Ophthalmic community remembers Dr. Steinert:
“I had the privilege of knowing Roger for many, many years. We had a very close relationship as we cultivated and built [the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute]. He was a man of great humility, but excellence in our industry— and those things don’t go hand in hand. You have to have that balance, and he had that by far.
Over 38 years, I’ve watched thousands upon thousands of surgeries, but I have never seen a man’s hands kind of melt into the eyes of his patients like his did. He had amazing surgical hands and was one of best surgeons I’ve ever seen—but he’d never tout that.”
James Mazzo, global president, Strategic Business Unit Ophthalmic Devices, Carl Zeiss Meditec
“Roger Steinert will be sorely missed. He was a true giant whose work and research transformed what we now take for granted in the field of refractive and corneal surgery. Roger had a generosity of spirit that was unmatched. He shared his knowledge and took great pride in the training of residents and fellows. He uplifted all those who came into his circle. We are all better doctors, surgeons, educators, and humans because of his influence in our lives.
I had the great privilege of training with Roger Steinert. Words cannot fully describe what an amazing human being he was. He was a genius clinician, amazing surgeon, generous mentor, and a powerful yet humble leader. His innovations and research brought together people from all aspects of eye care, from physicians to industry. He advanced the field of ophthalmology in ways that we now take for granted. His legacy will continue to live on through all those who he taught.”
Marjan Farid, MD, associate clinical professor, department of ophthalmology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
“Roger was more that my mentor. He was one of my best friends. I learned so much from him—not just as a doctor, but as a person. He was able to approach almost any situation with a cool and collected demeanor. He approached obstacles with a friendly smile, always keeping things in perspective. He was a creator of possibilities. It was largely because of his dedication that we were able to construct the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. One of the things I will miss most is his sense of humor. We shared many good times together.
Roger was a giant amongst giants in ophthalmology—but he would never, ever, say it. One of the most accomplished and humble people that I know, Roger’s research and clinical teachings are the basis for much of how clinicians all over the world practice today.
Roger: One of the greatest gifts ever given to me was to be mentored by you and to call you a friend. Your legacy will live on in those you have trained and we will strive to make you proud. I will miss you; Rest in peace.”
Sumit (Sam) Garg, MD, vice chair of clinical ophthalmology, medical director, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute