Robert Sinskey received his medical degree from and performed his ophthalmology residency at Duke University School of Medicine. From 1951 to 1953, Sinskey was assigned to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, where he studied the eyes of bombing victims. In 1955, he became the first full-time instructor and opened the eye service at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Sinskey served as guest faculty and surgeon in more than 100 symposia and had more than 200 speaking engagements around the world. He published more than 30 journal articles and textbook chapters, as well as a revised monograph on phacoemulsification.
Sinskey patented his internationally popular modified J-loop intraocular lens (IOL), and invented several surgical instruments. He pioneered the use of low-power IOLs and the use of IOLs in infants and children with cataracts.
Sinskey served as medical director emeritus of the Southern California Lion’s Eye Institute, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, and on the staff at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. From 1999 to 2000, Sinskey served as president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). He was a member of the ASCRS Foundation and has been the driving force behind constructing and equipping the foundation’s Robert M. Sinskey Pediatric Eye Care Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.