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Dr. Khaled A. Tawansy, M.D.
Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Retina Specialist
Khaled A. Tawansy, M.D. is a world-renowned vitreo-retinal surgeon and an assistant professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics. He directs a busy clinical practice in Southern California dedicated to the management of complicated pediatric and adult retinal disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, trauma, uveitis, macular degeneration, and hereditary vitreo-retinopathies.
Dr. Tawansy completed a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering with Tau Beta Pi Honors at Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate of medicine at the University of Michigan. He completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of California and in ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital. He subsequently performed fellowship training in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Retinal Pathophysiology and Macular Diseases at Vanderbilt University, Ocular Ultrasound and Trauma Research at the Schepens Retina Foundation, and Pediatric Retinal Diseases and Uveitis at Harvard Medical School. During his training, he founded and directed pediatric retinal programs at Vanderbilt and UBC.
After leading the pediatric retina service at University of Southern California for five years, he founded Children’s Retina Institute and Arroyo Vision Care in order to advance clinical management, teaching, and research for complicated retinal diseases. He pioneered surgical techniques for Retinal Detachment associated with Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), Chorio-Retinal Coloboma, Stickler Syndrome, Proliferative Vitreo-Retinopathy, Familial Exudative Vitreo-Retinopathy, Microphthalmos, and Bullous Juvenile Retinoschisis.
As an authority in mechanism of retinal hemorrhage in children, he serves nationally as an expert witness in cases of potential child abuse. He directs the Ocular Trauma Service and Pediatric Eye Program at several major California hospitals, and has performed over 10,000 vitrectomy and scleral buckle procedures. He is a founding member of the American Pediatric Retina Society and a fellow of the European Retina Society. He has received a Senior Fellow Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Surgeons and a Shine Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has also been selected as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists and California Patients’ Choice Physicians.
Dr. Tawansy’s enthusiasm for global eye care has led to the development of a unique center for Surgery and Education at the historic Raymond Theater, which accepts referrals of challenging patients from all over the world. He is also president of Golden State Eye Care, which serves patients from throughout the Conejo Valley. He has trained fellows from six continents, started the ROP screening and surgery program in Northern Mexico, and collaborates with a sister program at Vydehi Medical School in Bangalor. He also developed One Retina, the first Veterinary Retinal Surgery Program in California.
Dr. Tawansy enjoys spending time with his family. If he is not in clinic or the operating room, you will likely find him swimming, cycling, or hiking around the Rose Bowl, body surfing at Malibu or Laguna Beach, or swinging at a local Jazz or Rock club.
DR. RODRIGO TORRES
Dr. Torres is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been providing exceptional eye care since 2002. Born in the U.S. and raised in the heartland of Iowa, he also enjoys a diverse cultural background; both of his parents are first-generation immigrants, one from Mexico and one from Argentina. He has maintained fluency in Spanish, a gift he attributes to his parents, and one that has proved invaluable in providing the highest quality of care to many of his patients. He received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Iowa and went on to obtain his Medical Degree at Harvard Medical School.
He completed his Internship training at the Cambridge Health Alliance, also affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His Ophthalmology Residency was completed at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Torres went on to complete a Fellowship in Glaucoma at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, he served as a Clinical Instructor at the Oregon Health Sciences University, and as a Staff Physician at the Veterans Affairs Hospital. He provided medical and surgical care throughout the Coachella Valley for two years while on staff at the Eisenhower Medical Center, serving as both a comprehensive ophthalmologist and a glaucoma specialist.
Dr. Torres is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the Los Angeles County Medical Association , the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Department of Ophthalmology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
He has authored several medical publications and is a reviewer for the Journal of Glaucoma. When asked why, as a physician, he chose to specialize in ophthalmology over all other medical specialties, his answer is simple; “It’s that smile you get when you help someone to see again. There simply is nothing like it.”
PAUL NAZEMI, MD
Paul Nazemi, MD specializes in eyelid plastic and reconstructive surgery. He trained with Henry Baylis, M.D., the Founding Chief and Professor of the Division of Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery at Jules Stein Eye Institute-UCLA. He received his Medical Degree from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, where he received academic honors. He completed his internship in medicine at the Los Angeles County, USC Medical Center, and his ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Institute at the USC School of Medicine.
Dr. Nazemi is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a fellow of the America Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Nazemi has received several honors and awards and published articles in peer reviewed medical journals. He has presented lectures and posters at national meetings. In his research he has collaborated with scientists at USC’s Doheny Eye Institute and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests have included novel 3-D visual field testing in the early diagnosis and characterization of eye diseases affecting millions worldwide.
Dr. Nazemi is a Founding Father of UCLA’s Sigma Pi Beta Fraternity, the largest Persian fraternity in North America, and an active member of its Alumni Board.
DR. HENRY BAYLIS
Dr. Henry Baylis, Founding Chief and Professor of the Division of Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute-UCLA, founded this division in 1974. He soon expanded this division to include facial plastic surgery in the 1980s. He soon expanded the division to include facial plastic surgery in the 1980s.
He has been training other physicians in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery since 1975. As a testament to his teaching abilities, he and his graduates have trained 20 percent of all practicing oculoplastic surgeons in the United States and overseas. These include 15 division chiefs in the United States, Israel, Greece, Korea, and other foreign countries.
Dr. Baylis completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, and then completed fellowship training with Byron Smith, M.D., at The Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York. Dr. Baylis participates actively in fellowship education and in orbital and oculoplastic research. As both an ophthalmologist oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Baylis is an expert in the functions as well as the aesthetics of the eye. His training in ophthalmology gives Dr. Baylis an edge over other surgeons, as he is well versed in the problems and treatments of the areas surrounding the eyes.
Over the years, Dr. Baylis has achieved a reputation among other doctors because of his training programs and extensive scientific publications. As a result of this, one-third of Dr. Baylis’ surgery involves referred problems encountered elsewhere following eyelid surgery. He maintains a busy West Los Angeles private practice encompassing the entire spectrum of orbital and oculoplastic surgery, with a special interest in blepharoplasty and facelift. He has treated patients referred from over 500 doctors from California and the rest of the nation over the past five years. Dr. Baylis was the first ophthalmologist to publish papers in peer review medical journals on the following subjects: orbital sinus decompression for graves’ disease, the forehead lift, use of ear cartilage for grafting, repair of lower lid retraction following blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and transconjunctival blepharoplasty (as the primary technique for cosmetic lower eyelid surgery). His paper on face lifting was the first by an oculofacial plastic surgeon to appear in an official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Baylis has lectured both nationally and internationally and published more than 100 papers on oculofacial plastic surgery of the eyelids and other topics.
DR. ALAN CHEUNG
Dr. Alan Cheung was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Southern California, and completed his optometric training at the New England College of Optometry, one of the leading colleges of optometry and vision research centers in the world.
Dr. Cheung completed optometry externships at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals in Newington Connecticut, and at White River Junction in Vermont, where ocular disease diagnosis and management was emphasized. He also completed rotations at Dorchester House Health Center in Massachusetts, South Boston Community Health Center, as well as the New England Eye Institute, where he honed his contact lens fitting, pediatric, low vision, and vision therapy skills.
With his extensive training in the treatment of ocular disease and contact lenses, Dr. Cheung has practiced optometry in a multitude of diverse clinical settings. In his free time, Dr. Cheung spends it with his family and friends, and enjoys the diverse restaurants and outdoors activities that the city has to offer.
DR. PATRICIA BUCKLEY
After receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree Dr. Buckley moved to Philadelphia to pursue further post-graduate education at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She relocated to southern California and has practiced in both private and hospital based settings. She is a former Chief of Low Vision Services for the prestigious Los Angeles County Hospital at USC medical school.
Dr. Buckley is fluent in Spanish. She believes that the best outcomes are reached when patients understand their diagnosis and participate in their treatment. As such, she provides specialized and optimal care to each one of her patients. Dr. Buckley is an avid fan of professional tennis and college football. She enjoys playing golf and traveling around the world with her family.
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