Born and raised in Salt Lake City, E. Leigh Wilkinson, M.D. attended East High School, serving as student body president along with being the captain of the football and golf team.
Although he loved golf, Dr. Wilkinson had his sights set on medical school. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was accepted to the University of Utah Medical School, where he attended from 1975 to 1979.
Upon graduating from medical school, he completed an internship and Ophthalmology residency at the Albert B. Chandler Hospital associated with the University of Kentucky until 1983.
Dr. Wilkinson then completed a Glaucoma fellowships for one year at the Jules Stein Eye Hospital associated with the UCLA Medical Center. He became Board Certified in Ophthalmology in 1986.
Dr. Wilkinson practiced ophthalmology for six years in Poway, California located in north San Diego County. During this time, he served as the President of the Palomar Hospital Ophthalmologic surgical committee.
After his years in San Diego, Dr. Wilkinson and his wife decided family was more important than weather, so they decided to move back to Salt Lake City where he practiced full time at the Rocky Mountain Eye Center from 1990 to 2020.
He specialized in seeing glaucoma patients, but also practiced general ophthalmology including cataract and LASIK surgery. Although he retired in July 2020, he was convinced to see glaucoma and general ophthalmology patients by doctor Brian Davis at the Davis vision center on a part time basis.
Dr. Wilkinson and his wife, Nancy, have five children and 13 grandchildren. He never gave up on golf entirely upon a medical career. He won the club championship at the Pauma Valley Country Club in San Diego in 1987. He also has been a golf course rater for Golf Digest Magazine for the last ten years.
When asked about joining Davis Vision Center, Dr. Wilkinson said, “I am excited and look forward to seeing patients at the Davis Vision Center part time along with spending time with family and doing volunteer work.”
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