R. Wayne Bowman, Jr., MD Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Wayne Bowman, M.D., is an ophthalmologist at Children’s Health℠. He was one of the first surgeons in the nation to gain experience in LASIK when the procedure was initially being tested by the FDA, and he has stayed on top of the most leading-edge vision correction techniques ever since.
Dr. Bowman received his medical degree from the University of Missouri Medical School. He stayed on at Missouri to complete his residency in internal medicine before completing the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, which is the oldest and largest ophthalmic educational course in the world designed for residents-in-training and practicing ophthalmologists..
A caring and compassionate doctor, Dr. Bowman has been recognized by D magazine as a Best Doctor and Texas Monthly as a Super Doctor for many consecutive years, Dr. Bowman says it’s all about the patients for him, every day.
“The patients are the focus of what we do. They are our world, our family,” he says. “It’s a privilege to interact with and take care of them.”
Dr. Bowman is a frequent lecturer on a variety of ophthalmologic topics. He also is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Texas Ophthalmological Association, and the American Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, among other professional organizations.
Dr. Bowman became well known in 2009 for taking care of one patient in particular, when he performed cataract surgery on a 47-year-old gorilla named Timbo at the Dallas Zoo. The surgery was a success, and Timbo lived out her last few years being able to clearly see her gorilla friends and visitors to the zoo.
While that was a unique experience, cataract surgery on humans is continually gratifying, Dr. Bowman says, especially as technology constantly improves, enabling patients to recover so quickly and have almost immediate vision improvement.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolUniversity of Missouri School of Medicine (1976)
InternshipUniversity of Missouri at Columbia (1977), Internal Medicine
ResidencyUniversity of Missouri at Columbia (1982), Ophthalmology
University of Missouri at Columbia (1978), Internal Medicine
FellowshipUniversity of Texas Medical School at Houston (1984), Ophthalmology
Departments & Programs
Research & Publications
- cataract surgery
- LASIK, Intralase
- keratorefractive surgery
- toric lenses
- refractive lens exchange
- Visian ICL
- corneal transplantation
- DALK, DSEK
- laser-assisted cataract surgery
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- American Board of Ophthalmology
Awards & Honors
- Texas Monthly Magazine - Super Doctors (2014)
- D Magazine - Best Doctors in Dallas (2013)
- AAO Achievement Award (2010)
- Irene Wadel and Robert I Atha, Jr. Professorship in Ophthalmology in Honor of R. Wayne Bowman,MD - Endowed Chair (1999)