Tracing our origin back to 1939, the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco
has the largest number of glaucoma specialists in one location on the
West Coast. We’re proud of the team of Doctors we’ve assembled.
Andrew G. Iwach, MD has been a glaucoma specialist since 1989. He is the Executive Director
of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco and Co-Founder of the Eye Surgery Center of San
After studying electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr.
Iwach received his medical degree from UCLA in 1984. He completed his ophthalmology
residency at Stanford University Medical Center in 1988. Dr. Iwach trained in glaucoma under
world-renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Robert N. Shaffer through the University of California, San
Francisco (UCSF). He then joined Dr. Shaffer as a specialist in private practice.
Dr. Iwach is a Fellow of the American Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, serving as Secretary of Communications from 2006 to 2011. He is also Board
Chairman of the Glaucoma Research Foundation and Founder and Executive Director of the
Glaucoma Research and Education Group. He has chaired the annual Glaucoma Symposium
held in San Francisco since 1997 and cofounded and has moderated the Glaucoma 360 New
Horizons Forum since 2012. Dr. Iwach is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at
UCSF and a faculty instructor at California Pacific Medical Center.
Dr. Iwach is a respected researcher and much-sought speaker. He is an author of over 60
scientific publications and has presented over 430 lectures on glaucoma to his peers around the
world. Some of his research interests include new laser techniques for glaucoma, drugs for use
with surgery, congenital and childhood glaucomas, clinical drug trials, computerized medical
database management, imaging devices, and parameters for selective laser trabeculoplasty. Dr.
Iwach is also a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a past
recipient of the Academy’s Senior Honor Achievement Award. He has been listed in "Best
Doctors" since 2001. In addition to his contributions to the medical community, his expertise has
helped educate the public about eye disease.
Dr. Iwach welcomes a diverse population to his practice. He speaks Ukrainian, some Russian,
and some Spanish.