Improving Vision. Improving Life.

Dr. Carl Tubbs, MD

Dr. Carl Tubbs is a native of Washington State. He completed his medical training in Seattle, and then studied Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota before finally completing a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Virginia in 1993. On completing training, he and his wife Christine moved to Stillwater, MN where they lived for 20 years while raising two wonderful boys. Eventually, family commitments and new opportunity brought them back west to Denver, returning to the mountain country that they both love.

An early adapter of technology, Dr. Tubbs has been active in glaucoma and lens implant research, and has learned and applied new skills such as novel microsurgery for glaucoma, injectable medications to lower eye pressure, new devices for measuring and managing glaucoma, and the utilization of cataract technologies including wave-front aberrometry (ORA and Verion) and laser cataract surgery (LenSx). Dr. Tubbs performs laser vitreolysis to break up and vaporize floaters. In addition, he is involved with writing medical device draft standards for ANSI (the American National Standards Institute), and also chairs the Medical Devices Division of Z80. Internationally, he serves as a Technical Advisory Expert (TAG member), helping to represent U.S. interests and opinions within the International Standards Organization (ISO) arena. Through the ISO, the safety and effectiveness of intraocular lens implants can be managed on an international level.

When not working, Dr. Tubbs is active with hiking, gardening, skiing and bicycling, and loves exploring the Denver environment with family. When the sky allows, he continues to enjoy astrophotography, imaging distant stars and other deep space objects as well as the planets, and learning about backyard astronomy and science. Teaching still remains important; he has instructed surgical techniques and glaucoma care to residents at the VA Medical Center over the past 2 decades, and continues to enjoy working with patients and other doctors in order to promote lifelong learning.



1992 – 1993 University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Virginia


1989 – 1992 Ophthalmology: University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN

1988 – 1989 Medical- Surgical Internship: Virginia Mason Hospital- Seattle, WA


1988 University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle, Washington
Graduation with High Honors
Research Thesis


Diplomat NBME – 1989
Diplomat American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) May 1994
Recertification in 2004 and 2014

Professional Affiliations

Member- American Medical Association (AMA)
Fellow- American Glaucoma Society (AGS)
Member- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
AAO Representative to ANSI and ISO
Member- American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Chairman of ANSI Subcommittee Z80 SC4 (Implantable Ophthalmic Medical Devices) Fall 2009 – Present
Member- International Standards Organization (ISO)
US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Expert to TC172/SC7/WG7
Project leader for various lens implant and other ocular draft document revisions
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of MN
Minneapolis, MN 1993 – 2014
Glaucoma Consultant, VAMC (VA Medical Center)
Minneapolis MN 1993 – 2014