Scott M. MacRae, M.D.

Scott M. MacRae, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 659
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-2020
Fax: (585) 756-1975

Research Bio

Dr. Scott MacRae is one of the most experienced and respected refractive surgeons in the world. He has over 30 years of experience as a cornea specialist, over 20 years of experience as a refractive surgeon, and has performed more than 20,000 refractive surgery procedures.

He is the Director of Refractive Services in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester where he is a Professor in Ophthalmology and a Professor of Visual Science at the University of Rochester's Center for Visual Science.

Dr. MacRae is an editorial board member on three refractive surgery journals and most recently was the Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery. He is a noted expert and widely published, including the Journal of Refractive Surgery, Popular Science, The New York Times, and various refractive surgery journals. He also co-authored the premier text on wavefront sensing, "Customized Corneal Ablation: The Quest for Super Vision," now out in its second volume, "Wavefront Customized Visual Correction: The Quest for Super Vision II."

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. MacRae is focused on patient safety and results. A leader in the refractive surgery field, Dr. MacRae has trained over 400 surgeons and has an extensive background in the development, safety, and effectiveness of laser vision correction technology. He has served as a member and consultant of the FDA's Ophthalmic Devices Panel, and was Chairman of the Public Health Committee with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His work includes design of numerous refractive surgical instruments, laser surgery techniques and he holds the patent on a commonly used astigmatism treatment. Dr. MacRae also travels the world to lecture on laser vision correction, the prevention and treatment of complications. When other surgeons experience complications, they turn to Dr. MacRae. He was also named one of the "Top 50 Opinion Leaders in Cataract and Refractive Surgery" as voted by the readers of the professional journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

Dr. MacRae studied at the University of Wisconsin and completed two cornea fellowships - at Medical College of Wisconsin and Emory University. After spending 16 years at Oregon Health Sciences University, Dr. MacRae joined the University of Rochester Department of Ophthalmology, where he is now a leader in the Alliance for Vision Excellence--a patient care and research collaboration between the University of Rochester and industry. The partnership brings together the most technologically advanced instruments, devices, and diagnostic tools to provide optimal laser vision correction results for you.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Ziemer Award for his Outstanding Advocacy and Implementation of Ziemer "Small Spot" Femtosecond Laser Technology 2012
U.S. Patent Issued for Invention of Rochester Nomogram by Scott MacRae, MD and Manoj Venkiteshwar, Ph.D. 2012
Voted Best Doctors in America US News & World Reports 2011
Awarded Best Paper of Multifocal- Accommodative Intraoccular Lens Session, ASCRS Annual Meeting 2010
Awarded Best Paper of Cataract- Intraocular Lens Session ASCRS Annual Meeting 2009
Awarded Best Paper of Keratorefractive Session. ASCRS Annual Meeting 2008
In Top 50 Opinion Leaders in Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today By Physician Readers of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today 2005 - 2011
Lans Lectureship Award Jointly Awarded by International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2003
Amini Award, The Wisconsin Ophthalmic Alumni Association Meeting 2003
Senior Honor Award, American Acadermy of Ophthalmology 2001
Swarthmore Who's Who Registry 1997 - 2008
Certificate of Appreciation, ARVO, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 1997
George Kambara Award of Lectureship University of Wisconsin, Madison 1996
Panelist-Physicians Review Group for Ad Hoc White House Health Reform Committee, Panel-Physician Choice in Managed Competition 1993
Panelist-Physicians Review Group for Ad Hoc White House Health Reform Committee, Panel-Outcomes Studies in Managed Competition 1993
Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology 1991
Honorary Lectureship: Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Illinois Society to Prevent Blindness 1990
Voted Best Doctors in America 1990 - 2012
Elected Chief of Residency Program Department of Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin 1980 - 1981
Qualified Phi Beta Kappa, University of Wisconsin 1970 - 1973


Strong Vision Equation for Enhanced Zyoptix Outcome

United States Serial NO.: 11/403,877
Filed Date: April 14, 2006
Title: System and Method For Treating Vision Refractive Errors
Invented by: Manoj Venkiteshwar, Scott MacRae
Strong Vision Equation for Enhanced Zyoptix Outcome

United States Serial NO.: 13/625,545
Filed Date: September 24, 2012
Title: System and Method For Treating Vision Refractive Errors
Invented by: Manoj Venkiteshwar, Scott MacRae

Recent Journal Articles

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2012 Oct
Zheleznyak L, Kim MJ, MacRae S, Yoon G. "Impact of corneal aberrations on through-focus image quality of presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses using an adaptive optics bench system." Journal of cataract and refractive surgery. 2012 Oct; 38(10):1724-33. Epub 2012 Aug 15.
2011 Apr
Cui L, Huxlin KR, Xu L, Macrae S, Knox WH. "High-resolution, noninvasive, two-photon fluorescence measurement of molecular concentrations in corneal tissue." Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 2011 Apr; 52(5):2556-64. Epub 2011 Apr 20.
2010 Mar
Bühren J, Yoon G, MacRae S, Huxlin K. "Contribution of optical zone decentration and pupil dilation on the change of optical quality after myopic photorefractive keratectomy in a cat model." Journal of refractive surgery. 2010 Mar; 26(3):183-90. Epub 2010 Mar 11.
2008 Jun
Yoon G, Pantanelli S, MacRae S. "Comparison of Zernike and Fourier wavefront reconstruction algorithms in representing corneal aberration of normal and abnormal eyes." Journal of refractive surgery. 2008 Jun; 24(6):582-90.
2007 Dec
Bühren J, Yoon G, Kenner S, MacRae S, Huxlin K. "The effect of optical zone decentration on lower- and higher-order aberrations after photorefractive keratectomy in a cat model." Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 2007 Dec; 48(12):5806-14.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Center for Visual Science A&S (RC)


Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology


MD | Medicine | Univ Wisconsin Medical School1977
BS | Zoology | Univ Wisconsin-Madison1974

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin09/01/1981 - 06/30/1982
Residency in Ophthalmology at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics09/01/1978 - 06/30/1981
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Arizona College of Medicine07/01/1977 - 06/1978