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Harry S. Geggel, MD
Harry S. Geggel, MD
Would recommend provider
4.6 out of 5 stars

167 Patient Ratings

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Eye Care (Ophthalmology and Optometry)

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-6600

Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cornea & Eye Disease, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Board Certifications
American Board of Ophthalmology, 1983

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1984

Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.

Would recommend provider
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.5 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.5 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.5 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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May 2017
Very good care over several years.

April 2017
Dr Geggel and his staff are competent, thoughtful, and thorough.

April 2017
Dr.Geggel is the best! I have total confidence in him!

March 2017
The best doctor anyone patient can have - GREAT!

February 2017
Very cold & distant - had to work hard to connect with him - I wouldn´t want to call him w/a questions or if I had an emergency - he seemed like he could have cared less. 7. Barely talked to me at all.

January 2017
I have been delighted with the care I have received from Dr Geggel. I went to him for a second opinion following examination by another highly recommended cornea specialist. I immediately recognized Dr. Geggel to be far superior in all ways. I was extremely fortunate to find him!

January 2017
Dr Geggel is the best

December 2016
Excellent care, very professional.

December 2016
The doctor noticed something was concerning about my retina and he immediately walked me to a physician that specializes in retinas.

December 2016
Always a very good experience!

November 2016

October 2016
Very competent

October 2016
Dr. Geggel and his staff are great.

October 2016
had a bad experience with my eye screening for opthmaology a month ago. Dr was very dismissive and condescending. i finally had to tell him that unless he explained what he was doing BEFORE he did it, it wasn´t going to get done. will never go back to him again. Jillian Worth (GP) & Jeffrey Carlin (Rheum) are both awesome.

October 2016
Dr. didn´t specify whether "readers" are prescription or OTC. I bought them at Walgreens and I am very happy.

September 2016
This doctor is tops - but he is very quiet.

August 2016
Most of my care is at different facilities. I use VM because I think very highly of Dr. Geggel.

August 2016
i did not feel my concerns about potential pain were of concern. There was no pain, but I needed not to feel dismissed about concern for it.

August 2016
Dr. Geggel is not warm and fuzzy in his approach. At times he does not seem to relate to the fact that eye procedures are quite frightening. He shows little sensitivity. However, I am confident that he is a skilled practitioner.

August 2016
Very competent. Professional manner. seemed in a bit of a rush as he was running an hour late. would have liked a few more minutes to process questions.

August 2016
As I very worried & uncomfortable when I saw Dr. Geggel, I was quite satisfied with his full attention & explanations of my problem & treatment.

July 2016
Excellent care received.

July 2016
Although he seemed to be running late, Dr. Geggel didn´t make me feel rushed at all; he made sure my questions were answered. He gave me the impression of being thorough and cautious, since he decided to double check with another specialist to get more information before scheduling my procedure, which is exactly what I want from a doctor.

July 2016
Dr. Geggel has been my opthamologist for 15 yr.

July 2016
Excellent care provided by Dr. Geggel.

June 2016
Where Dr. Geggel is concerned I would say excellent rather than ´very good´ I hope he is always there for my care.

June 2016
Dr. Geggel is the best. Professional, smart, caring.

June 2016
Dr. Geggel is extremely good at his job, and he tried to be friendly by asking questions, but I didn´t feel listened to. I have a number of issues with my eye, but I felt like he was only focused on one and didn´t hear my concerns.

May 2016
Dr. Geggel is outstanding.

May 2016
I will always recommend the care of my provider to family and friends for outstanding service.

May 2016
dr. Geggel rocks.

May 2016
Not friendly. Doesn´t want to answer questions.

April 2016
Very nice doc - extremely competent/reassuring.

April 2016
Dr. Geggel knows his staff! His staff is skilled at their jobs!

April 2016
My Alaska connections will hear about this Dr. safety & cleanliness routines followed. - I watch. #5. Demonstrated. #9. Outstanding - Knowledgeable thorough.

April 2016
Dr. Geggel is the kindest & so efficient doctor and has saved my eye. Bless him.

March 2016
Dr. Geggel clearly knows his stuff, but I felt that he did not give my medical issue the attention it deserves. While my medical issue may not be a big deal in terms of my health or present a complex scenario to the doctor, it is a big deal to me and I felt dismissed by the doctor´s limited concern for the issue.

March 2016
Experience was satisfactory. Dr. just very reserved & business like.

February 2016
Dr Geggel is a highly gifted surgeon who replaced both of my cataracts; he was caring, thorough, professional and explained what to expect in great detail.

January 2016
Doctor removed the Foreign Body from my eye in roughly 30 seconds in a pain free and expert manner. Couldn´t be more happy with the treatment or the results.

January 2016
I have absolute confidence in this provider.

January 2016
Great doctor - I am sure glad I came to Dr. Harry Geggel on my eyes. His knowledge is outstanding and he put me at ease on my upcoming cataract surgery.

November 2015

November 2015
dr geggel is the best

November 2015
dr geggle is the best great provider sometimes gets behind in his schedule so i always book early in the day

November 2015
Dr. Geggel and his staff are the best I could imagine ever receiving health care from for my ophthalmology needs.

October 2015
Dr. Harry Geggel is top of the line. I´m very grateful I have him as my doctor.

July 2015
Dr. Geggel diagnosed and is now overseeing a very rare eye infection I contracted. I´m extremely impressed by and appreciative of his expertise and care.

June 2015
Very patient.

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Areas(s) of Expertise

Cataract surgery: Over 10,000 procedures performed; foldable implants, no-stitch technique; monofocal, multifocal and toric intraocular lenses depending on patient testing and patient preference. Cornea transplant: Over 1,000 performed. New DSAEK corneal transplant technique available.

Special Interest(s)
Corneal transplantation (DSAEK, DALK, PKP), Cataract surgery - no stitch, no injection, no patch

MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, 1978
Undergraduate, Princeton University, N.J., 1974

Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982

Cornea (two-year fellowship), Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1984

Personal Information
Dr. Geggel and his wife have two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and skiing.

On Patients
"My main thrill with ophthalmology is that you get such positive feedback so quickly from patients. I like to talk to patients, not hurrying them through the door. Fully educated patients are the best patients, and we try to provide the education."

On Specialty
"I really enjoy Virginia Mason, because you can have a basic clinical practice and still work on research. I view myself as an academic ophthalmologist and enjoy giving regional and national lectures on my clinical and basic research projects each year."

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by both Seattle Metropolitan (2007-2011, 2013, 2015) and Seattle Magazine (2000, 2005-2009, 2011-14).
  • Section Head of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center - appointed July, 2003
  • Developed novel surgical instruments and surgical techniques for cataract surgery and corneal transplant surgery

Curriculum Vitae
Harry S. Geggel, MD - Curriculum Vitae

Recent Journal Articles and Abstracts

  • Intraocular lens power adjustment after myopic excimer laser surgery: validation studies for Geggel ratio and consensus group
  • Technique to minimize asymmetric suture placement during penetrating keratoplasty
  • Arcuate relaxing incisions guided by corneal topography for postkeratoplasty astigmatism
  • Treatment of lost flaps and slipped flaps
  • Pachymetric ratio no-history method for intraocular lens power adjustment
  • Intraocular lens power selection after radial keratotomy: topography, manual, and IOLMaster keratometry results using Haigis formulas.
  • Links to Other Sites

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology