Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD

Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD

Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD is a vitreoretinal disease specialist in Gilbert, AZ and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1999 and specializes in vitreoretinal disease & surgery, ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

1712 E Boston St

Gilbert, AZ 85295

Contact Information

(480) 388-3280

Insurance Accepted

  • Accountable Health Plans of America
  • Aetna
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • Arizona Medical Network
  • Banner Physician Hospital Organization (BPHO)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bridgeway Health Solutions
  • Care 1st Health Plan
  • 33 More

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Learn about Dr. Kunimoto

Be confident in your decisions by checking out your provider's top areas of care, education, patient reviews and more. Learn about finding the right doctor for you.

Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Kunimoto performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Macular Edema
very high
more than 99% of peers
Macular Hole
very high
more than 99% of peers
Diabetic Retinopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers

Dr. Kunimoto's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Kunimoto's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kunimoto "EDUCATION & HONORS Derek Y. Kunimoto graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School with honors. He received his law degree with honours from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was a medicine intern at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as co-chief resident. Dr. Kunimoto joined Retinal Consultants of Arizona in 2006 and is currently Managing Partner, Retinal Consultants of Arizona; Retinal Research Institute; Assistant Clinical Professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Director of Trauma and Inpatient Services for Ophthalmology, Banner Eye Institute, Banner University Medical Center, University of Arizona. AWARDS, CLINICAL RESEARCH & AUTHORSHIPS Dr. Kunimoto completed a 2-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. He was recognized as both a Heed Foundation Fellow and a Ronald G. Michels Fellow. Dr. Kunimoto has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and 2 major ophthalmology textbooks, The Wills Eye Video Atlas of Ocular Surgery, and the 4th edition of The Wills Eye Manual. He has been invited to speak at ophthalmology conferences, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kunimoto has been very active in the clinical research of retinal diseases, acting as Principal Investigator in over 10 clinical trials. Dr. Kunimoto has extensive research experience in molecular biology and basic science, and received numerous honors for academic and research achievements. Some these include the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, awarded by Harvard University to the top honors theses of "uncommon excellence;" the Bowdoin Prize, a prestigious award by Harvard University for work in the Natural Sciences; the Young American Award, the highest honor presented to a young adult by the Boy Scouts of America for exceptional achievement; the JAMS award, presented by the Japan Association for the Mathematical Sciences; and the Academic First Team, named "one of the top twenty undergraduate scholars in America" by USA-Today. He has also been awarded numerous fellowships for scientific and medical studies. Some of these include the Fulbright Scholarship for the study of infectious eye diseases in India; the Peace and Friendship Scholarship, awarded by the Japanese Government; the Frederick T Sheldon Scholarship, awarded by Harvard University. He was the first recipient of the Ann Sullivan Scholarship, awarded by the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, for ophthalmology research in India. COMMUNITY SERVICE/AFFILIATIONS Dr. Kunimoto is a founding member and served as Founding President of the Vit-Buckle Society, a national society that promotes the dissemination and discussion of the most cutting-edge innovations in vitreoretinal surgery. He served as Chair of the Medical Student Governing Council in the Massachusetts Medical Society, and as a member on the Council on Constitution and Bylaws of the American Medical Association. Dr. Kunimoto served as President of the Phoenix Ophthalmological Society, and serves on the Board of the Arizona Ophthalmological Society. Outside of medicine, Dr. Kunimoto serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars."
Read Less

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kunimoto "We are proud to have become Arizona's largest and most experienced ophthalmology practice focused specifically on the diagnosis and management of the retina and vitreous.

At RCA, we believe in providing you with professional, attentive, and personal care while utilizing the latest technology and treatments. We accept new patients every day, and urgent or emergency referrals are seen the same day."

4  Specialties

  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Vitreous Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

49  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Cataract
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Read Less

7  Procedures

  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Surgery
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arizona.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Harvard University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • Oxford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Wills Eye Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Wills Eye Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kunimoto has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kunimoto does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Kunimoto and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Dr. Kunimoto's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kunimoto to family and friends
16 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (16)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kunimoto's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes
Dr. Kunimoto Says:

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. At Retinal Consultants of Arizona, we believe in providing you with professional, attentive, and personal care while utilizing the latest technology and treatments. If you would like to email us directly about your review, or have any suggestions to make your experience better, please contact our offices directly.

Thank you,

Derek Y. Kunimoto, MD


Patient Comments (7)

Dr. Kunimoto is a true expert in his field, He was referred by a close friend, he is approachable, listened to me, asked a lot of questions and made sure he understood the full scope of the problems before proceeding. He is a very caring doctor who knowing I was anxious and devastated at the...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option0thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Dr. Kunimoto has a very calm manner. He has many patients but takes the time to answer your questions.
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option0thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Dr. Kunimoto is a great doctor. I would never switch doctors. I have tried other doctors with terrifying results. Dr. Kunimoto is so patient and understanding. I hate the 2-3 hour wait time but I don’t want to lose Dr. Kunimoto.
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option1thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
I take my 85-y-o mother to appts & go in with her to help her understand & remember--this review is from these visits. Kunimoto is very knowledgeable, but the practice & office leaves much to be desired. If you like to spend a lot of time sitting in waiting rooms, see this doctor. Read other...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option2thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Dr. Kunimoto saved my eyesight. Originally he saw me on a Sunday, having been referred to by the Emergency room for a detached retina. I see him annually. His practice takes him to several locations throughout the Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. I can go to any location that fits my time...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option1thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Image of Dr. Kunimoto
Are you Dr. Kunimoto?
Make it easy for patients to share their feedback. Also manage your personalized profile!

Nearby doctors with similar experience

Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Ophthalmic Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery