Malik Y. Kahook, MD, is Professor of Ophthalmology and The Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Director of Clinical and Translational Research and serves as chief of the glaucoma service and director of the glaucoma fellowship at the University of Colorado Eye Center. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Kahook is active within the ophthalmology community including memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgeons, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Glaucoma Committee and is a member of the American Glaucoma Society Program Committee.
Dr. Kahook has authored over 210 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters, and is editor of Essentials of Glaucoma Surgery and the seminal textbook of glaucoma Chandler and Grant’s Glaucoma. His research accomplishments are focused on multiple unmet needs including advanced cataract surgery devices and implants, treatment of macular degeneration, novel glaucoma therapies, and advanced imaging techniques. He was awarded an AGS Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Award in 2007 as well as the AGS Compliance Grant in 2006 and was named New Inventor of the Year for the University of Colorado in 2009 and Inventor of the Year for 2010. He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2011 and the Ludwig Von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award (ARVO) in 2013. Dr. Kahook has filed for 12 patents, several of which have been licensed by companies for development and commercialization. He serves on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Ophthalmology and International Glaucoma Review. Dr. Kahook is a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Device Division.
After graduating from Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine, Dr. Kahook completed his residency training at the University of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute in Denver, Colorado, where he was named Chief Resident. He then went on to complete a fellowship in glaucoma with Joel S. Schuman and Robert J. Noecker at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.