Thomas Gillette, MD

Dr. Gillette specializes in diseases and surgery of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye. He was born in Cortland, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following internship, Dr. Gillette served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Service from 1974 to 1976.

Dr. Gillette completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at New York University and a fellowship in Ocular Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gillette then moved to Seattle, Washington where he conducted research on the immunology of corneal transplantation, and joined Eye Associates Northwest in 1989.

Dr. Gillette has served as President of the Washington State Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Program Director of the Academy’s Annual Meeting, and as a Board Trustee. He has also served as President of the Medical Staff at Cabrini Hospital in 1990 and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Swedish Medical Center from 2005 to 2009.

Dr. Gillette specializes in corneal transplantation, DSAEK, complex cataract surgery, and ophthalmic consultation.

Dr. Gillette has worked with international efforts to reduce blindness in Turkey, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Borneo.

Dr. Gillette is also a SightLife Global Partner. From its center in Seattle, SightLife has one of the largest cornea eye banks in the world, recognized internationally for its consistent commitment to quality and safety. Not only does SightLife provide the corneas Dr. Gillette uses in surgery, SightLife’s ambitious mission includes eliminating corneal blindness worldwide. SightLife has ongoing projects in the countries where 90% of the world’s population of blind people with corneal disease live. Go to to learn more about how SightLife and Dr. Gillette are making a difference.


Ocular Immunology, Harvard Medical School, 1978-1979
Heed Fellow Cornea & External Disease, Swedish Medical Center, 1980-1981


Washington Eye Center in Washington, D.C. 1976-1978
Senior Residency, New York University, 1979-1980


State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 1973
Lt. Commander; U.S. Public Health Service 1974-76


Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (Legislative Chair – 1988; President – 1989; Annual Meeting Program Chair – 2003-2007)
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group
Aspen Corneal Society
International Corneal Society
Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
International Society of Refractive Surgeons


American Board of Ophthalmology, 1980
National Board of Medical Examiners, 1974


Ballard, Seattle

Patient Testimonials:

“Dr Gillette saved my eye; I got my vision back because of his expertise and I always appreciate what he has done for me.”
“I’m always glad to see Dr. Gillette and so grateful that he gave me back my vision in my left eye.”
“Very cheerful, professional and accommodating! Dr Gillette is an exceptional surgeon and I trust him, explicitly!”
“I think Thomas Gillette really cares about my eye health and is doing everything in his power to help my vision improve. It has been a long and arduous journey. I am grateful he has persisted in helping me through this. I trust he is doing everything possible to help me.”
“I have complete confidence in Dr. Gillette. His calm manner is reassuring and his knowledge is unparalleled. I can’t say enough good things about him.”