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Martin A. Mainster, MD

Martin Mainster portrait
Professor, Ophthalmology

Professional Background

Professor Mainster is the Luther and Ardis Fry Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His scholarly activities have produced three innovations used by most ophthalmologists throughout the world: (1) UV-protective intraocular lenses implanted in hundreds of millions of people undergoing cataract surgery over the past three decades, (2) aspheric contact lenses used for retinal examination, laser therapy and vitreoretinal surgery, and (3) crossed-beam aiming systems integral to Nd:YAG laser photodisruptors needed to treat capsular fibrosis after cataract surgery. Professor Mainster worked in aerospace research for several years after receiving his Ph.D. in physics. His subsequent medical training concluded with a Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary vitreoretinal fellowship. He moved to the University of Kansas after practicing in Boston at the Schepens Retina Associates where he served as Senior Scientist, Director of the Clinical Research Center of the Schepens Eye Research Institute and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Honor and Senior Achievement Awards and medals of recognition from Italian and Indian ophthalmology societies.

Education and Training
  • BS, Physics, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • PhD, Physics, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • MD, Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Internship, Medicine, University of Texas Branch at Galveston, United States
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Texas A&M College of Medicine, Temple, TX
  • Clinical Fellowship, Medical and surgical management of retina and vitreous disease, Retina Associates, Schepens Retina Foundation and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Medical Doctor, State of Kansas
Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Media correspondent, 1997 - 2006
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Procedures Assessment Committee, Member, 1982 - 1984
  • Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation, Executive Research Council, Executive Research Council, Member, 1982 - 1984



Professor Mainster is recognized for his scientific contributions to intraocular lens design, ophthalmoscopy, laser surgery, physiological optics and retinal light hazards. He has written over 170 scientific articles, served as a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals and is an author on 7 patents. More than 7000 scientific articles have cited his publications to date. His recent bibliometric Hirsh-index was 41 and i10-index was 86. Professor Mainster has been an invited professor at numerous universities and a keynote speaker in many international symposia. He serves on numerous editorial board and technical-standards-setting committees.