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.
Dr. H. Dunbar Hoskins, Jr. is an internationally recognized glaucoma specialist emeritus, with
over 80 publications and 350 professional lectures to his credit. As the Executive Vice President
of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for 16 years, Dr. Hoskins oversaw the
world’s largest organization of ophthalmologists. In 2009, in his honor, the AAO opened the H.
Dunbar Hoskins, Jr., MD Center for Quality Eye Care to promote accessibility to and
appropriateness of eye care services.
Dr. Hoskins is also the former chairman of St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, former
chairman on the Board of Mercy Services Corp., founder and Chairman of Medicom
Corporation, founding director of the American Glaucoma Society, founding director of the
Glaucoma Research Foundation, former secretary-treasurer of the Pan-American Association of
ophthalmology, and former member of the International Council of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hoskins
is a retired Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
The son of an ophthalmologist, Dr. Hoskins attended the Medical College of Virginia and was
certified in ophthalmology in 1970. He did his glaucoma specialty training at the University of
California, San Francisco (UCSF), under glaucoma pioneer Dr. Robert N. Shaffer, whose private
practice he joined in 1972. He is a clinical professor emeritus in ophthalmology at UCSF and co-
author of the 6 th edition of the quintessential text on glaucoma, Becker-Shaffer’s Diagnosis and
Therapy of the Glaucomas. He earned a lifetime achievement award from the AAO in 2003.
Dr. Hoskins’ belief in patient-centered care drove his research and his clinical practice for over
45 years. His distinguished career included research into improving the treatment - and therefore
the lives - of people living with glaucoma as well as preventing blindness. His areas of interest
have covered the gamut of glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, including medications, laser
applications, surgical methods, diagnostic technology, and the treatment of childhood glaucomas.