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Ivan R. Schwab, M.D. View profile as PDF

Ivan R. Schwab

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schwab specializes in cornea and external disease and uveitis. He is one of eighteen Directors for the American Board of Ophthalmology, the public agency for board certification and re-certification of Ophthalmologists in the United States. He is on the editorial board for the journal Cornea and the British Journal of Ophthalmology and active with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His research interests have focused on stem-cell grafting, wound healing and comparative ophthalmology.


Director of Cornea & External Disease Service




Ophthalmology and Vision Science


Cornea and External Disease, Refractive Surgery and Uveitis

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Ophthalmology Clinic-Eye Center
4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-6602


M.D., West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1973
B.A., West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1969


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California, 1973-1974


California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1977-1980


California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1980
UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1980-1982

Board Certifications:

American Board of Ophthalmology, 1981
American Board of Ophthalmology, 2004

Professional Memberships:

American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Medical Association
American Ophthalmological Society
American Uveitis Society
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Castroviejo Society
International Society of Geographical Ophthalmologists
Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group
Proctor Fellows Association
The California Academy of Sciences

Select Honors and Awards:

West Virginia University Medical School, Alumni of the Year, 2001

Select Recent Publications:

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

Doshi RR, Harocopos GJ, Schwab IR, Cunningham ET Jr. The spectrum of postoperative scleral necrosis. Surv Ophthalmol. 2013 Nov-Dec;58(6):620-33.

Gardiner SK, Demirel S, De Moraes CG, Liebmann JM, Cioffi GA, Ritch R, Gordon MO, Kass MA. Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study Group.Series length used during trend analysis affects sensitivity to changes in progression rate in the ocular hypertension treatment study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Feb 15;54(2):1252-9.

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.

Schwab IR. The changing spectrum of microbial keratitis: is microsporia increasing as a cause of microbial keratitis or is it a previously unrecognised cause? Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 Jun;96(6):774-5.

Reid B, Vieira AC, Cao L, Mannis MJ, Schwab IR, Zhao M. Specific ion fluxes generate cornea wound electric currents. Commun Integr Biol. 2011 Jul;4(4):462-5.

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

Zeiss CJ, Schwab IR, Murphy CJ, Dubielzig RW. Comparative retinal morphology of the platypus. J Morphol. 2011 Aug;272(8):949-57.

Rehal B, Modjtahedi BS, Morse LS, Schwab IR, Maibach HI. Ocular psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Dec;65(6):1202-12.

To see if Ivan R. Schwab is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).