Professor of Ophthalmology
Vice Chair, Clinical & Translational Research
Director, Glaucoma Service & Glaucoma Fellowship
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anschutz Medical Campus
1675 Aurora Court, Mailstop F-731
Aurora, CO 80045
Appointment: (720) 848-2020
Malik Y. Kahook, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Research and serves as chief of the glaucoma service and co-director of the glaucoma fellowship at the University of Colorado Eye Center. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma.
Dr. Kahook is active within the ophthalmology community including memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgeons, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Glaucoma Committee and is a member of the American Glaucoma Society Program Committee. Dr. Kahook has authored over 210 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters, and is editor of Essentials of Glaucoma Surgery, MIGS: Advances in Glaucoma Surgery and the seminal textbook of glaucoma Chandler and Grant’s Glaucoma. His research accomplishments are focused on multiple unmet needs including advanced cataract surgery devices and implants, treatment of macular degeneration, novel glaucoma therapies and advanced imaging techniques. He was awarded an AGS Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Award in 2007 as well as the AGS Compliance Grant in 2006 and was named New Inventor of the Year for the University of Colorado in 2009 and Inventor of the Year for 2010. He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2011, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award in 2017 and the Ludwig Von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award (ARVO) in 2013.
Dr. Kahook has filed for over 60 patents, several of which have been licensed by companies for development and commercialization. Four devices invented in the lab of Dr. Kahook are currently in clinical trials or commercialized globally. He serves on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Ophthalmology and International Glaucoma Review. Dr. Kahook is a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Device Division.
After graduating from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Dr. Kahook completed his residency training at the University of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute in Denver, Colorado, where he was named Chief Resident. He then went on to complete a fellowship in glaucoma with Joel S. Schuman and Robert J. Noecker at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kahook specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of all forms of glaucoma.
Diagnostic imaging of the eye, medical treatment of glaucoma, laser therapy for glaucoma (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty and Laser iridotomy), combined glaucoma and cataract surgery, advanced surgical care of glaucoma including trabeculectomy, drainage tube implants, Trabectome, Endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP), ExPRESS Drainge Device, repeat surgical interventions and other advanced surgical techniques.
- Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), Rootstown, OH
- Internship: Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH
- Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
- Fellowship: Glaucoma, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA
2006 American Glaucoma Society Patient Adherence Research Award
2007 American Glaucoma Society Clinician Scientist Research Award
2009 New Inventor of the Year Award, University of Colorado Denver
2010 Inventor of the Year Award, University of Colorado Denver
2011 American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award
2013 Ludwig Von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award (ARVO)
2014 American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award
2015 #2 on the Top 40 Under 40 List, The Ophthalmologist
2016 Top 100 Power List
2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award
List of Publications via NIH/NCBI
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