As an expert in his field, Dr. Peter Cornell is a skilled, respected, board-certified, and experienced cataract surgeon who has dedicated his medical career to improving patients' lives. He has been in private practice in Beverly Hills for over 25 years, and has a special interest and specialty focus on cataract surgery, refractive cataract surgery, LASIK and refractive surgery.

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, LASIK and cataract surgeon Dr. Cornell cares for patients from Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, New York, as well as patients from around the world, including Japan, China, England, France, Mexico and many other countries. Dr. Cornell has performed thousands of procedures, including LASIK, small incision cataract surgery with intraocular lens implants, ICL procedures, refractive cataract surgery, as well as glaucoma and eyelid surgery. He was the first ophthalmologist in Los Angeles to perform femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in 2011.

Dr. Cornell completed his undergraduate education at Brown University in 1978, graduating magna cum laude. After graduation, he earned his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed an internship in internal medicine at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. After interning, he returned to UCLA, where he completed his ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute.

Dr. Cornell has been an associate clinical professor with UCLA's Department of Ophthalmology from 1988 until June of 2023.  In 2023 UCLA determined that teaching residents surgery was no longer considered of sufficient value to maintain the professor credentials.  Despite this, Dr. Cornell continues to be actively involved in teaching the UCLA Residents cataract surgery techniques. As a Beverly Hills LASIK and cataract surgeon, Dr. Cornell holds memberships in the following professional organizations:

  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • California Association of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery Interest Group/International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Cedars Sinai Laser Vision Associates (founding board member)
  • Laser Eye Associates (founding board member)
  • Beverly Hills Care IPA (founding board member)
  • Surgical Eye Expeditions
  • Specialty Surgical Center (governing board member since 2009)
  • Research Study Club (board member and president)

Ophthalmologist Peter Cornell, MD, is committed to providing the best ophthalmic and surgical care for his worldwide patients by keeping up with the newest developments in the quickly moving fields of refractive surgery, laser vision correction and small incision cataract surgery. He attends many major courses, lectures, and international meetings to ensure that his patients receive the most advanced procedures and technology available.

A longtime Los Angeles resident, Dr. Cornell is married to his beautiful wife, Jo, for over 25 years and has a wide range of outdoor interests including skiing, travel, golf and tennis. He has lived in Denmark and Malaysia and is a former U.S. Junior National Badminton Champion. He has also performed volunteer cataract surgery in Vietnam and Mexico as part of Surgical Eye Expeditions.


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IT WAS PERFECT! Three simple words that sum up the outcome of a remarkable experience. From the moment I was prepped for cataract surgery in November, from the time I was measured and examined by your wonderful staff, and from my first meeting with you, I knew I was in excellent hands from the surgical procedure you were going to perform on my eyes.
~ Vin Scully
Is cataract surgery just a routine operation these days? I needed cataract surgery and Peter Cornell was very highly recommended, so I went to him. Modern technology has made this surgery almost routine, but eyes are highly individual, so be careful! Careful I was in choosing Dr. Cornell, and careful he was in treating my case.
~ Barry Barish
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