Russell N. Van Gelder M.D., Ph.D. Accepting new patients

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Uveitis & ocular inflammation




Russell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist at Harborview and UW Medical Center, director of the UW Medicine Eye Institute, UW’s Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Chair of Medicine, chair and professor of UW Ophthalmology and an adjunct professor of Biological Structure and Pathology.

Dr. Van Gelder’s goal is to give each patient the care he would give his own family and to help the patient make the best medical decisions.

Dr. Van Gelder earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at Stanford. He has won numerous awards for research and published widely. Nationally, he is a trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves as chair of the council. He is past president of the American Uveitis Society. He is a trustee of the Society of Heed Fellows and on the scientific advisory board for Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Personal Interests

Dr. Van Gelder's pastimes include hiking, backpacking, skiing, music and photography.
Eye Institute at Harborview

Eye Institute at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor Seattle, WA 98104


Cataracts, Cornea and external disease, Eye care (optometry exams), Glaucoma

Eye Center at UWMC

Eye Center at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NN 300 Seattle, WA 98195


Eye care (optometry exams), Refractive surgery


Karalis Johnson Retina Center at South Lake Union

750 Republican Street, Bldg. F Seattle, WA 98109


Age-related macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, Optometry, Retinal degenerative diseases

Stanford University School of Medicine

Medical education, 1994

Washington University SOM

Fellowship, Uveitis and Medical Retina

Stanford University Medical Center

Internship, Internal Medicine

Washington University SOM

Residency, Ophthalmology


Board Certifications
  • Ophthalmology, 2000, American Board of Ophthalmology