Paul M. Tesser is a board-certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist (eye physician and surgeon), specializing in the diagnosis, management, and surgery of complex glaucoma, cataracts, and related diseases. Dr. Tesser has been practicing in St. Louis for more than twenty five years. He established his clinical practice, Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis, in 2001, now the largest independent practice in the greater St. Louis area with a main focus on glaucoma.
Dr. Tesser’s surgical expertise includes all types of glaucoma procedures including Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), glaucoma drainage implants, and glaucoma laser surgery. He performs complex cataract surgery including laser cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens implants.
Dr. Tesser is a graduate of MIT (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences. He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he received MD and PhD degrees. He was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a medical student.
Dr. Tesser’s clinical training in ophthalmology includes completing a residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed his Glaucoma Fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Tesser is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Washington University.
Dr. Tesser began conducting medical science research at MIT, in the areas of protein and DNA biochemistry. As a graduate student at Stony Brook, in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he continued his research and applied it to the visual system. The results of his graduate thesis, “Intermediate Filaments in Retina and Optic Nerve Regeneration ” and his other research investigations, have been published in leading scientific journals.
Dr. Tesser has pursued a professional career committed to exceptional patient care and to the highest standards of professional ethics. Dr. Tesser is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is an active member of the American Glaucoma Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Medical Association, and the St. Louis Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Tesser volunteers for the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, serving on its Board of Directors.
Dr. Tesser has contributed publications to the basic science and ophthalmic literature. These have included primary research articles, case reports, review articles, and book chapters. He has also served as a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology. Dr. Tesser presents lectures and seminars to community ophthalmologists locally and regionally, as well as at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meetings. Dr. Tesser’s current area of clinical research interest involves investigating the relationship between myopia, myopia-associated visual field loss, and glaucoma.
Dr. Tesser began teaching residents and medical students at Washington University while he was a Fellow and continues to remain involved in education. He attends resident surgeries and directs the glaucoma surgery lab. He was named Washington University Ophthalmology Clinical Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2017. In 2020, he received a Volunteer Faculty Recognition Award for 25 years of service.
Dr. Tesser has been voted a Best Doctor in St. Louis and Best Doctor in America, each year since 2009.
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