Ivan Schwab, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Ivan R. Schwab, M.D., F.A.C.S.



Cornea and External Disease



  • Director, Cornea Service
  • Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology


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4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-6071
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Schwab specializes in cornea and external disease and uveitis. He is on the editorial board for the journal Cornea and the journal Ophthalmology, the principal journal for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and active with that organization.

His research interests have focused on stem-cell grafting, wound healing and comparative ophthalmology. He is now an emeritus director for the American Board of Ophthalmology, the public agency for board certification and re-certification of Ophthalmologists in the United States.


Cornea and External Disease, Refractive Surgery and Uveitis

Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center


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

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

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


California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1977-1980


California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1980

UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1980-1982

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology,

American Board of Ophthalmology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Board of Ophthalmology

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

American Ophthalmological Society

American Uveitis Society

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group

The Cornea Society

Honors and Awards

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,

Select Recent Publications

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.

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.

Schwab IR. Who's on first? Ophthalmology. 2013 Sep;120(9):1718-9.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Modjtahedi BS, Alikhan A, Maibach HI, Schwab IR. Diseases of periocular hair. Surv Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep-Oct;56(5):416-32.

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.

Schwab IR, Lee WB, Bisno D. The rainbow: from ancient Greece to modern optics. Surv Ophthalmol. 2009 Nov-Dec;54(6):714-20.

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