Malik Kahook, MD

Vice-Chair Translational Research and Chief, Glaucoma Service, University of Colorado Eye Center


Malik Y. Kahook, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Vice Chair of Translational Research and serves as chief of the glaucoma service and co-director of the glaucoma fellowship at the University of Colorado Eye Center. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma.

Dr. Kahook is active within the ophthalmology community including memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgeons, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Glaucoma Committee and is a member of the American Glaucoma Society Program Committee. Dr. Kahook has authored over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters, and is editor of Essentials of Glaucoma Surgery, MIGS: Advances in Glaucoma Surgery and the seminal textbook of glaucoma, Chandler and Grant’s Glaucoma. He was awarded an AGS Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Award in 2007 as well as the AGS Compliance Grant in 2006 and was named New Inventor of the Year for the University of Colorado in 2009 and Inventor of the Year for 2010. He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2011, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award in 2017 and the Ludwig Von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award (ARVO) in 2013.

Dr. Kahook has filed for over 60 patents, several of which have been licensed by companies for development and commercialization. He is the inventor of the Kahook Dual Blade (New World Medical) and the Harmoni Modular Intraocular Lens System (ClarVista Medical, Acquired by Alcon). Dr. Kahook is a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Device Division.