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Meet the Masters
of Aesthetics

By Matt Bartilson

Are you
really living?

By Angella Nazarian

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Bonnie

By Bonnie Zabel

Blissful
Beverly Bites

By Bruce Hoffman

Masters of aesthetics profile:
Dr. Robert Maloney

It's hard to believe that such a nice, down-to-earth and comfortable physician comes with such an incredible pedigree. But the truth is that with Robert Maloney, it's hard to decide which is most impressive: his academic credentials, his first-class surgical capabilities, or his wall-to-wall line-up of A list clients.

Dr. Maloney graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard College, with a degree in Mathematics. He followed that up with study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His Doctor of Medicine degree came next, from the University of California at San Francisco, followed by a Research Fellowship in Physiology, again in England—this time, at Cambridge University.

Determined to be at the top of his chosen medical field, Dr. Maloney did an internship at the University of California, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a Heed Fellowship in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Emory University.

When Dr. Maloney returned to California to practice, his training in the brand-new LASIK surgical techniques made him a natural choice for the west-coast clinical trials of this pioneering technology.

Today the Maloney Vision Institute, is a U.S. FDA Study Center, in which Dr. Maloney and his staff routinely develop, test and establish surgical protocols for new, state-of-the-art vision correction procedures.

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Words Gemma Turi / Photos Felix Kunze

Dr. Robert Maloney is not your typical eye doctor. He doesn’t want to help you replace your glasses. He wants to get rid of them. Permanently.

When Dr. Robert Maloney decided to become an eye surgeon, over twenty-five years ago, he had a simple goal: he wanted to help people see better. And perhaps because Robert Maloney doesn't do things halfway and doesn't believe in "just okay," that goal was rapidly supplanted by a new one: to help everyone see better, without the need for glasses or contact lenses. And after almost twenty years of working at the forefront of innovative LASIK surgery, he's made that target an attainable one.

In his office, a relaxed Dr. Maloney explains why he has such a passion for perfecting eyesight. "When I was a young boy, my grandmother needed surgery for cataracts. It didn't go well, and I watched her nearly lose her vision because of it."

It wasn't the vision loss that inspired Dr. Maloney, however. It was its restoration.

"I watched a brilliant surgeon restore her vision in the affected eye, treat the cataract in her other eye and let her see like a young woman again," said Dr. Maloney. "It seemed like such an amazing thing to be able to do."