Jay S. Pepose M.D., Ph. D.
Medical Director
  • Medical Director

Medical Director, Pepose Vision Institute

Jay S. Pepose, M.D., Ph. D. was born in New York City in 1955. He received a B.A. (magna cum laude with high honors in biology) and M.A. both in 1975 from Brandeis University. He completed the M.D.-Ph.D. program (Alpha Omega Alpha) at the UCLA School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. After an internal medicine internship at UCLA Medical Center and a Damon Runyon Research Fellowship in Medical Genetics at Jules Stein Eye Institute, he completed ophthalmology residency training at The Wilmer Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a clinical fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center.

In 1988, Dr. Pepose joined the full time faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology and rose to the rank of the Bernard Becker Professor of Ophthalmology. His areas of interest include corneal and lens based refractive surgery, treatments for presbyopia, and corneal and external diseases. He is the recipient of the Cogan Award from ARVO, the senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has enjoyed grant support from the National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness, is an Executive Editor of The American Journal of Ophthalmology and has served on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Refractive Surgery, Cornea, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Pepose is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control. He holds several patents, has published over 180 peer reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and co-edited a textbook on Ocular Infections and Immunity.

He is Medical Director of Pepose Vision Institute and Medical Director of Lifelong Vision Foundation.