Keith Walter, MD
Keith Walter, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and entrepreneur devoted to innovating and advancing patient care with technology. He is an inventor and developer of new ophthalmic surgical techniques. He is currently involved in partnerships with several of the leading companies in the field and is open to new collaborations.
About Keith Walter
Keith Walter, MD, received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1991. He served an internship in internal medicine at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina beginning in 1992. He performed his ophthalmology residency and cornea fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in 1995 and 1996, respectively. He joined the Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center and department of ophthalmology in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2014.
Walter is a highly skilled surgeon and ophthalmologist who is always looking for ways to improve techniques and enhance patient care in the field. He invented the EndoSaver or EndoSerter, a unique single-use, disposable device used to implant donor tissue during DSAEK procedures—partial thickness corneal transplants. His desire for better tools and techniques in eye surgery has led to his research pursuits, which have led to improved patient outcomes.
In refractive surgery, Walter has helped to develop a new technique called presbyLASIK, a method of reshaping the cornea so that patients can see both distant and close objects. It is currently in use in Europe and awaiting U.S. approval. In future research, Walter hopes to improve outcomes in glaucoma patients who undergo cataract surgery by enhancing placement of micro-invasive glaucoma stints. He also wants to develop methods to improve visualization during eye surgery.
Walter collaborates with industry through his development and commercialization of the EndoSaver device. He is also actively seeking partnerships to bring several of his other innovations to FDA approval and the market. He wants to collaborate with companies who will actively listen to the surgeon and understand the clinical aspects of the product being developed. With his proven track record of innovation and patent approvals, along with the expertise offered by Wake Forest Innovations, Walter has much to offer for potential industry partnerships.
Keith Walter, MD, professor in the department of ophthalmology for Wake Forest School of Medicine, specializes in:
- Corneal and refractive surgery
- Refractive surgery including all-laser LASIK and PRK
- Cataract surgery
- Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy
- Corneal transplants
- Inventor, EndoSaver corneal endothelial delivery instrument