Meet Dr. George Baerveldt

Dr. Baerveldt’s international reputation is based on his glaucoma research and surgical innovations. Dr. Baerveldt developed the Baerveldt™ Glaucoma Implant and presently holds six patents related to this invention. He also invented Trabectome®, a minimally-invasive glaucoma surgical instrument for the treatment of adult and infantile open-angle glaucoma which is performed worldwide. In 2012, the American Glaucoma Society awarded Dr. Baerveldt with the Innovator Award for these surgical contributions.

Born and educated in South Africa, Dr. Baerveldt obtained his medical degree from the University of Pretoria and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1980, Dr. Baerveldt was head of St. John’s Eye Hospital in Johannesburg when he was recruited as a fulltime faculty member at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California. In 1994, he accepted a faculty position as the Director of Glaucoma at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he remained until joining University of California at Irvine in 1999 as Director of Glaucoma. He was the Irving H. Leopold Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute from July
2003 – November 2008.

Dr. Baerveldt has participated in 44 clinical trials involving glaucoma drugs and glaucoma surgery and has published 84 peer-reviewed papers and 11 chapters in books. He was the principal investigator on the RPB Challenge Grant 2004 – 2008. He is a charter member of the American Glaucoma Society, and a founding member of the Glaucoma Society of Southern California and the Glaucoma Society of Orange County.

Dr. Baerveldt received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Achievement Award in 2002 and was honored in Best Doctors in America (1996 – present). He was also named Top Ophthalmologist by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, and recognized by the Doheny Professional Association with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000. He lectures internationally on glaucoma surgery and drugs.

Dr. Baerveldt’s humanitarian endeavors have been recognized by the National Society to Prevent Blindness. He also received the Teacher of the Year award in 1981 from the University of Southern California, and Staff of the Year award from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1997/1998 and 1998/1999.

Dr. Baerveldt performs surgery at several of NVISION’s Southern California locations and looks forward to meeting you and assisting with your glaucoma-related needs. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and four grandchildren.

1967 Medical degree, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
1976 South African Medical and Dental Council, Specialist in Ophthalmology