Dr. Robert Schultze
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Schultze received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1994, where he was distinguished with the Lamport Biomedical Research Award. Upon completion of ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical College in 1998, Dr. Schultze elected to further his education with one additional year of specialty fellowship training in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the Albany Medical College. Dr. Schultze has been appointed Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery at the Albany Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology where he teaches medical students, residents, and fellows the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. He also serves as Ophthalmology Residency Program Director, Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology, and Director of the Cornea Fellowship Program.
Dr. Schultze is Medical Director and a founding partner of his medical practice, Cornea Consultants of Albany. He also serves as Medical Director of TLC Laser Eye Center as well as the Lions Eye Bank at Albany and has served on the Board of Directors for the the Northeastern Association for the Blind at Albany. On a national level, Dr. Schultze has participated in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Committee on Eye Banks as well as the Annual Program Committee. For the Eye Bank Association of America, he has sat on the Medical Advisory Board, the Committee on International Relations and also has served on its Accreditation Board. Dr. Schultze serves the American Board of Ophthalmology as a Special Examiner working to help administer the exam and improve the examination process for new candidates.
Dr. Schultze is recognized as a leading authority on cornea and refractive surgery and has been selected as one of only 50 U.S. surgeons to serve as a VISX and an Intralase Trainer (proctoring other surgeons on the use of the lasers). He was the first area surgeon to perform a CustomLasik and a blade-free LASIK on a Capital District patient, and he has performed thousands of successful laser refractive procedures. Dr. Schultze’s experience dates back to 1998 when he was one of the first fellows in the country to obtain training in the field and actually perform laser refractive surgery. He has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX television. Dr. Schultze has also been instrumental in the development of DSAEK and DMEK, new techniques in partial thickness corneal transplantation, and was the first surgeon in the northeast to perform such procedures. Numerous residents, fellows, and established regional surgeons have come to observe him operate and share his expertise. Dr. Schultze’s experiences in refractive and cataract surgery have made him an area leader in advanced intraocular lens surgery as well. He was the first area surgeon to place both the Restor multifocal lens for presbyopia and the Verisyse lens for high near-sightedness.
A frequent lecturer at most major ophthalmic meetings, Dr. Schultze’s research interests include advanced techniques in corneal transplantation, the immunology of high-risk corneal transplantation, dry eye syndrome, allergic eye disease and corneal stem cell disease. He has participated in several national multi-center trials including an FDA-monitored trial for excimer laser correction of farsightedness and astigmatism. Internationally, Dr. Schultze has presented his work in Panama, Greece, China, India and Italy.
As a result of his dedication to ophthalmology, Dr. Schultze has been recognized with a “Best of Show” award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as a “First Place” from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for his video productions demonstrating his techniques in advanced corneal surgery. He has also been awarded a “Best Paper of Session” award for his research and is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Award and Senior Honor Award for service to the organization. The ophthalmology residents selected Dr. Schultze as the 2013 recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award. For his care of patients, Dr. Schultze has been perennially recognized as a “Top Doctor” by the Consumer Research Council of America as well as by Castle Connolly and Hudson Valley Magazine. He was awarded “Professional of the Year” by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany in 2014 and honored as a Knight of the Blind by the Lions Foundation in 2015.