Matt Oliva, MD

General Ophthalmology and Cornea Specialist

Dr. Matt Oliva is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal surgeon specializing in surgical and medical treatments of the eye including corneal transplants, cataract surgery, laser vision correction, pterygium surgery, ocular surface tumors, corneal dystrophies, and infection-related eye disease. He is also available for general ophthalmology, diabetic exams, uveitis, and routine eye care.

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Dr. Oliva is deeply passionate about international service. He is an associated physician and board member of the Himalayan Cataract Project, a non-profit foundation aimed at eliminating curable blindness in the developing world. In this capacity, he travels to Asia and Africa several times per year to perform and teach ophthalmic surgery and frequently arranges and hosts international corneal fellowships for overseas surgeons. He is also dedicated to the development of international eye banks that expand access to sight-restoring corneal transplants and he serves as the Medical Director of the country’s largest eye bank SightLife, based in Seattle.


Dr. Oliva featured on National Public Radio (NPR)

Dr. Oliva and his work with the Himalayan Cataract Project in Ethiopia was featured on NPR All Things Considered.  Click above to hear Jason Beaubien’s experience with HCP during a high volume cataract outreach at Bisidimo Hospital.

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Beating Blindness

Dr. Oliva gave the crew of HBO’s ‘Vice’ an intimate look into the sight-restoring efforts of medical teams treating cataracts in developing countries. This Emmy-winning series followed Dr. Oliva and the Himalayan Cataract Project to Ethiopia, where they performed nearly 700 surgeries over the course of a week. Watch the complete video.

Restoring Sight in Ethiopia

Photographer Amanda Conde had the opportunity to witness cataract procedures that treated the blind in Harar, Ethiopia. Dr. Oliva was one of the doctors performing the life-changing procedures. Click to view the full story on CNN iReport.

Humanitarian Award

On June 6th, Dr. Matt Oliva was awarded the 2014 University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Humanitarian award. Watch a video that played at the ceremony, highlighting Dr. Oliva and his work overseas.

Making It Matter

To promote its new tablet running on Windows 8, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft interviewed people in a variety of industries to find eight leaders who are making a difference in the world. After an exhaustive search, Dr. Matt Oliva was selected because of his commitment to international service. Working in Nepal and Ethiopia, as well as here in the United States, Dr. Oliva is using the latest technology to help eradicate preventable blindness. Click on the video to learn more about his efforts to give the gift of sight to people around the world.

Other Associations

Dr. Oliva is an affiliate Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University (Casey Eye Institute). Prior to moving to southern Oregon, he practiced at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA where he also served a four year post as the official eye doctor for the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics.

Outside the office, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, kayaking, river rafting, and running.

Education and Training

Fellowship, 2004
Cornea and Refractive Surgery—Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Residency, 2003
Ophthalmology—University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

Internship, 2000
Medicine and Surgery—Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

Medical School, 1999
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

Dr. Oliva joined Medical Eye Center in 2008.
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