“I always considered him one of my must trusted mentors, and he wasn’t just a mentor—he was a good friend. Roger was the kind of person that elevates everybody to a higher level. Patient care he put above everything else. When Roger gave a presentation, everybody listened to it. When Roger spoke—when he was on a panel, or he was asked a question—it was always thoughtful, meaningful, and it always had impact. He was always cheerful, always willing to help, always with a hearty handshake, and always had a smile.
Very early in my career, I remember looking up to him and thinking, ‘How can someone so important in the field be so nice, accommodating, helpful, and approachable?’ He will be sorely missed.
[After his diagnosis,] he was courageous; he wanted to stay engaged and he did. Despite his incredibly debilitating illness, he wanted to continue to contribute. You could see it in his eyes that he wanted to be there."
Steven Schallhorn, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Global Ophthalmic Devices, Carl Zeiss Meditec
“Many of us lost a good friend with the passing of Roger Steinert, but ophthalmology lost a great man. His calm demeanor, straightforward guidance and creative mind leaves a legacy for us to aspire to.”
Tom Frinzi, president, surgical, Johnson & Johnson Vision