Rolando Toyos, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Toyos Clinic. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. 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.
Dr. Toyos is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and specializes in Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Glaucoma, and Dry Eye. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the country, completing over 35,000 cataract surgeries, 20,000 glaucoma laser treatments and 25,000 LASIK surgeries. Dr. Toyos is an expert in Dry Eye Disease. He holds patents and is the inventor of light treatments for Dry Eye Disease including Intense Pulse Light IPL. Dr. Toyos has published several research articles including being the lead author in the published research paper in PLoS ONE that gained IPL FDA approval. He has trained hundreds of surgeons both nationally and internationally on surgical techniques, medications and new technologies. He has authored several papers and books including, Insider’s Guide to Medical School Admissions, a best seller on college campuses for several years. His newest book, Dry Eye Disease Treatment in the Year 2020, has received praised from patients and doctors internationally. Recently the book was translated in Chinese and distributed in Asia. Dr. Toyos has worked with various professional sports teams and organizations like the NFL, NBA, MLB, and World Boxing Association, Memphis Grizzlies, Seattle Mariners, and Memphis Redbirds to name a few and is the former President of the Sports Ophthalmology Society of America. Dr. Toyos has been a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for several years.
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. Hispanic Center of Excellence presented him with the Mentorship Award for his work with Medical Students. 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 won several community awards like, CEO of the Year Inside Memphis Business, Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S., CEO of the Year by Nashville Hispanic Chamber, The Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Memphis Finest, and Memphis Magazine’s Who’s Who.
Dr. Toyos has served on several boards such as Ballet Memphis, Rock and Soul Museum, and the Mid-South Latino Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the Chairman of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of Lineage Bank. He recently completed and is a supporter of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Program.
For fun, Dr. Toyos loves spending time with his wife and practice partner Dr. Melissa Toyos and their three girls.