Dr Silkiss is an ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive and orbital surgeon. She is one of a small group of surgeons specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the upper third of the face, specifically the complex area around the eyes.
Dr Silkiss graduated with honors from the prestigious Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. She then trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Rona followed the completion of her pediatric residency with an ophthalmology residency and an oculofacial plastic fellowship at the University of California, Jules Stein Eye Institute which she completed in 1987.
Dr Silkiss is US board certified in Ophthalmology and Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. Additionally Dr Silkiss is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons as well as the Australia New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. The Medical Council of New Zealand has granted full vocational licensure to Dr Silkiss.
In the US, Dr Silkiss is Chief of Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. She an active teacher and researcher with many peer reviewed publications.
Rona and her husband, Neil Jacobstein, a technology executive, have lived part time in New Zealand for over a decade. Dr Silkiss consults at our Queenstown clinic.