Creig Hoyt is Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell University Medical College. He did his residency training in Neurology and Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco and then was a research fellow in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In 2010 he received a M.A. degree in Ancient Eastern thought/Sanskrit from St John’s College, Santa Fe.
Since 1976, he has been on the Ophthalmology faculty at UCSF. His major research interests have been in the areas of visual deprivation states, brain injuries in children, and strategies for visual recovery and/or adaptations to early visual loss. He is the author of more than 140 scientific papers and with David Taylor is the coeditor of the textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He was the editor of the British Journal of Ophthalmology from 1999-2007 and is currently a Distinguished Senior Editor for the journal, Ophthalmology.
He lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California which allows him to be a keen racer of standup paddle boards. He is currently writing a book, Craving for Light, on how twelve famous authors adapted, or did not, to blindness.