society of Refractive Surgery
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Texas Medical Association
- Texas Ophthalmological Association
- Travis County Medical Society
- Austin Ophthalmology Society
- Board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology