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Dr. David Rootman

Dr. David S. Rootman, MD, FRCSC

LASIK Surgeon

Co-Medical Director, TLC Toronto


Educational background

Dr. David Rootman’s distinguished career in ophthalmology began at the University of Toronto. As a resident and physician, Dr. Rootman was identified as an outstanding prospect for the University of Toronto’s teaching staff and was sent for two additional years of training at Louisiana State University, the first North American institution to perform laser refractive surgery. Under the direction of world-famous Drs. Kaufman and McDonald, Dr. Rootman had the opportunity to study with pioneers and leaders in the field of refractive surgery.


Refractive experience

As medical director of TLC Laser Eye Centres’ Toronto clinic, Dr. Rootman has extensive qualifications that put him within an elite circle comprised of the top corneal specialist surgeons in Canada. Refractive surgery is a major part of Dr. Rootman’s practice, and has been for over two decades. He has taken a leading role in the specialty, both through the education of other surgeons and through the advancement of his practice. Dr. Rootman is committed to ensuring patients of his centre will always be given optimal care by their surgeon, utilizing only the latest and most advanced technologies and procedures available. He has developed a true passion for enhancing lives through reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses and looks forward to continued excellence in this field.


Accomplishments and awards

As a professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Rootman has made significant contributions to the education of ophthalmologists from across Canada and around the world. A leader in his field, Dr. Rootman has trained corneal specialist surgeons from more than 10 different countries, is the author of hundreds of research papers, has had work appear in numerous publications and has lectured all over the world on all topics related to his subspecialty. Dr. Rootman also served as medical director of the Eye Bank of Canada for more than 12 years.


Associations and professional memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Association
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery