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J. Ryan Brewer, D.O.

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Dr. J. Ryan Brewer's Bio and Credentials

Dr. J. Ryan Brewer, D.O. is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Brewer is a fast-riser in the world of ophthalmology and is one of the highest volume LASIK surgeons in Austin and San Antonio. In addition to his role as Medical Director of LasikPlus Austin and LasikPlus San Antonio, Dr. Brewer is Chief of Ophthalmology at Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center, STVHCS and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he is responsible for the training of resident doctors in performing eye surgery.  In 2019, he was presented with UT Health’s “Excellence in Teaching Award” for his work in resident surgical education. Dr. Brewer also serves as an Associate Professor at the Department of Defense with The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC).

Dr. Brewer began his LASIK training in the Air Force, completing his residency training at SAUSHEC, one of the nation’s premier ophthalmology residency programs located in San Antonio, TX.  While serving as an active duty Flight Surgeon, Dr. Brewer flew many hours in high-performance fighter jets including the F-16 and T-38 airframes. He applied this knowledge to his patients, many of them pilots, utilizing military-grade LASIK to ensure mission-readiness for our Nation’s elite warriors.  As a section chief in Ophthalmology, he performed thousands of refractive surgeries while refining his military facility’s LASIK techniques to reduce risk and enhance visual outcomes.  In 2017, Dr. Brewer deployed to the war in Afghanistan, operating as the U.S. Military and NATO exclusive Eye Surgeon in theatre.  As part of the head and neck trauma surgical team, Dr. Brewer performed many surgeries and procedures in support of our U.S. service members and NATO allies.

Dr. Brewer has always fostered a keen interest in education and has served as a professor of medicine at 5 different medical schools.   He continues to give lectures and educational opportunities to eye care professionals at local and national events.  In his free time, Dr. Brewer enjoys spending time with his wife and children, exercising, running and exploring all the outdoor wonders that Austin, San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country have to offer.

“My LASIK philosophy centers around the patient and their individual needs and concerns. Our team provides an environment of comfort and understanding while having fun with what we’ve been entrusted to do. It’s AMAZING to see patients so overwhelmed by FINALLY being able to see without glasses or contacts for the first time in their lives.”  J. Ryan Brewer, D.O

Dr. Brewer's Education

  • Touro University, D.O.
  • Baylor University, B.S.
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Surgery, PGY-1
  • San Antonio Military Medical Center, Ophthalmology Residency

Additional Certifications, Affiliations, & Memberships

  • Chief of Ophthalmology, STVHCS
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
  • Associate Professor, Department of Defense, SAUSHEC
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Bexar County Medical Society
  • 40 under 40 award recipient - San Antonio Business Journal 2020
  • UT Health Excellence in Teaching award recipient 2019
  • U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal recipient 2017
  • U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal recipient 2014

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