Stephen Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D. - MED - Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota
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Stephen Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery
Elias Potter Lyon Chair for Research in Ophthalmology
Stephen Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Clinic Appt: (612) 625-4400
Office: (612) 626-1442
Fax: (612) 626-3119

University of Minnesota
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 493
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0501

For Clinic, Appointment, and Referral information visit University of Minnesota Physicians

Patient Care

Dr. Kaufman sees patients with corneal and refractive disorders. He performs ocular surgery with emphasis on Anterior Segment, Corneal & Refractive surgery applying the latest technology and techniques to treat his patients.  Dr. Kaufman is the Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service and has performed more than 15,000 refractive procedures during his career.


  • Corneal diseases and refractive surgery
  • Cornea transplant: improved graft survival
  • Corneal stem cell replacement
  • Patent holder: diagnostic method using confocal microscopy

Education and Training

Graduate School: Louisiana State University Medical Center
Medical School: Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Medicine
Internship: St. John Hospital, Detroit
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
Fellowships: Louisiana State University Medical Center
VISX and Intralase Laser - National Instructor
Board Certified: American Academy of Ophthalmology


Honors and Awards

  • America's Top Doctors 2005-Present
  • NIH Medical Student Research Fellowship
  • American Heart Association Student Research Grant
  • Aesculapian Society Member


  • David Barsky Research Award - 1991-92
  • Chief Resident in Ophthalmology - 1992


  • Allergan Young Investigator Travel Grant Award - 1994
  • National Academy of Science (Sigma Xi) Grant Award -1995
  • Louisiana Microscopy Society Research Award - 1995
  • HEED Ophthalmic Fellowship Grant Award - 1996
  • NIH Physician Scientist (K08) Grant Award-1996


  • CIBA Vision Research Prize in Ophthalmology – 1998
  • International Congress on Corneal Ds. Symp. Director– 2000
  • Nordic Congress on Ophthal. Symposium Director – 2000
  • Cleveland Ophthalmological Soc. Keynote Speaker – 2000
  • Alcon Research Grant – 2001
  • Bausch and Lomb Research Grant – 2002
  • Allergan Research Grant - 2002
  • Allergan Research Grant – 2003
  • Associate: Research to Prevent Blindness – 2003
  • Allergan Unrestricted Education/Research Grant - 2004
  • Alcon Educational Grant Award – 2004
  • Best Paper Award- Refractive Subspecialty: AAO – 2004
  • Allergan Research Grant – 2005
  • Poster Award - World Cornea Congress – 2005
  • Profesores Extranjeros Award – XI International Cornea and Refractive Surgery Congress – 2005
  • Distinguished Service Award: Lions Club - 2005
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award – 2005
  • Visionary Award: Visionary Society – 2006
  • Alliance for Vision Research Award – 2007
  • Georgia Academy of Ophthal. Keynote Speaker - 2007
  • Lyon Chair of Ophthalmology – 2007
  • Columbian Cornea Society Award – 2008
  • Allergan Research Grant Award – 2009
  • AAO Achievement Award - 2009
  • World Cornea Congress “Best Paper” Award – 2010
  • AAO “Best Paper” Award for Cornea – 2010
  • SUNY Downstate Dept of Ophthal. Invited Lecturer – 2010
  • Cornea Society “Best Paper” recognition - 2011
  • Henry Ford System-Wide Grand Rounds Invited Lecturer – 2011
  • Chairman, American Academy of Ophthalmology Cornea Knowledge Base Committee - 2012
  • ASCRS Innovators’ Session Invited Paper – 2012
  • Appointed to the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America - 2012
  • Elected to the Board of the Cornea Society – 2012


Published Works

United States Patent # 5,839,445
Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD November 24, 1998
Title: Method of diagnosis of diseases using the Confocal Microscope

Selection from over 58 peer-reviewed publications:

58. Kaufman SC, Jacobs DS, Lee WB, Deng SX, Rosenblatt MI, Shtein RM. Options and adjuvants in surgery for pterygium: a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2013 Jan;120(1):201-8.

57.  Montibello SE, Guelfand LI, Machaín MG, Carrión NA, Ferreira MD, Pidone JC, Ceregido ME, Kaufman SC, Soloaga RN. [Optimization of screening methodologies for the detection of Streptococcus agalactiae in pregnant women]. Rev Argent Microbiol. 2011 Jan-Mar;43(1):4-8. 
56. Reinhart WJ, Musch DC, Jacobs DS, Lee WB, Kaufman SC, Shtein RM. Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty as an alternative to penetrating keratoplasty a report by the american academy of ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2011 Jan;118(1):209-18.
55. Arthur SN, Wright MM, Kramarevsky N, Kaufman SC, Grajewski AL. Uveitis-glaucoma-hyphema syndrome and corneal decompensation in association with
cosmetic iris implants. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009 Nov;148(5):790-3.
54. Lee WB, Jacobs DS, Musch DC, Kaufman SC, Reinhart WJ, Shtein RM. Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty: safety and outcomes: a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2009 Sep;116(9):1818-30.
53. Phillips PM, Terry MA, Kaufman SC, Chen ES. Epithelial downgrowth after Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty. J Cataract Refract Surg.
2009 Jan;35(1):193-6.
52. Dhaliwal JS, Kaufman SC. Corneal collagen cross-linking: a confocal, electron, and light microscopy study of eye bank corneas. Cornea. 2009 Jan;28(1):62-7.
51. Van Meter WS, Musch DC, Jacobs DS, Kaufman SC, Reinhart WJ, Udell IJ; American Academy of Ophthalmology. Safety of overnight orthokeratology for myopia: a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2008 Dec;115(12):2301-2313.e1.
50. Dhaliwal JS, Mason BF, Kaufman SC. Long-term use of topical tacrolimus (FK506) in high-risk penetrating keratoplasty. Cornea. 2008 May;27(4):488-93.
49. Kaufman SC. Use of photorefractive keratectomy in a patient with a corneal scar secondary to herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Ophthalmology. 2008 Feb;115(2
48. Kaufman SC. Anterior segment complications of herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Ophthalmology. 2008 Feb;115(2 Suppl):S24-32

Book Chapters:

3. Kaufman SC, Dhaliwal JS., Chiou AGY. Chapter 8, Corneal Endothelial Transplant, John T. (ed). Jaypee Medical Publishers, New Dehli, India, 2009

4. Kaufman SC. Chapter 36, Curbside Consultaion in Cornea and External Disease, Price F. (ed). Slack Inc, Thorofare, NJ, USA, 2010

5. Kaufman SC, Fung M, Raja D, Kramarevsky. Imaging of the Cornea (Chapter),  Encyclopedia of the Eye. Dartt DA, Besharse JC, Dana R. (ed.s) Elsevier, Ltd.  London, England, 2010, Vol. 2, pp 263-269.

6. Kaufman SC, Almond C, Dastrup BT, 5-FU and Mitomycin-C: Adjuncts to Pterygium Surgery (Ch 5): Pterygium, Hovanesian JA (ed). Slack Inc. Thorofare, NJ. 2012


150. Kaufman SC. The Use of Fibrin Tissue Adhesives in Pterygium Surgery. ASCRS Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 2010

151. Kaufman, SC. Confocal Microscopy in the Clinic. SUNY Downstate Dept of Ophthal. Grand Rounds. Brooklyn, NY. July 2010

152. Kaufman SC. Refractive Surgery Complications: How to Treat Them and How to Avoid Them. SUNY Downstate Dept of Ophthal. Grand Rounds. Brooklyn, NY. July 2010

153. Kaufman SC. The Use of Tissue Adhesives in Anterior Segment Surgery. “Best Paper” Review. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Chicago, IL October 2010

154. Kaufman SC. OCT and Confocal Microscopy in Anterior Segment Imaging. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Chicago, IL October 2010

155. Kaufman SC. The Use of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive in Lamellar Surgery. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Chicago, IL October 2010

156. Kaufman SC, Yuan C. Cryopreservation of Corneal Stem Cells. Cornea Society. Chicago, IL  October 2010

157. Kaufman SC, Yuan C. Cryopreservation of Corneal Stem Cells. ASCRS Best Cornea Papers Session, San Diego, CA. March 2011

158. Kaufman SC, Yuan C. Cryopreservation of Corneal Stem Cells.  ARVO, Ft Lauderdale Fl. May 2011

159. Kaufman SC. The Iris Mass: When to Worry & How to Treat. University of Minnesota Anterior Segment Regional Symposium. September 2011

160. Kaufman SC. Dry Eye Diagnosis by MMP-9. Cornea Day, ASCRS, Chicago, Il. April 2012

161. Kaufman SC. The Pharmacologic Treatment of Presbyopia, Innovators’ Lecture, ASCRS, Chicago, Il. April 2012

162. Kaufman, SC. Case Presentations: HVZ Uveitis and Cogan’s Syndrome. Harris Lecture / Symposium. University of Minnesota. November 2012