To his patients, Dr. Roger Steinert is one of the world’s most accomplished laser eye surgeons. But to UC Irvine faculty and students, he is a teacher of exceptional skill and empathy. And for this, Steinert, the vice chair of clinical ophthalmology, was awarded the 2008-2009 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching from the Academic Senate – the highest honor UC faculty members can receive from their colleagues. Steinert received the award – which included a commemorative plaque and $5,000 for the Department of Ophthalmology – at an Oct. 14 reception honoring this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award winners. In addition to his research and clinical work on cornea, refractive and cataract surgery, Steinert lectures widely to students and his fellow eye surgeons.