Princeton & Harvard Trained Glaucoma Surgeon Joins Vold Vision Team

Dr. George Tanaka

Vold Vision is pleased to announce the hiring of nationally recognized glaucoma sub-specialist, Dr. George Tanaka. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Tanaka is widely considered one of the top glaucoma sub-specialists in the country, a gifted educator, and a true humanitarian. His approach to glaucoma care combines a full spectrum of traditional glaucoma surgeries as well as cutting edge, minimally invasive procedures, laser treatments and diagnostic techniques, to make up a customized approach which is tailored to his patients’ needs and disease state.

“Our mission since we first opened the Vold Vision doors is to create a center of excellence providing our Northwest Arkansas community with complete sub-specialty care and technology that rivals any clinic in the country,” stated Dr. Steven Vold, chief medical officer of Vold Vision. “The addition of Dr. Tanaka is yet another step in that direction. He is among the elite in the field of glaucoma. The respect he has from our colleagues across the nation is exceptional. He is also beloved by his patients, as he makes efforts to do little things, such as calling each of them personally the night of their surgery to check in with them. We are thankful Dr. Tanaka has chosen to relocate to Northwest Arkansas and serve our community.”

H. George Tanaka, MD., certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, specializes in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and anterior segment surgery. Dr. Tanaka completed his fellowship training in glaucoma at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He also conducted two years of biomedical eye research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary before completing his residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Tanaka is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and he did an internship at Harvard Medical School Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to this, Dr. Tanaka graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He has been awarded multiple scholarships, academic awards and honors and has numerous presentations and publications in the field of glaucoma disease. He also received the distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tanaka has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on glaucoma diagnosis, treatment and surgery.

He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tanaka also serves as the co-director of the Glaucoma Service at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, where he has been awarded the Clinical Faculty Teaching Award five times. He also serves on the board of Hospital de la Familia Foundation, a charitable organization committed to developing a sustainable high-quality eye care program in rural Guatemala.

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