Sacramento Eye Consultants started when two academic-based ophthalmologists decided to set up a unique eye specialty practice in Sacramento. Dr Richard Grutzmacher, who was Director of Cornea at the University of Washington in Seattle, wanted to move back to Northern California. Dr Richard Lewis, who as Director of Glaucoma at University of California, Davis, saw an unmet opportunity in private practice in Sacramento. The administrators at Mercy General on J Street wanted to establish an Eye Center based in their new outpatient surgery center. These forces were all in play in the spring of 1988. When the opportunity to join forces to reduce overhead, Drs Grutzmacher and Lewis, though they had never met, decided to “move in together” and, thus, created the referral ophthalmic practice, Grutzmacher and Lewis in October 1988 with the goal of providing outstanding specialty care for patients with corneal, glaucoma and cataract related problems.
Over the years, the practice Grutzmacher and Lewis thrived. Ophthalmology was in the midst of remarkable innovation. We were the first to offer LASIK surgery in Northern California following FDA approval in 1999. Innovations in cataract and glaucoma surgery were underway and Dr Lewis developed a Clinical Research team to participate in these studies. Over the years, we have participated in more than 100 studies and are actively recruiting for studies at this time. Between his clinical research and participation with ophthalmic industry, Dr Lewis became a national authority on glaucoma and was selected as President of the American Glaucoma Society 2000-2 then President of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2014-15.
Meet our team of fellowship-trained Eye Surgeons and Ophthalmology experts, specializing in the treatment of Eye Diseases such as Cataracts, LASIK, Glaucoma and many others. Focused on LASIK Eye Surgery, minimally invasive glaucoma and cataract surgeries in Sacramento and Lincoln.
If you are looking for an eye surgeon in Sacramento, consider Richard D. Grutzmacher, Richard A. Lewis, Patricia B. Sierra, Jacob W. Brubaker, Samuel H. Lee, or Xiongfei Liu. Our surgeons have extensive experience enhancing vision not only with LASIK, but also for those in need of a corneal transplant, cataract surgery, or glaucoma treatment. Procedures are often performed at Capital City Surgery Center and Mercy General Hospital where we offer a variety of treatments to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Richard D. Grutzmacher MD, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Grutzmacher completed his internship and Internal Medicine residency at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He then fulfilled his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Richard A. Lewis, MD is the former director of glaucoma at the University of California, Davis. In addition to his busy clinical practice located in Sacramento, California, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in clinical research in national and international trials for glaucoma therapy as well as the Journal of Glaucoma, Video Journal of Ophthalmology, and Ocular Surgery News. He is the co-founder of Sacramento’s Capital City Surgery Center and Sacramento Eye Consultants.
Patricia B. Sierra, MD is an experienced, board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist, specializing in cornea, cataract, glaucoma and laser vision correction. Dr. Sierra received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the National Autonomous University of Honduras. After completing an internship at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia, she obtained her ophthalmology degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sierra later pursued fellowship training with internationally recognized leaders at Minnesota Eye Consultants/Phillips Eye Hospital in Minneapolis.
Jacob W. Brubaker, MD received his medical degree from McGill University. He went on to complete an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. He completed two fellowships, one in ophthalmic pathology at the University of Utah and his glaucoma fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma.
Samuel H. Lee, MD joined our practice in June 2016. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine graduating as part of Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society and completed his internship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. In 2009, Dr. Lee came to Sacramento for his ophthalmology residency at UC Davis Eye Center, and then moved to Chicago to complete a Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Xiongfei Liu, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in glaucoma and cataracts. Growing up as a Blue Devil fan, Dr. Liu attended Duke University and then received his medical degree from the University of Miami. There, he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. Dr. Liu completed his ophthalmology residency training at the renowned UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. One year later, he finished his formal medical training with the completion of the glaucoma fellowship at UCSD Shiley Eye Institute. There, he studied under the tutelage of Robert N. Weinreb, who is a world-leading glaucoma specialist.
Monica C. Robinson, OD is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and the Southern California College of Optometry, where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree. She completed internships at the Brentwood Veterans Administration Eye Clinic and the Center for the Partially Sighted in Santa Monica.