Dr. Stuart R. Winthrop

Dr. Winthrop has been a leader in the Santa Barbara medical community for over twenty years, providing excellent ophthalmology care to those seeking relief from a variety of conditions.

The Santa Barbara community consistently names Dr. Winthrop "Best Ophthalmologist” or "Best LASIK Surgeon" through the Santa Barbara News-Press and Independent reader polls. In fact, his reputation is worldwide, drawing patients from abroad.

Dr. Winthrop attended college at UCLA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned his medical degree at USC, where he graduated first in his medical school class, and where he was voted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his third year of school. After his ophthalmology residency at USC, Dr. Winthrop trained as a cornea fellow at the prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University. During his cornea fellowship, he was the recipient of the Heed Foundation Fellowship, a top distinction among ophthalmologists pursuing advanced fellowship training. Dr. Winthrop has been the co-author of several articles in assorted medical journals. Please see Curriculum Vitae for more detailed information.
Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Winthrop is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery. He is also a member of the California Association of Ophthalmology, the California Medical Association, and the Santa Barbara Ophthalmology Society. Locally, he is Past President of the Santa Barbara Ophthalmology Society and has served as Chairman of the Cottage Eye Center. Dr. Winthrop is currently on the Board of the Santa Barbara Surgery Center.
Dr. Winthrop taught cornea care anterior segment (corneal and lens) surgery to the eye residents at Jules Stein Eye Institute (UCLA) as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology from 1981-1996.
In 1991, Dr. Winthrop began working with Summit Technology of Boston, the developers of the first excimer laser for vision correction, who named him a "visionary doctor.” When the FDA granted approval in late 1995, Dr. Winthrop had already arranged for the first laser to be available to the Santa Barbara community at Cottage Eye and Laser Insititute. Since then, Dr. Winthrop and his staff have performed over 10,000 LASIK procedures correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. He has continued to pursue all necessary avenues to ensure that our community continues to acquire each "next generation" development in the technology. Most recently, Dr. Winthrop has broughtto the Tri-Counties the Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q, which corrects vision in a matter of seconds with more accuracy than ever possible before. His patients can be assured that they have access to the very best medical care available for laser vision correction.

In addition to specialized cornea care, which includes transplants, LASIK, and PRK, Dr. Winthrop provides comprehensive ophthalmology care including contact lens care, laser surgery, and small-incision, no-stitch, phacoemulsification cataract surgery, performing over 9,000 lens implantation surgeries to date.

His patients are constantly amazed at the miracle of improved vision that occurs with the use of modern surgical techniques. Dr. Winthrop performs his eye surgeries at Cottage Eye and Laser Institute, Santa Barbara Surgical Center and his own private Laser Center, all in Santa Barbara.

Supporting local causes has always been important to Dr. Winthrop, whether through substantial fundraising or donated eye care. Among the beneficiaries are the Cottage Eye Center, SEE International (for whom Dr. Winthrop has also performed surgery for the needy), and many local schools.

Education

University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1975
M.D., June 1976 (First in class)

University of California, Los Angeles, California
B. A., Magna cum Laude, June 1972

Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, California
June 1968


Internship

Los Angeles County -University of Southern California Medical Center
Ophthalmology, Los Angeles, California
April 1976 through March 1977


Residency

Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center
Ophthalmology, Los Angeles, California
July 1976 through June 1979


Postgraduate Training

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School,
Boston, Massachusetts
Clinical Fellow, Cornea - External Disease
July 1979 through June 1980

Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts
Research Associate, Department of Cornea Research
July 1979 through June 1980

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts
Chief Clinical Fellow, Cornea Service
January 1980 through June 1980


Teaching Appointments

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology
July 1979 through June 1980

UCLA School of Medicine, Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California
Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology
September 1981 through July 1984

UCLA School of Medicine, Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California
Assistant Clinical Professor
July 1984 through February 1996


Awards and Honors

University of California, Los Angeles, California
Magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1975 Medical Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Association

Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship, Chicago, Illinois


Grants

National Society to Prevent Blindness, New York, New York


Certifications and Licensure

Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1980
Medical licensure: California Physician and Surgeon, 1977
Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1977


Professional Society Memberships

Fellow, American College of Surgeons,
1985 to Present
Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology,
1981 to Present
American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery,
1993 to Present
International Society of Refractive Surgery,
1998 to Present
California Association of Ophthalmology,
1981 to Present
California Medical Association,
1981 to Present
Santa Barbara County Medical Society,
1981 to Present
Santa Barbara Ophthalmological Society,
1981 to Present


Professional Interests

Lions Eye Bank, Santa Barbara Medical Director

Riviera Cornea Foundation
Medical Director, 1992 to Present

Coastal Counties Eye Care Medical Group, Regional Specialty IPA (Ophthalmology)
President, 1994 to Present

Monarch - Select IPA, Santa Barbara
Board of Directors, 1997

Premier Management Services, Multi-Specialty Organization (MSO) President, 1998 to Present

Santa Barbara Ophthalmological Society
President, 1981-1984, 1997

St. Francis Medical Center
Secretary of the Medical Staff, 1985-1988
Vice Chief of Medical Staff, 1989-1993
Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, 1990-1998

Publications

Winthrop, S.R., Cleary, P.E., Minckler, D.S., and Ryan, S.J.
Penetrating Eye Injuries: A Histopathological Review
Br. J. Ophthalmology (64:809-817, 1980)
Winthrop, S.R., and Smith, R.E.
Spontaneous Regression of an Anterior Chamber Cyst: A Case Report
Annals of Ophthalmology (431-432, 1981)
Berman, M., Winthrop, S.R., Ausprank, D., Rose, J., Langer, R., and Gage, J.
Plasminogen Activator (Urokinase) Causes Vascularization of the Cornea
Investigative Ophthalmology (22:191-199, 1982) Nesburn, A.B., Smith, R.E., and Winthrop, S.R.
Therapy of Stromal Herpes Symposium on Medical and Surgical Diseases of the Cornea
Transactions of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology
The C.V. Mosby Co., 1980