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Research Spotlight: Neal Shorstein, MD

Neal H. Shorstein, MD, has been an ophthalmologist with The Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Northern California since 1992. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida under Melvin Rubin, MD. Dr. Shorstein has been an administrator in his medical center's Quality Department since 2004, which has been formative in developing his interests in quality assurance, performance improvement, and research.

As associate chief of quality for the Diablo Service Area, he works with patients presenting with a variety of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. He performs approximately 250 cataract surgeries per year. He devotes his time to caring for patients, clinical research, and serving the vision needs of the broader community through volunteering with the Seva Foundation, which works to restore eyesight and prevent blindness in 20 countries around the world. Dr. Shorstein has volunteered with the Seva Foundation since 2005, teaching phacoemulsification (advanced cataract surgery) techniques to local ophthalmologists in Nepal, Tibet, and China. Dr. Shorstein is on Seva's board of directors and has received their Lifetime of Service award. Dr. Shorstein also volunteers closer to home with Project Access performing pro bono cataract and pterygium surgery.

Dr. Shorstein was a finalist for the 2015 Kaiser Permanente David Lawrence Community Service Award. The David Lawrence Community Service Awards are presented each year to recognize Kaiser Permanete individuals and groups who champion outstanding community benefit activities and initiatives demonstrating extraordinary efforts to improve the health of communities. It is an honor to be nominated and speaks to Dr. Shorstein's history of contributions to research, clinical work, and improving the eye health of communities. ​

Dr. Shorstein received the Morris F. Collen research award from The Permanente Medical Group in 2014. He leads the Cataract Surgery Quality and Safety group, which is comprised of ophthalmologist chairs from each Kaiser Permanente region. This learning community works to ensure quality and safety in all aspects of ophthalmology practice through the development and implementation of quality of service programs and research projects.