Lawrence Chong MD retina specialist huntington beach ca 92647 board certified ophthalmologistDr. Lawrence Chong MD

  • Dr. Lawrence Chong was on the full-time faculty of the Doheny Eye Institute from 1989 to 2009
  • As director of the Retina Service and former director of the fellowship program, he has trained more than 30 retinal fellows
  • He continues his affiliation with the Doheny Eye Institute as clinical professor of ophthalmology
  • He is a member of the Retina Society, the Club Jules Gonin, and the American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Dr. Chong is now in full-time private practice at the VMR Institute
  • He is affiliated with Hoag Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and the Newport Bay Surgery Center
  • For several years, Dr. Chong has been voted to Super Doctors 


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  • Full Bio

    Dr. Chong was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelors in Science in Biology from USC, where he was the Valedictorian of his class. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1981. After a medicine internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1982, Dr. Chong did an ophthalmology residency at the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles, where his chairman was Dr. Stephen Ryan. After he completed his residency in 1985, Dr. Chong went to Duke University where he trained in vitreo-retinal surgery with Drs Robert Machemer, Brooks McCuen and Eugene DeJuan finishing in 1986. He returned to Doheny/USC to be the Chief Resident in 1986. He joined the faculty at USC in 1989 and remained until 2009. During this time he rose to the rank of Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the retina service where he trained over 30 fellows in vitreous surgery of which a third remain in academic positions around the world.

    During his tenure at Doheny, Dr. Chong’s research interests included the treatment of opportunistic eye infections in AIDS, the clinical application of intraocular drug delivery systems, micro-pulse diode laser systems, clinical applications of 25 gauge vitrectomy systems, and quantitative analysis of mechanisms of vitreous cutting. He has been privileged to receive research fellows from all over the world, especially Brazil where there is an annual meeting held in his honor, called ‘Chong’s Brazilian Friends’.

    Dr. Chong is a member of the Club Jules Gonin, the Retina Society and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is the editor of the Surgical Video Section of the electronic edition of Stephen Ryan’s textbook Retina. Dr. Chong is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Archives of Ophthalmology. He has authored over 65 peer reviewed publications, 11 book chapters, and 2 books.

    Currently Dr. Chong is in private practice in Huntington Beach, California, USA. He remains affiliated with the Doheny Eye Institute as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Chong is on staff at Hoag Presbyterian Medical Center, Anaheim Regional Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center, Newport Bay Surgical Center, and Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. His current research interest is the role of combination anti-VEGF /photodynamic therapy for rescue therapy of wet age related macular degeneration.

    Dr. Chong would like to acknowledge the two individuals who have made the most impact on his career, Robert Machemer, MD and Stephen J Ryan, MD.

  • More About Dr. Chong

    Degrees: MD

    College: University of Southern California, Valedictorian

    Medical Education: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

    Internship: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

    Ophthalmology Residency: Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California

    Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship: Duke University Eye Center, Durham, North Carolina

    Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1987

  • Academic Appointments

    2009 – Present: Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California

    2006 – 2009: Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California

    1994 – 2006: Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

           Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California

  • Awards and Honors

    USC Valedictorian in Letters, Arts and Sciences, 1977

    USC Order of the Palm

    USC Phi Beta Kappa

    USC Phi Kappa Phi

    USC Trustee Scholar

    2004 Honorary International Member of the Brazilian Vitreo-Retinal Society

    1999 American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

    1986 Award for Excellence in Resident Training

  • Professional Societies

    2001 Club Vit

    2001 Association of Philippine Ophthalmologists in America

    2000 Club Jules Gonin

    1994 Retina Society

    1993 Vitreous Society

    1990 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

    1987 American Medical Association

    1987 American Academy of Ophthalmology

    1987 California Medical Association

    1987 California Association of Ophthalmology

  • Hospital Affiliations (Clinical Appointments)

    2008 – Present: Anaheim Regional Medical Center

    2008 – Present: Newport Bay Surgery Center

    2008 – Present: Hoag Hospital

    1989 – Present: LAC+USC Medical Center

    2010 – Present: Los Alamitos Medical Center

  • Professional Activities

    Editor:  Surgical Videos, Ryan, Retina

    Reviewer:  American Journal & Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, RETINA


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