San Diego Eye Bank

Board of Directors

Chris Heichel

Chris W. Heichel, MD, FACS serves as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology specializing in cornea, cataract & refractive surgery at the UC San Diego, Shiley Eye Institute. He is recognized by his peers as a skilled surgeon, astute clinician and dedicated educator. Enjoying complex referrals from around the world, Dr. Heichel’s clinical interests focus on advanced keratoplasty techniques, including pediatric, lamellar (DMEK, DSEK, DALK) and laser assisted keratoplasty, stem cell transplantation, keratoprostheses and ocular surface reconstruction, complex cataract cases which include ectopia lentis and dislocated IOLs, iris reconstruction, management of keratoconus utilizing INTACS and crosslinking, as well as advanced techniques in LASIK and phakic ICLs. His current research interests include lens regeneration with stem cells, capsular stability and refractive predictability utilizing capsular tension rings in cataract surgery and the management of ocular surface tumors. 

Dr. Heichel is honored to be recognized locally and nationally for his skills and expertise. His awards include US News & World Report’s Top Doctors, San Diego Magazine’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors and Patient’s Choice Award. Additionally, he has been a recipient of UC San Diego’s Department of Ophthalmology Residency Teacher of the Year Award on numerous occasions. He is a Fellow of the AAO and active member of the ASCRS.




Committed to best patient outcomes

As the largest eye bank in California, we are committed to the restoration and preservation of sight. Through our Gift of Sight program, we have helped restore sight to over 100,000 recipients. We provide a full range of tissue distribution services along with support for medical missions and research advancements. Additionally, we sponsor continuing education programs, wet labs, and training courses for physicians, ophthalmic technicians, and healthcare professionals.

The Board of Directors of the San Diego Eye Bank is comprised entirely of ophthalmologists from our community. They help ensure that SDEB continues to meet the needs of surgeons and their patients concerning the changing and emerging technologies in eye banking and the field of ophthalmology.

Since 1959, SDEB has remained an institution for the ophthalmic community in San Diego, across the nation, and around the globe.