A pre-eminent Bay Area Oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Rona Z. Silkiss is a New York City native. She began her academic career at the Bronx High School of Science from which was the salutatorian of a graduating class of 1000. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees in 6 years through the Honors Program in Medical Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University during which she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Silkiss completed both a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Ophthalmology at the UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute. She is board certified in both specialties. Dr. Silkiss’ fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery at the UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute was under the mentorship of Dr. Henry Baylis.

In 1988, Dr. Silkiss started her private practice. Today, Silkiss Eye Surgery services 6 locations and 3 satellite locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California. Dr. Silkiss was appointed Chair of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in 2000. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Silkiss has been committed to resident and fellow training throughout her career.

Dr. Silkiss is a gifted surgeon. She specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as noninvasive rejuvenation techniques. She adapts the latest technologies to her procedures. Dr. Silkiss has a strong interest in translational oculoplastic research in the areas of novel biologics and their use to treat autoimmune diseases affecting the eyes, such as thyroid eye disease.

Dr Silkiss was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Award, Lange Award and the Parkinson's disease Foundation Fellowship during Medical School. She won the Merle Carson Prize for Pediatric Research and the Jules Stein Institute Research Award as a resident. 

Dr. Silkiss is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgeons.

Dr. Silkiss was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award, and Distinguished Service Award. She has mentored three Barkan Society Research Award winners. Dr. Silkiss received the Resident Recognition Award and has been a Best Doctor in America, America’s Top Ophthalmologist and People’s Choice Doctor nearly continuously for the past two decades. She is a Board member of the Pacific Vision Foundation. Dr. Silkiss gained membership in the prestigious and elite American Ophthalmological Society in 2015.

Dr. Silkiss has been a scientific reviewer for the ASOPRS Journal, Survey of Ophthalmology and JAMA. She is on the editorial board of EyeWiki and is the AAO Ask the Expert for Oculoplastics. Dr. Silkiss has served on the Board of Directors of the California Academy of Ophthalmology and served as President of the East Bay Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Silkiss served as Councilor to the AAO for the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery for several terms. She has served on the Education and Advocacy Committee of ASOPRS, the Awards and Nominating Committee Subspecialty Section of the AAO.

Of greatest importance to Dr. Silkiss is the well being of her patients, for whom she is a dedicated provider of outstanding and compassionate Oculofacial Plastic care.

Rona Silkiss, MD, FACS

Rona Silkiss, M.D., F.A.C.S.


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