DR. Knauf, Ophthalmologist, Eye Site of Tampa Bay

Herbert P. Knauf, M.D.

Cornea and External Disease Specialist / Cataract and Refractive Surgery / Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Knauf, President and CEO of Eye Site of Tampa Bay, is a board certified ophthalmologist and Chief of Ophthalmology at Morton Plant Hospital. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he has taught since 1997.

Dr. Knauf is a fellowship-trained surgeon in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He finished with an advanced cornea fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa.                                                                                                                                                      His professional expertise includes refractive procedures including LASIK & phakic intraocular lens implantation, with a special emphasis in complex corneal and cataract surgery and anterior segment reconstruction. Dr. Knauf keeps up with the latest techniques in cataract and corneal surgeries, including the use of the femtosecond laser, toric, accommodating, and multifocal lens technology, as well as selective corneal transplant procedures like DSAEK and DALK.

Dr. Knauf has continued to be involved with clinical research where he has participated as principal and sub-investigator for multiple clinical studies. Regionally he is considered a corneal expert and delivers tertiary care-level services for the most complex cases.

Since 2012 he has traveled to Honduras annually to perform corneal transplants, bringing corneas from the United States and donating his time and surgical skills to the underprivileged.

Dr. Knauf is an accomplished pianist and enjoys fishing and boating. He is also a sports enthusiast, supporting Gator football and basketball, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning.

Fellowship – Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Residency – Ophthalmology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Internship – Internal Medicine, Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Medical School – Doctor of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Undergraduate Education  Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Cornea and External Disease

Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Florida Society of Ophthalmology

Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society

Annual Medical Mission Trips – Performed over 100 corneal transplants in developing nations

Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida School of Medicine

Clinical Investigator – Clinical Research of West Florida, Inc.

Medical Safety Monitor – National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute Study