Improving Vision. Improving Life.

Dr. Howard Amiel

Dr. Amiel is a cataract, cornea, and refractive surgeon based out of our Arvada location. Howard Amiel earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science from The Chicago Medical School, in North Chicago. He then completed a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. After an internship here in Denver, he completed a residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, eventually becoming a faculty member mentoring students and Ophthalmology residents in the emergency room, operating room, and clinics. Dr. Amiel then went on to complete two fellowships, one in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and another fellowship in Refractive and Cataract surgery with Dr. Paul Koch of Warwick, Rhode Island.

Dr. Amiel specializes in cataract surgery, corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK and advanced dry eye. His interests include advanced IOL technology and laser assisted cataract surgery. He is well respected in the Denver Metro area having improved the vision of thousands. He has written numerous articles on corneal, cataract and refractive surgery in national ophthalmic publications. Dr. Amiel has refereed and reviewed peer submissions for ophthalmic publications and lectures locally, nationally, and internationally, and has volunteered in multiple international medical relief campaigns.

Dr. Amiel enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor opportunities like running the trails, snowboarding and mountain biking.


2007 The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,

Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship

2006 Koch Eye Associates/Dr. Paul S. Koch, Warwick, Rhode Island,

Cataract and Refractive Surgery Fellowship

2005 Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, Ophthalmology Residency

2002 Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denver, Colorado Transitional Internship

2001 The University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois Doctor of Medicine

1997 The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois Master of Science, Applied Physiology

1995 The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology - Cornea Society

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery - Denver Medical Society

International Society of Refractive Surgery - Colorado Medical Society


Gloria Arndt Award, The University of Illinois College of Medicine, Monetary award, elected by classmates “to the student who best demonstrates kindness, compassion, and altruism”

American College of Surgeons Medical Student Award, The University of Illinois College of Medicine

Elected by the UIC Department of Surgery to represent site at a national conference.