Stephen Updegraff Named Among Top Doctors in America by U.S. News

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LASIK pioneer and refractive surgeon Dr. Stephen Updegraff has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report on their prestigious list of the nation’s top doctors.

LASIK Specialist Dr. Stephen Updegraff

U.S. News and World Report has honored Tampa Bay LASIK surgeon Stephen Updegraff, M.D., F.A.C.S., with inclusion on their list of the “Top Doctors” in the nation.

In order to be selected as a Top Doctor, physicians must be nominated by their peers. This allows the list to serve as a compilation of trustworthy referrals for patients. Of the nearly 800,000 physicians in the country, only about 3 percent are selected for the Top Doctors list.

“At Updegraff Vision, we are dedicated to providing excellence in care and world-class LASIK and cataract surgery for our patients,” said Dr. Updegraff. "I am deeply honored to have been nominated by my peers and recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top doctors.”

Dr. Updegraff first earned recognition as a world-class, pioneering LASIK surgeon when he performed the third LASIK in the U.S. during the FDA clinical trials. He then went on to perform the first LASIK in Asia, when he demonstrated the procedure for hundreds of surgeons in China, and has also earned seven patents for developing techniques and technologies used in LASIK and microsurgery of the eye.

In addition, Dr. Updegraff is skilled at cataract and high-tech lens implant surgery. He became the first surgeon in Florida to implant the Crystalens lens implant, and he currently serves as a consultant on developments in laser cataract surgery.

Dr. Updegraff has been recognized numerous times throughout his career for his contributions to the field of refractive surgery. Several notable awards and honors include the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Best Paper in Session Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Kritzinger Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Updegraff has also been included on the peer-selected Best Doctors in America list, and has been named a Leading Innovator in Premium IOL implant surgery by Premier Surgeon.

Since 1996, Dr. Updegraff has served as the Medical Director of Updegraff Vision, a full-service refractive surgery practice with locations in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. He continues to publish and lecture about advancements in refractive surgery.

Dr. Updegraff is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery (for which he was a founding member), and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. He earned his medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine, completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Louisiana State University Eye Center, and received fellowship training at the University of Texas-Houston’s Hermann Eye Center.

For more information, or to contact Dr. Updegraff, call Updegraff Vision’s main office at (727) 551-2020 or visit


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