Ivan R. Schwab, M.D.

Emeritus Professor, Department of Ophthalmology

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Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Ophthalmology Clinic-Eye Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-6602

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Research/Academic Interests

I am interested in comparative optics and ocular physiology.


Cornea and External Disease, Refractive Surgery and Uveitis

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience

Undergraduate School

B.A., West Virginia University, Morgantown WV 1969

Medical School

M.D., West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown WV 1973


General Internship, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose CA 1973-1974


Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1977-1980


Cornea and Reconstructive Surgery, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1980


Cornea and External Disease, Francis, Proctor Foundation, San Francisco CA 1980-1982

Emeritus Board Director for the American Board of Ophthalmology,

Fellow, American College of Surgeons,

Lifetime Teaching Award UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology,

Secretariat Award American Academy of Ophthalmology-Four times,

Secretariat Award American Academy of Ophthalmology-Twice,

First Ben Goldfeller Award of American Board of Ophthalmology for service to American Board of Ophthalmology,

West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni,

Lifetime Achievement Award-American Academy of Ophthalmology,

Tusler CA, Maggs DJ, Kass PH, Paul-Murphy JR, Schwab IR, Murphy CJ. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography imaging of spectacular ecdysis in the royal python (Python regius). Vet Ophthalmol. 2015 Jan;18 Suppl 1:1-7. doi:10.1111/vop.12176. Epub 2014 May 14. PMID:24824651.

Yañez-Soto B, Mannis MJ, Schwab IR, Li JY, Leonard BC, Abbott NL, Murphy CJ. Interfacial phenomena and the ocular surface. Ocul Surf. 2014 Jul;12(3):178-201. doi:10.1016/j.jtos.2014.01.004. Epub 2014 Apr 16. PMID:24999101.

Schwab IR. Who's on first? Ophthalmology. 2013 Sep;120(9):1718-9. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.07.003. PMID:24001529.

Rudell JC, Gao J, Sun Y, Sun Y, Chodosh J, Schwab I, Zhao M. Acanthamoeba migration in an electric field. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Jun 21;54(6):4225-33. doi:10.1167/iovs.13-11968. PMID:23716626.

Schobert CS, Stiassny ML, Schwab IR, Zeiss C, Schelly RC, Dubielzig RR. Comparative ocular anatomy in a blind African cichlid fish, Lamprologus lethops. Vet Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep;16(5):359-64. doi:10.1111/vop.12006. Epub 2012 Nov 27. PMID:23186233.

Modjtahedi BS, Kishan AU, Schwab IR, Jackson WB, Maibach HI. Eyelash alopecia areata: case series and literature review. Can J Ophthalmol. 2012 Aug;47(4):333-8. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2012.04.013. Epub 2012 Jun 27. PMID:22883840.

Liu J, Lawrence BD, Liu A, Schwab IR, Oliveira LA, Rosenblatt MI. Silk fibroin as a biomaterial substrate for corneal epithelial cell sheet generation. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Jun 26;53(7):4130-8. doi:10.1167/iovs.12-9876. PMID:22661480.

Modjtahedi BS, Alikhan A, Maibach HI, Schwab IR. Diseases of periocular hair. Surv Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep-Oct;56(5):416-32. doi:10.1016/j.survophthal.2011.02.003. Epub 2011 Jul 23. PMID:21784498.

Harkin DG, George KA, Madden PW, Schwab IR, Hutmacher DW, Chirila TV. Silk fibroin in ocular tissue reconstruction. Biomaterials. 2011 Apr;32(10):2445-58. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.12.041. Epub 2011 Jan 19. PMID:21251709.

Schwab IR, Lee WB, Bisno D. The rainbow: from ancient Greece to modern optics. Surv Ophthalmol. 2009 Nov-Dec;54(6):714-20. doi:10.1016/j.survophthal.2009.03.003. Epub 2009 Sep 5. PMID:19733886.

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