Robert grew up in Southern Germany. After completing his doctorate at the University of Ulm in Germany, he traveled to the United States for his Ophthalmology residency, which he accomplished at the prestigious Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then completed a Corneal and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) before moving to Phoenix.
Fluent in German, English, Spanish, and French, Dr. Fintelmann has performed thousands of cataract surgeries, over two thousand vision correction procedures (including LASIK, PRK, and ICL), and hundreds of corneal transplants. His experience includes a wide range of procedures: laser assisted cataract surgery, full corneal transplants, partial thickness corneal transplants (DSAEK, DMEK, DALK) along with minimally invasive transplants of either the anterior or posterior portions of the cornea and has taught Descemet Membrane transplants to other ophthalmologists. In clinic, he particularly enjoys treating ocular surface disease (dry eye), helping patients achieve relief from their chronic eye irritation. Dr. Fintelmann currently serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Midwestern University. In his free time, he can be found hiking, biking and traveling with his wife, Dr. Laura Snyder, a Neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute.