Dr. David B. Granet hosts Emmy Award-winning show

Dr. David B. Granet hosts Emmy Award-winning show

Dr. David B. Granet is a professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at UCSD, where he is also the director of the Anne & Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center at the Shiley Eye Complex.

The author of more than 70 articles and book chapters, Granet is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine.

In addition to his work with children, Granet is the UCSD specialist in adult strabismus and helped create the UCSD Thyroid Eye Center, the first of its kind. He is also the founder of the International Pediatric-Ophthalmology Internet discussion group.

He serves on the executive committee for the Section of Ophthalmology for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the co-founder of the first World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Currently he is the president of the San Diego County Ophthalmological Society and is the consultant ophthalmologist for many local school districts.

Granet has received the Achievement Award from the Academy of Ophthalmology and the Honor Award from the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

In addition to his research and local clinical practice, Granet hosts the Emmy Award-winning medical television show “Health Matters.” He resides in San Diego with his wife, Lisa; his children, Elijah, Isaiah and Ezra; and their dog, Deli.

What brought you to Carmel Valley?

When we first came to San Diego about 15 years ago, my wife and I knew we wanted to settle in a place that offered a great public school system, other families interested in the same things we were and close proximity to the beach and ocean. We agreed that Carmel Valley was the place we could call home.

What makes Carmel Valley special to you?

Living here for as long as we have, I’ve been able to witness Carmel Valley grow (and grow)! Having the opportunity to help shape the development of our community with our local leaders and friends has been incredible. I think we all share the same dreams and have the same passions when it comes to providing the best possible place for our families to thrive.

Just the fact that parents care so much about education - what else could you ask for? They say it takes a village to raise a family and Carmel Valley is just such a place.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Carmel Valley?

I think everyone would agree it would be nice to improve the parking situation at our local shopping centers. If I could snap my fingers, I would also like to give everyone bigger back yards and make it possible for all our kids to live close enough to schools so that they could walk each day.

I would also make sure that class sizes stayed relatively small and ensure that every school has the resources that it needs to help students reach their potential. I would change some of the access to the freeway and decrease some of the traffic on surface streets, especially during the morning and evening commutes.

Lastly, I’d like to add more higher-end restaurants that parents can go to on those rare nights that they get a babysitter!

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by the families and patients who put their faith and trust in me each and every day, and my coworkers, who constantly go above and beyond to ensure those families get the best care possible.

On a personal note, growing up, I was inspired by my parents to use whatever opportunities I was blessed with to help make the world a better place. Since they were both university professors, I know they inspired my love of teaching and sharing information, whether it’s lecturing or on TV as part of our “Health Matters” show.

Finally, I am constantly inspired by my wife, Lisa, whose persistence and focus keeps me clear on what’s really important in life. I’m very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Since I would be lost at

any kind of party without my wife, we’ll assume that she and I are co-hosting this event!
  1. Bruce Springsteen, who I consider America’s poet
  2. Winston Churchill, one of the great leaders of the 20th century, to indulge my WWII fascination
  3. Mickey Mantle, who was my sports’ hero growing up
  4. Maimonides, the great Biblical healer, to discuss ethics and charity
  5. My dad, who has passed, because I miss him dearly and he was the smartest person I’ve ever met
  6. My mom, to remind me to take out the garbage
  7. My sister and brother-in-law, to keep me honest
  8. My old friends, the Pompans and Fausts, because I would need somebody to turn to and say, “Do you believe this?”

What are you currently reading?

In addition to the daily medical journals and The San Diego Union-Tribune, I am reading and editing chapters for a new textbook I’m writing along with Dr. Shira Robbins, my faculty colleague, on “ophthalmology for pediatricians.”

For fun, I am reading “Ender In Exile” by Orson Scott Card and “Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War” by Pat Buchanan.

What is your most prized possession?

My Dad always said “invest in people, not things” so possessions aren’t that important to me. My family photo albums are priceless because of the memories they hold. I guess if I had to pick one thing right now, it might be the recent Emmy Award that “Health Matters” received this past year.

It represents the effort that the University television station (UCSD-TV), Jennifer Ford (our producer) and I have put in toward educating the public about their health. Especially in this day and age, that’s more important than ever.

What do you do for fun?

Believe it or not, I think my job is fun. But, I also love to spend time with my family. I still treasure the moments when I get to be with my wife, just the two of us hanging out and holding hands.

Describe your greatest accomplishment.

On a personal level, it would have to be the creation of our nuclear family.

On a professional level, it would have to be the creation of the UCSD Ratner Children’s Eye Center from scratch. And, of course, creating the television show with the team at UCSD-TV.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

For as long as I can remember, this quote was on my bulletin board growing up. It’s Robert Kennedy’s quote, which was a paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw when he said: “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘why’? I dream things that never were and say, ‘why not?’ ”