Jerry Sebag MD, Retina Specialist, VMR Institute, Huntington Beach, 92647Dr. J. Sebag, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, FARVO

As a vitreo-retina specialist, I perform surgery and treat patients only with Vitreo-retinal diseases.  At VMR Insitute (VMR stands for Vitreous Macula Retina) we regularly treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), diabetic retinopathy, vitreous floaters, macular holes, macular pucker and retinal vascular occlusions.

Vitreo-retina specialists, like myself, are not only board certified ophthalmologists, but have also completed two additional years of fellowship training to allow us to specialize in the vitreous, macula and retina.

My goal in founding the VMR Institute was to bring the latest diagnostic therapeutic technologies to the local community in a private setting. I am very proud of the fact that with the help of our outstanding staff, VMR has become a leading center of excellence for pioneering diagnostics and therapy of diseases of the vitreous, macular and retina.



  • Educated at Columbia & Harvard, Dr. Sebag is considered the world’s leading authority on vitreous.He has authored three books, as well as many articles, chapters and editorials on diseases, drug therapy, and surgery of the vitreous, macula, and retina (VMR).
  • In addition to his role as full professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute, Dr. Sebag has also been visiting professor around the world.
  • In private practice since 1986, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
  • In 2006, he was inducted into the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society.
  • In 2010, he was designated a fellow of ARVO, the world’s premier eye research organization.
  • For 29 years, Dr. Sebag has provided university-level care to the local community in a private setting. Dr. Sebag founded the VMR Institute in order to provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutics in eye health with compassion and care.



As pioneers, we offer diagnostic testing and treatments not offered by others.  As a center of excellence we have taught countless medical students and research fellows who have pursued their own leadership roles in our profession.

VMR Institute has become a referral center where many other eye doctors compliment us by allowing us to care for their patients who have retinal problems.

Socially, I love boating, golf, travel, and my wife. She most enjoys ballroom dancing which we used to do together. Now she competes at Pro-Am events in the area, which I always try to attend since I love watching her dance.


J. Sebag, M.D.
Retina Specialist
Huntington Beach, CA 92647




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  • More About Dr. Sebag

    Specialty: Laser Therapy, Injections & Surgery of Vitreous – Macula – Retina

    Degrees: MD

    Fellowships: American College of Surgeons (FACS), Royal College of Ophthalmologists,

    UK (FRCOphth), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO)

    College: Columbia College, New York

    Medical School: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

    Internship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA, Los Angeles

    Ophthalmology Residency: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

    Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Boston Mass.

    Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Special Expertise: World’s leading authority on Vitreous

  • Current Academic Appointments

    2003 – Present   Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology,

    Los Angeles, California

  • Awards and Honors

    2010 – 2014     Los Angeles Magazine

    “Southern California Super Doctors as Chosen by His Peers”

    2010   Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO Silver Award)

    2008   Career Award for Humanitarian Services to the Indigent and Uninsured, LHA, O.C.

    2006   Humanitarian of the Year Award, Latino Health Access, Orange County, California

    2004   Honorary Member, Fondazione G. B. Bietti per lo Studio e la Ricerca in Oftalmologia

    2002   Honor Award, Vitreous Society

    2000   National Registry of Who’s Who, Life Member (#86360)

    1998   Humanitarian of the Year Award, Latino Health Access, Orange County, California

    1994   Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

    1986   The Treacher Collins Prize, Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom

    1985   Knapp Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation

    1984   Frank B. Walsh, M.D. Award, World Meeting of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Belgium

    1984   Lauréat de la Société Française d’Ophtalmologie- 1er Prix Biophysic Medical

    1984   The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship

    1983   The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award

    1982   Harvard Medical School – Bicentennial Prize Essay Contest

    1979   Edith & Denton McKane Award for Outstanding Research in Ophthalmology,

    College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

    1979   Titus Munson Coan Prize For Excellence In Research,

    College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

    1979   Doctor Alfred P. Steiner Research Award, Columbia University

    1978   1st Prize, National Competition on Preventive Medicine, American Health Foundation

    1977   AMA-ERF AMSA Award for Meritorious Research,

    American Federation of Clinical Research (AFCR) Annual Meeting, Carmel, CA

    1973   Thord-Gray Fellowship, American-Scandinavian Foundation

  • Invited Lectures

    2013       Plenary Lecture, Joint meeting of Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society (52nd meeting) and

    Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society (8th meeting), Nagoya, Japan

    2013       Symposium Organizer, European Society of Ophthalmology, Copenhagen

    2013       Invited Speaker, ARVO Mini-symposium, Seattle

    2013       Invited Lecturer, 9th Annual Meeting, Swiss Vitreo-Retinal Group, Zurich

    2013       Invited Speaker, Sarasota Vitreo-Retinal Update Course

    2012       Invited Speaker, University of Amsterdam

    2012       Invited Speaker, EURETINA course on Vitreous, Milano

    2011       Invited Speaker, Retina Society Symposium on Retinal Vein Occlusions.

    Combined Meeting of the European Society of Ophthalmology and the

    American Academy of Ophthalmology, Geneva

    2011       Course Director, Therapy of Vitreo-Maculopathies  –

    Surgery & Pharmacologic Vitreolysis, Combined Meeting of the European

    Society of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Geneva

    2011       Symposium Chair & Speaker, Combined Meeting of the

    European Society of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Geneva

    2011       Invited Speaker, Vitreous Symposium, EURETINA, London, England

    2011       Guest Speaker, Macula de Paris, France

    2010       Visiting Professor, Nagoya University, Japan

    2010       Guest Speaker, Sydney Eye Hospital, University of Sydney, Australia

    2010       Guest Speaker, Macula de Paris, France

    2009       Symposium Chair & Guest Speaker, 4th International Conference on

    Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, Vienna

    2009       Symposium Chair & Speaker, European Society of Ophthalmology, Amsterdam

    2009       LuEsther Mertz Retinal Research Lecture, Macula Foundation,

    Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital and New York University, New York, N.Y.

    2008       Guest Lecturer, Festschrift honoring Professor Peter Kroll,

    Phillips University of Marburg, Germany

    2007       Guest Lecturer, Retinal Physician Symposium, Sanibel, Florida

    2007       Guest Lecturer, Centennial Symposium, Fondazione Bietti, Rome

    2006       Guest Speaker, Symposium on Emerging Treatments in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery,

    World Ophthalmology Congress, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    2005       Guest Speaker, AAO Retina Subspecialty Day Meeting, Chicago

    2005       Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, July 2005

    2005       Guest Lecturer, Juntendo University, Urayasu, Japan

    2004       Guest Lecturer, Italian Retina Society, Rome, Italy, November 2004

    2004      Guest Speaker, European Vitreo-Retinal Society, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2004

    2004      Guest Lecturer, Festschrift honoring Professor Fritz Koerner, University of Bern,

    Switzerland, February 2004

    2003      Visiting Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

    2003      Rapport de la Société Française d’Ophtalmologie, Paris, France

    2002      International Conference on Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, Vienna, Austria

    2001      Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, Cambridge, England

    2001      Springer Lecturer, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

    2001      Plenary Lecture, International Laser Physics Society, Moscow, Russia

    2001      Visiting Professor, Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

    2000      Guest Lecturer, Great Western Council of Optometry, Portland Oregon

    2000      Visiting Professor, Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, P.R.C.

    2000      Invited Speaker, International Forum on Diabetic Retinopathy, Naples, Italy

    2000      Guest Panelist, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Boston, Mass

    2000      Inaugural Iain Begg Lecturer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

    1998     Visiting Professor, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York, N.Y.

    1997     Guest Lecturer, Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society, Asahikawa, Japan

    1994     La Société d’Ophtalmologie Parisienne, Annual Meeting, Paris, France

    1992     Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, England

    1992     Special Lecturer, Swiss Ophthalmological Society Meeting, Basel,


    1986     Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, Cambridge, England

  • Personal Activities

    Dr. Sebag enjoys European travel, as he has lived in Stockholm, Sweden (1973-75) and Paris, France (1983-84).  As a result, he is fluent in Swedish and French.

    Dr. Sebag’s favorite hobbies include traveling, boating, and golfing.

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