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Richard S Davidson, MD

Professor


Cornea and External Diseases
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anschutz Medical Campus
1675 Aurora Court, F731
Aurora, CO 80045

Appointments: (720) 848-2020

Curriculum Vitae

Doctor Richard S. Davidson joined the University of Colorado Eye Center in 2002 as a specialist in cataract, corneal and refractive surgery. He is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Medical Director for the faculty practice at the UCHealth Eye Center. In addition, he serves as the Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Eye Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Davidson is also the co-medical director of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank.

Dr. Davidson attended Hahnemann University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, PA, from which he graduated in 1997. While there, he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He then completed his residency at the world-renown Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was elected by his peers and supervisors to serve as Chief Resident his final year.

In 2002, Dr. Davidson completed his fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery with Drs. Mark Mannis and Ivan Schwab at the University of California, Davis. Since joining the University of Colorado Eye Center, Dr. Davidson has presented his research and has given instructional courses at conferences nationally and internationally and authored numerous book chapters and other publications on his specialty. He is actively involved in ongoing clinical research, collaborates in national FDA trials, and is regularly asked by the Colorado media to comment on ophthalmology-related issues.

Among his many achievements, Dr. Davidson has been awarded the 1st Annual Academic Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology in 2006, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement award in 2008, and the University of Colorado Hospital President’s Award in 2010. In addition, he was listed as a “Top Doctor” in the 2012 issue of U.S. News and World Report and the 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 issues of Denver lifestyle magazine, 5280.

His expertise includes small incision, no-stitch cataract surgery (including LenSx laser-based cataract surgery), corneal transplantation (including “ultra-thin” DSAEK) and refractive procedures such as LASIK and PRK.

EYE CONDITIONS: 
Cataract, Cornea, External Ocular Diseases, Refractive surgery.

EYE TREATMENTS: 
Cataract Surgery, Corneal Transplants (both penetrating keratoplasty and DSAEK), LASIK Surgery, Intraocular Contact Lens (ICL) Surgery.

EDUCATION:

  • Medical School: Hahnemann University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital
  • Fellowship: Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery, University of California, Davis


AWARDS:
1994
Medical Student Professional in Residence Summer School Scholarship, Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, CA
1994 Class of 1965 Academic Merit Scholarship, Hahnemann University School of Medicine
1995 Measy Foundation Academic Merit Scholarship, Hahnemann University School of Medicine
1996 Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Society, Zeta Chapter, Hahnemann University School of Medicine
1997 Student Affairs Committee Award, Hahnemann University School of Medicine
1997 Distinguished Academic Performance Award, Hahnemann University School of Medicine
2000 Bausch and Lomb Travel Grant for Young Investigators Award, CLAO Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
2001 Bausch and Lomb Travel Grant for Young Investigators Award, CLAO Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
2000-2001 Elected Chief Resident, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Recipient, 1st Annual Academic Faculty Teaching Award, University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology
2006-2007 Recognition for Participation, Foundations of Doctoring Mentoring Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine
2008 Recipient, American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award
2009 “Best Poster” Award for Davidson, R, Shah, A, Richheimer, B, Forstot, SL, The Use of Visante OCT to Verify the Power of a Mislabeled IOL That Was Implanted During Cataract Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, October 2009
2010 University of Colorado Hospital President’s Award – Awarded for “Working Together with the Pre-op Call Center Team”
2011 Appointment to the Basic Clinical Science Course (BCSC) Committee for Refractive Surgery
2011-2014 Castle Connolly "Top Doctor"
2012 Selected as one of four “Top Docs” in Ophthalmology in Denver’s 5280 Magazine, July 2012
2012 Selected as a “Top Doc” in US News and World Report Magazine, July 2012
2012 Appointment to the Refractive/Cataract Surgery Subcommittee for the Cataract Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
2013 Appointment to the Cornea Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
2014 Selected as one of four “Top Docs” in Ophthalmology in Denver’s 5280 Magazine, July 2014
2014 Invited panelist, 1st Global Consensus on Keratoconus and Ectatic Diseases
2015 Castle Connolly “Top Doctor”
2015 Selected as one of three “Top Docs” in Ophthalmology in Denver’s 5280 Magazine, August 2015
2016 Selected as one of three “Top Docs” in Ophthalmology in Denver’s 5280 Magazine