Robert J. Cionni, MD

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Cataract and Refractive Surgery Specialist – Retired

Robert J. Cionni, M.D. retired in 2020 after a distinguished and successful career in ophthalmology. Dr. Cionni has been widely recognized as a world-renowned expert in the field of modern cataract surgery. As a board-certified ophthalmologist, he specialized in cataract surgery, lens implants, and refractive surgeries such as LASIK, PRK, implantation of ICLs and refractive lens exchange.

Dr. Cionni established himself as a leader in his specialty by pioneering some of the most advanced cataract and implant techniques, authoring numerous articles and textbook chapters about specialized cataract techniques, technologies and management of complications. He lectured across the country on the use of advanced intraocular lens (IOL) implants. Dr. Cionni was also active in clinical research throughout his career, often bringing the latest technologies to his patients before they were widely available.

Dr. Cionni designed special implants and surgical techniques to improve the surgical outcomes in patients with traumatic cataract and congenital lens subluxation, as found in many patients with Marfan Syndrome. He educated surgeons nationally and internationally about the use of these devices, in addition to his teaching positions at University of Utah and the John A. Moran Eye Center.

Dr. Cionni served as the 2015-2016 President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has also been a member of many professional organizations, including the Utah Ophthalmology Society, the Utah Medical Association, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, and the International Intraocular Implant Club.

The team at The Eye Institute of Utah continues to carry on Dr. Cionni’s legacy of innovation and exceptional patient care. We wish him all the best in his retirement.

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