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University of San DiegoDr. Chris J. Gualtieri (pronounced gwal -tea - air - ee) received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of San Diego in 1983. As a graduate student, he worked at the University of California, San Diego genetics lab as a photographic technician and then work closely with Dr. Perry S. Binder as an ophthalmology research technician.

University of Arizon Health Science CenterHe completed 4 years of medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine where he received his M.D. degree in 1990. Dr. Gualtieri completed a 1-year internship at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center (now Scripps Mercy) in 1991.

Wake Forest Univeristy Bowman Gray School of MedicineHe then moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he completed his ophthalmology residency training at prestigious Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In his last year Dr. Gualtieri served as Chief Resident of Ophthalmology. He remained in Winston-Salem to practice general ophthalmology for 4 years prior to moving to San Diego in June of 1999.Dr. Gualtieri has enjoyed caring for his patients and looks forward to many more productive years using the latest technology, equipment, and techniques to give his patients the BEST in eye care. Dr. Gualtieri also enjoys teaching other ophthalmologist as well as medical students and residents new and important innovations in his field through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on training sessions. Dr. Gualtieri likes to educate the public on recent eyecare developments through his community lectures.  

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - 

Board Certification - American Board of Ophthalmology  recertified to 2017    

Medical Licenses:

    State of California   

    State of Florida  

    State of North Carolina                      

    State of Arizona

Honors & Awards:

     National Leadership Award, Honorary Co-Chairman Physician Advisory Board

     Consumer Research Council of America - America's Top Ophthalmologist Award 2003-2011

Memberships:

     American Medical Association

     American Academy of Ophthalmology

     American Board of Ophthalmology

     National Board of Ophthalmology

     National Republican Congressional Committee

     American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

     National Board of Medical Examiners

     San Diego Eye Bank

Medical Staff Positions:

     Calpatria State Prison - Staff Ophthalmologist

     Scripps Mercy Hospital - Chief of Ophthalmology 2006-2008, Clinical Professor

     Scripps Pavilions Surgery Center

     Tri-City Surgery Center

     Center for Surgery, Encinitas

     UCSD Pace Program - Ophthalmology Course Director

     Nationwide Vision Centers - LASIK surgeon and Medical Director

Professional Certifications:

     Alcon - Restor and Toric Lens Implants

     Abbott - Rezoom Lens Implant

    Allergan - Botox Cosmetic Treatments, Juvederm (Plus, Ultra, and XC)

     AMO - Intralase Femtosecond laser

     Bausch & Lomb - Crystalens Lens Implant

     Aquaflow - Glaucoma Implant

     Bausch & Lomb - C-LASIK Laser Vision Correction

     Dr. Charles Casebeer - Radial Keratotomy "RK" surgical system

     Express - Glaucoma Shunt Valve

     Hansatome - Microkeratome System

     Intralase - "Bladeless" flap-making laser

     LUXAR - CO2 and Erbium YAG skin resurfacing

     Merz Aesthetics - Radiesse skin injectables

     Moria - Microkeratome system

     NIDEK - EC-5000 excimer laser system

     SUMMIT - Laser Vision Correction, LASIK & PRK

     VISX S-4  - Laser Vision Correction, LASIK & PRK, CustomVue Wavefront       treatments for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism

     VISX - Laser Phototherapeutic Keratoplasty “PTK”


A message from Dr. Gualtieri ~ "I look forward to serving your eye care needs to the best of my ability and spending quality time during our office visit together."