Brian E. Nichols, MD PHD

Brian E. Nichols, MD, PhD, joined Boulder Eye Surgeons as an Ophthalmologist in 2000. He completed his undergraduate degree with the highest distinction at the University of Iowa. He went on to medical school at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with an M.D. and also received a Ph.D. from the graduate college in genetics. Following medical school, Dr. Nichols completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Iowa. He completed his formal training with a three-year Ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa. After his residency, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Opthalmology at the University of Iowa. A Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Nichols has specialties in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus along with cataract surgery.  He has published multiple articles on genetics in relation to diseases of the eye. He also holds a patent for a device and process for Staining Electrophoretic Gels.

Education & Medical Training

  • The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology, Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, July 1999-July 2000
  • The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology, Residency, July 1996-July 1999
  • The University of Iowa Department of Internal Medicine, Internship, July 1995-July 1996
  • The University of Iowa College of Medicine, M.D., May 1995
  • The University of Iowa Graduate College, Department of Genetics, Ph.D., May 1995

Honors & Awards

  • Dean’s and President’s List 1985-1988
  • Graduation with Highest Distinction, University of Iowa, December, 1990
  • Second place oral presentation, Midwest Medical Student Research Forum, February, 1990
  • Graduate Fellow, National Science Foundation, 1991-1994
  • Hansjoerg Kolder Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology, 1995
  • Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize, 1998
  • Thomas Heed Fellowship in Ophthalmology, 1999
  • P.J. Leinfelder Award for Research in Ophthalmology, 2000

Academic Societies

  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, Colorado Ophthalmologic Society
  • Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Member, Boulder Medical Society

Medical Licensure & Certifications

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • State of Colorado Board of Medical Examiners

Hospital Affiliations

  • Avista Adventist Hospital, Louisville, CO
  • Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, CO


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