Thomas Gillette MD

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Accepting New Patients

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Gillette received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Following his 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 completed a fellowship in ocular immunology at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Gillette specializes in diseases and treatment of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye, including corneal transplantation, DSAEK, and ophthalmic consultation.

Practice Philosophy

"Corneal transplants are a sacred gift from the donor, and I am excited to bring corneal transplantation to The Polyclinic. I still have a “Kodachrome” photo of the first corneal transplant I saw as a first year resident in Ophthalmology in 1976. This experience inspired me to study corneal transplantation, and my training at Harvard and NYU have increased my scientific understanding of corneal transplants with laboratory research and clinical studies.”

Professional Involvement

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.


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