Dr Sanislo has over 20 years of experience in clinical and surgical practice in retinal and vitreoretinal diseases. He is the senior vitreoretinal surgeon at Stanford and maintains a large clinical practice as well as teaching ophthalmology residents and retina fellows. He also participates in clincal reasearch for varying retinal conditions. Dr. Sanislo recieved ophthalmology training as a resident here at Stanford, and recieved vitreoretinal training as a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Research interests include treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases.

Dr. Sanislo has extensive clinical and surgical experience in the following diseases:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Posterior uveitis / infectious and inflammatory disease of the posterior segment
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Myopic degeneration / pathologic myopia
- Macular pucker / epiretinal membranes
- Macular hole
- Repair of simple and complex retinal detachments
- Macular edema
- Retinal vascular occlusion

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (1992) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Ophthalmology Residency (1996) CA
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation Fellowships (1988) OH
  • Medical Education: University of Michigan GME Training Verifications (1991) MI
  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology (1998)


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Practice Locations

Retinal and Macular Diseases Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-6995

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Byers Eye Institute Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-6995

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I have every confidence in the doctor.
Based on Dr. capability and medical helpers, exclusively. Certainly not based on front office.
I always am happy to recommend Stanford Medical
I would recommend Byer’s to everyone I know.
Dr Sanislo is an amazing surgery. My hmo retina specialist recommended a treatment that would have required me to miss work for 3 months. Dr Sanislo cured my condition with an operation that had me back to work in 10 days. I had no complications and am grateful to have Dr Sanislo as my doctor.
I spent more time waiting to be seen (Dr Sanislo) than the time the doctor spent with me. He seemed in a rush and was more focused on scribing the medical notes than discussing the issue
Dr. Sanislo is the full package: exceptionally competent, professional and caring.
Very good
Dr.Sanislo constantly improves his technique on how to do the eye injection to try and minimize the anxiety and pain. Much appreciated.
All went fine.
All went well
good experience
I see Dr. Sanislo and I am very happy with him and his team (Vera, Chystine).
Excellent care
Dr. Sanislo has been my Ophthalmologist for six years. We have a very good doctor / patient relationship.
Excellent responses from all staff members, always helpful, and concerned.
as usual. Exelant knowledge and explanation.
Sanislo takes good care of me.
Dr. Sanislo is great.
I am blessed and so lucky o have Dr. Sanislo as my Doctor. Not only he is the best physician in his field, he is kind and caring. I am in good hands
Go Stanford Go....
So thorough. Does not make me feel like he's rushing through my appointment. Always has time for any questions and is extremely patient, thoughtful and thorough. I am extremely confident in the care I receive. A++++++
good experience
I will recommend Dr Sanislo because he's very knowledgeable and pay attention to his patient,but everyone else no.Thank you to Dr Sanislo.
Sanislo & Vera take good care of me. I am completely satisfied.
I've always appreciated the fact that I have Dr. Sanislo as my "eye doctor". He is an excellent physician and I feel I'm in the best care available, that's why I drive 53 miles to see him.
Dr Stanislo is the absolute best! So polite and pleasant. He's warm and friendly without being the least bit smarmy. I trust him implicitly about my sight. As an added bonus, a sly sense of humor!
I will come back for my cataract surgery
Provider is fantastic! Very friendly and always takes time to answer questions I might have.
good experience
Dr. Sanislo and assistant Vera were both excellent this visit.
Quality Service
The doctor directed most of his conversation to the resident doctor. The visit summary was not ready when I departed. At home I see items on the summary I was not told.
The doctor paid nearly all of his attention to the Resident doctor. He never summarized the visit-I was surprised to read what was I the after visit summary
I have always had the best care from Dr. Sanislo and his staff at the Byers Eye Clinic
Awesome !
Dr. Sanislo is always very careful about read the record and discuss with me about the decision
Dr.Sanislo was excellent this session on all factors!
All great and AWESOME Doctor!
I was extremely happy with the knowledge and professionalism. Nice to have a great medicial staff.
Very concerned and informative.
very attentive to me n my concerns also very quick on actions to better my health.
Dr Sanislo is a fantastic technician whose injections in my eyes have kept me from going blind!
Always excellent.
Showed very little concern, care, courtesy. Very rushed. Poor bedside manner. Did not review patient information prior to examination. Did not give time to answer questions.
my visit was extremely short and perfunctory but I almost don't care because the surgery saved my eyesight for which I am most grateful.
We spent a lot of time waiting for the Doctor for less than 5 minutes of his time. I appreciate that Stanford provides high level of care but it would help if the physician spends a little more than 5 min reviewing the changes in my condition and providing more detail about any changes which occurred since my last visit.
everyone at the clinic showed much care for me.
The care provided by Dr. Sanislo was professional, thorough, and confidence inspiring. He showed empathy for my concerns and was efficient without making me feel rushed. I would absolutely see him again should the need arise and would highly recommend him
He is an excellent doctor. I trust him.
Excellent care by provider and assistant!!! I have complete confidence! Will take time to answer any questions.
Provided all the time I needed No rushing. Would highly recommend.
everyone was great thank you!!!
The Best
Dr. Stanislo is an excellent doctor. Attentive, sympathetic and above all a superb professional he offers the cutting edge knowledge in the field. Dt. Stanislo went over the data from my tests allowing me to watch screen with him and explaining in an accessible manner my health issue and how to proceed. I felt reassured and grateful. Importantly, expensive interventions were avoided.
This doctor does not show any care to me.
The visit with Dr. Stanislo was excellent, as an example of medical practice and patient care
The clinic is the best I have been.! I would not hesitate to give my best recommendations!
Dr Sanislo and Vera are the best. I have the utmost confidence in them
very very efficient, knowledgeable retina specialist
lack of compassionate care, hurried
Superb. For the first time, I have hope that my problem will receive a solution.
Extremely brief time with the doctor. He seemed very rushed.
seemed hurried and businesslike
I have full faith in my doctor. I trust him!
I really loved this doctor. it was the best experience I've ever had with the eye shots I been getting for five years. l'm just in California for a temporary job and needed to get another shot since I was past due for one. This was the first time that I didn't have a reaction after the shot. I wish I could take him back home when I leave in November.
Outstanding physician and staff!
I love Dr. Sanislo and Vera for how and who they are and for everything they do for me!
Drs. is very skilled and careful fully involves patient in decision and risks.
This was my second visit and Dr. Sanislo made my wife and I feel at ease explaining every detail of my eye photos to understand my progress with the new treatment program. Most importantly he tuook into consideration our opinions .We believe part of every health condition is the effect of the stress level..... Dr. S helps to calm you .
the doctor appeared rushed
dr sanislo is clinically excellent
Dr. Sanislo looks like he is rushing off to the moon or to catch a flight to the outer space. He is usually very late, and he would come in and spend about 5 - 10 minutes the most with the patient, and he does not show any caring for patients. He gives me an impression that he does NOT CARE!
I enjoy Dr. Sanislo; we get along well and he has taken good care of me!
Dr Sanisli always takes time to help me cope
Very good doctor.
over all good experienced in the doctor's practice.
Dr. Sanislo was excellent with the extensive time given to explain in layman terms my retina eye condition, treatment opitons and in doctor patient relations.
very happy with the Dr. visit .
well done! very professional!
I will recommend Dr. Sanislo to everyone that needs eye care.
Truly the best care we have ever received for many years.
very good
Dr. Stanislo is in my eyes ,literally speaking,the best by far.
I can say that I maybe was seen a total of 5 minutes. The nurse and doctor were rushed. I haven't had that happen in the 16 years seeing Dr. Sanislo.
I have been returning to Dr. Sanislo for a few years now (since he restored my vision by photo-dynamic treatment procedure). Will continue.
Dr. Steven Sanislo has the bedside manner of an angry shoe - combative, dismissive, short, uninterested. Even if he's the best doctor around, I would never go back to him.
DR. Sanislo is very nice and very clear explained my case . He discussed with me about the treatment. Probably he will need more time to analysis the reasons of the improvment during past time. He was very busy. Anyway I feel satisfied for the service..
Always enjoy Dr. Sanislo's honest responses to my concerns...Feel I can tell him anything or ask him anything...
the best.
Dr. Sanislo is highly skilled, efficient, and knows my eye history; chatty, he's not, but that's okay.
He seems more rush than in past visits, but overall he is efficient and I feel I'm receiving good care.
Dr. Sanislo is an excellent doctor. I would never consider changing and he's been my eye doctor since 2007?
Obvious that doctor is rushed.
Dr. Sanislo is great. He is patient with my questions, has a good sense of humor and is warm and welcoming.
Dr Sanislo and his team is exceptional
I trust Dr. Sanisol He is patient and friendly. (Big thing for me to trust a Dr.) I know he will do the best job for me.
positive and productive visit
super doctor. I feel very fortunate to have been seen by him.
V. good.
I was satisfied with the care given to me.
Very good -
I am so fortunate to have access to this superior medical treatment.
I felt like the doctor was in a rush
An excellent clinic.
Dr Kirthi A. was wonderful- she listened, problem solved, recommended her treatments- I felt like I was part of her family. She is concerned, compassionate, knowledgeable; she is genuine; I am was very satisfied with my care!
The best most concerned doctor I've ever had.
Dr. Sanislo showed me pictures of results of retinal scans (graphics of eye interior,explained components of pictures and how they relate to my visual impairment.His explanation showed why my upcoming surgery is necessary.
Dr. Sanislo saved my sight and has continued to treat me in the highest professional manner. A credit to Stanford!
I feel that the care providers at Stanford are the most competent anywhere. Always showing concern and care in treating my condition
Sanislo takes good care of me.
Dr always spends the time I need to make sure all questions are answered
Sanislo takes good care of me!
I'm so glad I made the change to Stanford versus having the procedure at Sutter in Sacramento. I am currently a patient of Stanford ( last 14 years) and Dr. Sanislo is a great surgeon and I felt confident going in for what I felt was a scary procedure.
Follow-up points on post-op vision, reading glasses not clear and not very helpful. Would have liked to discuss a little more, experience, etc. Technically operation on left eye seems excellent.
Dr. Sanislo is the best! He has saved my vision 5 times in the last 9 months from the complications of viral-induced ARN. I have complete confidence in his abilities. His technician Vera is excellent too. I enjoy working with both of them on managing this health issue.
I have had all of my questions answered, and I feel well informed.
I am very satisfied with the service Sanislo provides.
I like and trust the MD. the fellow working with the MD could work on his communication as it was very brief and left me unclear about next steps.
Very "mechanical"
I love Dr. Sanislo!
Very good doctor. He is always concern about my problem.
Dr. Sanislo is caring and also takes good care ofme.
Any time we can put off surgery is a good experience.
he seemed very busy
Good experience.
Dr. Sanislo is taking care of my eyes since 1999.
All good
Again, extremely professional. Did not feel rushed in the slightest unlike my home doctor. Explained issues in English and made me comfortable with resolution.
He was an excellent doctor and I am lucky to have him
I appreciate Dr. Sanislo's seeing me on such short notice
Always have concerned response from Dr. Sanislo and his team...would highly recommend.
Excellent rapport with patient and putting at ease. Confident feelings of professional competency.
very good
i always appreciate the extra time Dr. Sanislo provides me. He is very patient with my processing ability and my hearing difficulties
Although Dr. Sanislo is a very busy guy, he's always patient with me and answers my questions. I appreciate that very much.
excellent kind doctor
I have recommended the doctor on several occasions.
Provider and nurse so good that I don't need envy Chan He's! Thank you !
outstanding and friendly clinician !!!
I feel very comfortable in Dr. Sanislo's care.
Definitely will recommend my friends and family
Dr. Sanislo and his assistant stayed late and worked until 6:15 p.m. in order to complete all the necessary exams and arrived at a thorough diagnosis. I could feel their compassion and caring and their efforts to provide me proper and effective treatment.
Besides exuding competence and confidence, Dr. Sanislo is excellent at making me feel safe under his care.
Dr. Sanislo is an excellent dr. He listens to questions & explains any concerns.
No medications involved. Dr. Sanislo inspires a very high level of confidence and trust. I feel I'm seeing the best specialist in the country for my issue. Dr. Sanislo took all the time needed to examine the eye, have tests performed, explain to me his findings and diagnosis, and answer all my questions about the prognosis and recommended treatment options.
Dr. Sanislo is a great doctor and a wonderful person.
Dr. Sanislo always appears to be in a rush.
very good experience
Did my LASIK in Standford with Dr. Manche and was very happy with the results and recurring back to Standford Eye Institute on my problem that I have now.
Very pleasant service the best, friendly attention to patient.
great doctor
Never had a bad experience.
Dr. Sanislo expects the patient to be informed and on the ball.
Dr. Sanislo saved me from AMD blindness.
Doctor new to me and appeared to be "rushing" through the day - holding my breath that he is as good as Dr. Jack!
Dr Sanislo is an excellent doctor
Dr. Sanislo seemed rushed during my appointment.
Excellent and very kind
Dr. Sanislo is GREAT! He has done surgery on my eyes several times and I have complete confidence in him.
fully satisfied by the service and confident in the medical team abilities and guidance.
I am pleased with the service I receive.
As I mentioned previously, I could not have had bette care than I received from Dr. Greven and Dr. Sanislo...
very good
He speaks quickly and it is not easy to get in a question. However, I believe patients are supposed to be informed about the basics of their condition via internet, so I think this is okay. Considering the time he had to spend with me he did very well covering all subjects/questions very well.
Dr. Sanislo is fantastic. Highly recommended.
I came with one problem and found out it was related to a different problem. I would have appreciated discussion about my original question. Otherwise, treatment was handled well.
very good
All experience very good.
I had 3 different care providers exam my eyes. I felt I received a thorough examination. All good.
Dr Sanislo is very helpful and professional. I trust him with my vision.
Excellent Retina Specialist
Dr. Sanislo was incredibly patient regarding my issues with him touching my eye and was so reassuring that eventually I was able to relax enough for him to get the glaucoma reading, which was great.
The physician is wonderful.
Dr. Sanislo is top flight. I am glad he is my eye doctor.
Dr. Sanislo was excellent as was the fellow who saw me before he came in. Forgot her name but a 2nd year female fellow.
My first visit at the eye institute and I am so impressed with the facilities and the doctors, nurses and front desk staff working there.
I have a Great Doxtor
dr sanislo is wonderful.
Dr. Sanislo is an excellent provider. Stanford Health Care is very fortunate to have him as an employee.
I would recommend Stanford to others with my condition.
very good experience
Dr Kim was very patience in explaining to us the situation and options in the treatment of my mother.
The doctor was really exceptional!!!
Although dr. is reserved interpersonally, that's not why I would choose him. Pragmatically I just care that he is a very good doctor - which I think he is. Personality less important to me than it might be to others.
Dr. Sanislo is new to me, he is SO busy, he doesn't seem to do anything but give me a shot & leave. No info. about the status of my disease. No questions are encouraged. He is in a hurry and wants to get it done w/o any talk that might give him more info about me.
Again my thanks to Dr. Sanislo & his team!
I want more information about the details of my surgery and what I can expect in the future. I would like to be informed and talked to like the intelligent human being that I am. In both my post-op visits I felt as if information was withheld or only begrudgingly and condescendingly shared. I did not feel respected.
Rushed through explanation and options, but actual treatment was excellent.
Dr Smith, David ( anesthesia) were very professional, informative and reassuring. Dr Sanislo is great. my eye is in great shape and I look forward to having the other done. He instilled a lot of confidence with his alacrity and professionalism.
Even with doctor running late - did a get job spending time & not rushing things.
Dr. Sanislo is great!
Both my husband and I decided to have the same retinal specialist, Dr. Sanislo. We're very pleased with his professionalism, the time he spent explaining things to us, and his demeanor.
I will recommend Dr. Sanislo (principally), Dr. Leung and Dr. Leng, Dr. Gravin, Dr. Schacker, Dr. Smith and one more whose name I did not get (all of whom had a look at me at some point throughout my difficult problems there) to anybody. I have never had a better medical experience and appreciate their very skilful and excellent care.
I developed an eye condition Friday night and Dr. Stephen Smith contacted and offer to see me emergently if necessary. I greatly appreciate his care and prompt response
I have complete faith in Dr. Sanislo. I do suspect he is a little frustrated with my case as it appears to be unpredictable and difficult to diagnose exactly what is going on.
I have already recommended Dr. Sanislo & she was thrilled with him. I would NOT have another doctor.
I felt that the provider rushed through the appointment when I finally met with him after all of the preliminary eye test for my diabetes. I felt that he was not listening to me when I was informing him of my historic test related. to my diabetes and felt cut off everytime. His nurse was awesome and seemed more engaged than the provider. it was my first time in this clinic and first time with Stanford.
Dr. Sanislo is excellent. Responsive, caring with good follow-up.
Have already recommended Dr. Sanislo to a friend. & she seems thrilled with her care & thoroughness.
Strong on surgery; a bit weak in inter-personal
Dr. Sanislo is GREAT!
There were two doctors in the exam room, one being a fellow. They discussed issues between themselves without including me in the discussion. I had to ask for an explanation. I was also advised to take an over-the-counter vitamin and the name and dosage was not written down and given to me. It was only given orally.
Dr Sanislo and all associates have been excellent
Dr. spent about 10 min. total with me. Perhaps this is standard??
Dr. Sanislo is very concerned about my worries for my condition and liver and all the explanation for medications and follow up and I have confidence in him.
Dr. Sanislo and his staff have improved my quality box life by performing operations on my cataracts and have kept me seeing longer through ocular injections for at least five years. I am truly grateful.
Both Dr. Sanislo, and Fellow, Dr Margaret Greven are very professional, thorough, and friendly, in examining my eyes. They both took great care to find out if there was any immediate emergency of my health. Thank them for their time and care provided to me.
I was able to book a same day appointment with my care provider because I had an urgent problem.
I'm impressed with Dr. Sanislo courtesy he is concerned about my worries and answered all my questions.
I have had excellent care by this provider and have tremendous confidence in his ability.
Dr. Sanislo's recommendations and treatment has resulted in preserving my vision for years! He has shared his decision making process with me throughout the time.
Excellent Doctor....Hey I trust him with my eyes and Im a biologist, and need them to work and observe Gods green earth.
As stated before, I had a great experience. I was treated by true professionals and I have confidence in the whole process. I might add that being seen on time is a welcome change to what I had grown accustomed to receiving.
Felt left out of the discussions going on between the medical staff. I was confused about prescriptions, next steps.
Dr. Sanislo is a world class surgeon and I have absolute confidence in him. My eyes are in excellent health because of his expertise and care and that of his team. He has gone out of his way to schedule me in for surgeries and exams when he had little time and I am very grateful for this. One recommendation for improvement...He has let me know that I am sometimes too concerned and call his office more than I may need to. As I have had significant issues with my eyes, I am unable to quell concerns on my own and need to ask questions when issues arise. I would feel better if I had his support when I feel I need to visit his team. It would make for a less anxious experience.
excellent experience I would recommend Dr Sanislo to others
I felt the doctor was rushed during this visit, but it was clear he really knows what he is doing...I am going to switch to him as my primary retinal doctor
Dr. Sanislo is a great doctor and also a wonderful kind person. Great sense of humor!
The provider was excellent, and showed genuine care for me.
Was rushed for time. I felt I had to interrupt to ask a question. Recommendation of intern and professor did not agree and I had no chance to discuss this. Overall I have confidence, but I wonder if there would be a rush in the OP, also?
Everything was perfect.
Dr. Sanislo is outstanding. Stanford is lucky to have him!
Dr. Sanislo's exam rooms are set up so that his back faces me when he uses the computer. In other offices the rooms are set up so the physician can face the patient while using the computer. This enables the physician to interact with the patient while entering data.
He took time to help us find a retinologist when we move later this month.
I feel Dr. Sanisio is a friend and a concerned, caring doctor.
The friendliness the efforts of provided and staff members help the patient to think we are in a same family - Thank you -
Very good services.
I have great confidence in Dr. Sanislo's knowledge and skill.

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