Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac

  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Director, Cornea, Cataract and External Disease Service
  • Director, Refractive Surgery Service
  • Medical Director, UPMC Laser Vision/Aesthetic Center
  • Director and Founder, Center for Integrative Eye Care
  • Associate Medical Director, Charles T. Campbell Ocular Microbiology Laboratory
  • Director, Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Fellowship
  • Clinical Codirector of the Funderburgh Cornea Regeneration Project
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

A Conversation With Dr. Dhaliwal


Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac, is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director of Refractive Surgery and the director of the Cornea Service at the UPMC Eye Center.  Dr. Dhaliwal also serves as the director of the UPMC Laser Vision Center, the associate medical director of the Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory, and has recently been appointed as the director of the Corneal Stem Cell Task Force at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Dhaliwal earned her medical degree from Northwestern University and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Utah.  She became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006 and founded the Center for Integrative Eye Care at the University of Pittsburgh to systematically research alternative treatments for eye disease.

Dr. Dhaliwal holds leadership positions in the Cornea Society, the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Eye and Contact Lens Association/CLAO. Dr. Dhaliwal is a recognized expert in her field and teaches corneal and refractive surgical techniques to other ophthalmologists globally. In addition to teaching and research activities, she has authored several book chapters, numerous journal articles, and serves on the editorial board of several ophthalmology journals. In recognition of her clinical and surgical skills, she has been selected as a "Top Doctor" by her peers every year since 2006.

Academic Affiliation

2002 to Present
Chief of Refractive Surgery
Associate Professor,
Cornea and External Diseases
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

1995 to Present 
Chief of Refractive Surgery
Assistant Professor, 
Cornea and External Diseases
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

1999 to Present 
Medical Director, 
Casebeer Education Foundation

1999 to Present VISX Trainer

2000 to Present 
Medical Director, 
Clinical Research and Statistics

2000 to Present 
Medical Monitor: 
CRS Study Investigating Sunrise Laser Thermokeratoplasty for the Treatment of Spherical Hyperopia

2000 to Present 
Medical Director, 
CRS Study Investigating Intacs for the Treatment of Keratoconus

2001 to Present 
Editorial Board, 
Journal of Refractive Surgery

2001 to Present 
American Academy of Ophthalmology Self-Assessment Committee

2001 to Present 
Medical Director, 
Laser/Vision Center, 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Education & Training

  • 1994 - 1995 Fellowship in Refractive Surgery, Cornea/External Disease, and Anterior Segment Surgery University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Preceptors: J. Charles Casebeer, M.D. (Scottsdale, AZ) and R. J. Olsen, M.D., T. Clinch, M.D., C. Alldredge, M.D.
  • 1991 - 1994 Residency in Ophthalmology University of Pittsburgh, The Eye & Ear Institute Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1990 - 1991 Transitional Medicine Internship Evanston Hospital (Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center) Evanston, Illinois
  • 1986 - 1990 Northwestern University Medical School Chicago, IL Degree: M.D. 1990
  • 1984 - 1986 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Honors Program in Medical Education Degree: B.S.M. 1988

Representative Publications

Tripathi BJ, Tripathi RC, Borisuth NSC, Dhaliwal R, Dhaliwal DK. Rodent models of congenital and hereditary cataract in man. Lens and Eye Toxicity Research 1991; 8(4):373-413.

Dhaliwal DK, Kowalski RP, Donahue SP, Doft BH, Karenchak L. Are vitrectomy machines a source of false positive contamination in endophthalmitis. Am J Ophth. 1995; 119(1):62-64. 

Dhaliwal DK, Mamalis N, Olson RJ, Crandall As, Zimmerman PL, Alldredge OC, Durcan FJ, Omar O. Visual significance of "glistenings" seen in the Acrysof lens. J Cataract Refract Surg. 1996; 22(4):452-457.

Azar MJ, Dhaliwal DK, Bower KS, Kowalski RP, Gordon YJ. Possible consequences of shaking hands with your patients with epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. Am J Ophth 1996; 121(6):711-712.

Bower KS, Dhaliwal DK, Barnhorst DA, Warnicki JW. Pellucid marginal degeneration with superior corneal thinning. Cornea 1997; 16(4):483-485.

Dhaliwal DK, Barnhorst DA, Romanowski E, Rehkopf PG, Gordon YJ. Efficient reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus type i infection by excimer laser keratectomy in the experimental rabbit ocular model. Am J Ophth. 1998; 125(4):488-492.

Dhaliwal DK, Romanowski EG, Yates KA, Barnhorst DA, Goldstein MH, Deeter RG, Fish DN, Gordon YJ. Valacyclovir inhibits recovery of ocular HSV-1 after experimental reactivation by excimer laser keratectomy. Cornea 1999; 18(6):693-699.

Cook DR, Dhaliwal DK, Davis PJ, Davis J. Anesthetic interference with laser function during excimer laser procedures in children. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2001; 9(6):1444-1445.

Dhaliwal DK, Romanowski EG, Yates KA, Hu D, Goldstein M, and Gordon YJ. Experimental laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis induces the reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus. AJO. 2001; 131(4):506-507.

Dhaliwal DK, Romanowski EG, Yates KA, Hu D, Mah FS, Fish DN, and Gordon YJ. Valacyclovir inhibition of recovery of ocular herpes simples virus type 1 after experiemental reactivation by laser in situ keratomileusis. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. 2001, 27(8):1288-1293.

Reviewed Articles

Pollock DA, Barnhorst DA, Awad OE, Dhaliwal DK. Conjunctivitis: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment. Current Concepts in Ophthalmology 1997, 5:23-32.

Hu DE, Sankar PS, Chang BM, Dhaliwal DK. Dry Eye syndrome. Current Concepts in Ophthalmology 1999, 7:29-33.

Mah FS, Dhaliwal DK. LASIK Review. Current Concepts in Ophthalmology (In Press).

Scherer J, Dhaliwal DK. Update – Dry Eye Syndrome. Current Concepts in Ophthalmology (in press).

Book Chapters

Grewal RK, Dhaliwal DK, Hersh P, Zagelbaum, BM. Anterior Segment Injuries. Sports Ophthalmology. Cambridge: Blackwell Science, Inc., 1996:184-209.

Dhaliwal DK. Refractive Errors. The Merck Manual. 17th edition. Whitehouse Station, Merck Research Laboratories, 1999; 741-744.

Portnoy SL, Dhaliwal DK, Franklin RM. Scleritis. A Review. Retina. Third Edition. Medical Retina, Ryan S. (ed), C. V. Mosby, St Louis, MO, 1999.

Published Abstracts

Dhaliwal DK, Dhaliwal AS. Effects of the Extracts of Allium porrum on the Multiplication of Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science: Abstract, p.13, 1984.

Dhaliwal DK, Roat MI, Kowalski RP. Sensitivity of Giemsa Stain in the Diagnosis of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Invest Ophthal Vis Sci. 33:1318, 1992.

Dhaliwal DK, Donahue SP, Doft BH, Karenchak L. Are Vitrectomy Machines a Source of False Positive Contamination in Endophthalmitis? Invest Ophthal Vis Sci. 34:1259, 1993.

Azar MJ, Kowalski RP, Karenchak LM, Dhaliwal DK, Bower KS, Gordon YJ. The Recovery of Adenovirus from the Hands of EKC Patients. Invest Ophthal Vis Sci. 34:1003, 1993.

Bower KS, Kowalski RP, Dhaliwal DK, Gordon YJ. Contact-lens related keratitis: Is topical fluoroquinolone therapy adequate? ARVO Abstracts. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1996;37(3,suppl):4055.

Guibord, NM, Fanous MM, Dhaliwal, DK, Hu D, Goldstein MH: Effect of Laser in situ keratomileusis on intraocular pressure. ARVO Abstracts. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1999; 40(4,suppl):4717.

Keverline MR, Kowalski RP, Karenchak LM, Dhaliwal DK. Ciprofloxacin vs. ofloxacin vs. iodine/povidone for topical surgical prophylaxis: An in-vitro time-kill analysis. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2000;41(4,suppl):759.


Guest Editor: Seminars in Ophthalmology. Excimer Laser Part I, Vol 11(3), 1996

Guest Editor: Seminars in Ophthalmology. Excimer Laser Part II, Vol 11(4), 1996