Rolando Toyos, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Toyos Clinic. Dr. Toyos is originally from California. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School where he played Varsity Basketball, Baseball and Football and was a finalist for the CIF Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, where he was a straight A student. Before beginning medical school, Dr. Toyos worked as a high school teacher and basketball coach. He won the National Teaching Award from Columbia University for his science curriculum development and his work with at-risk children. He then received his medical degree at the University of Illinois where he was Class President, graduating with James Scholar Academic Honors and received a community service award for helping Chicago City Public Schools develop a pre-med program for students interested in medicine. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University and Chicago Children's Hospital. Dr. Toyos spent one year performing LASIK at the Assil Eye Institute in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Toyos is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and specializes in Cataract Surgery, LASIK, and Dry Eye. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the country, completing over 25,000 cataract surgeries and 15,000 LASIK surgeries. He was the first surgeon to combine Laser Cataract Surgery with Aqualase creating a new Laser For Cataract Surgery L4C procedure. . He holds various patents including one for a light based technology used for the treatment of Dry Eye. Dr. Toyos is the inventor of the procedure Intense Pulse Light for dry eye, also known as DELIT. He has trained hundreds of surgeons both nationally and internationally on surgical techniques, medications and new technologies. He has authored several papers and books. One book for medical students, now in its 3rd edition, was a best seller on college campuses for several years. He belongs to many professional organizations including the Sports Ophthalmology Society of America (SOSA) of which he is the current president. Dr. Toyos has worked with various professional sports teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, Seattle Mariners, and Memphis Redbirds to name a few. He has been named one of The Best Doctors and is the only eye surgeon in Tennessee voted Top Doc by Trusted Lasik Surgeons.
Dr. Toyos is involved in the community. He won The Humanitarian Award by the Jazz Foundation of America for providing free surgical care to the displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. He recently won the Leadership Award from National Hispanic Professional Organization. He volunteers his time to Eye Care America, a national program that provides eye care to the poor. The clinic has completed mission trips to Nicaragua, Honduras, Columbia and Haiti. He has been a board member of Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum. He has won several community awards like The Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Memphis Finest, and Memphis Magazine's Who's Who.
Toyos Clinic has been recognized as one the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine.
For fun, Dr. Toyos loves spending time with his wife and three girls.