Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD

Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 51

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Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Desert Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kunimoto to book an appointment.

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Locations

Retinal Consultants of Arizona - Phoenix Biltmore

Phoenix Biltmore1101 E Missouri Ave Phoenix, AZ 85014
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Retinal Consultants of Arizona - Gilbert

Gilbert1712 E Boston St Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Retinal Consultants of Arizona - Mesa

Mesa2152 S Vineyard Ste 139 Bldg 12 Mesa, AZ 85210
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Retinal Consultants of Arizona - Phoenix North

Phoenix North15401 N 29Th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85053
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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
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Dr. Kunimoto's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kunimoto

4.0

Based on 22 ratings

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What went well
  • Staff friendliness (18)
  • Trusted the provider's decisions (18)
  • Appointment scheduling (16)
What could be improved
  • Long wait times (13)
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (4)
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I went to Dr K for several years. The cattle car process in his office is not pleasant. He pushes the maxium patients through in one day. One time they got off sequence and the numbing agent wore off before I go the injection in the eye. It sounded like he was using my condition for an experiment when he berated me for scheduling appts too far apart. The timing would mess with his "study". I changed to DR Adelberg. No more injections in the eye. Eye drops ar improving my vision.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Feb 02, 2021
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Excellent. Staff are all friendly and efficient. Dr. Kunimoto saved my sight.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Gloria Bravo-Gutiérrez – Jan 20, 2021
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I took my dad to see dr Kunimoto because his eye was bothering him. We sat in the office over 2 hours then he was taken to finally see the dr. Dr Kunimoto spent less than 5 minutes with him and told him there was nothing wrong. He gave no alternatives or resources or even a suggestion. I was very disappointed with the service. I took my dad to see a Ophthalmologist for new glasses and he was diagnosed with glaucoma. How did Dr Kunimoto miss this? I’m appalled and will never use or recommend Retinal specialists or this so called dr again.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Oct 08, 2020
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The wait time was what I expected. After taken back to the procedures, it was very efficient and went quickly. Dr. Kunimoto was very efficient and after the exam, he communicated his results in a easy to understand manner. Quite happy with my exam.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Gilbert, AZ – Nov 02, 2018
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Dr, Derek, I have read his Story and he also Study at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, The Best in the Country. I had retina surgery By Dr. Joseph I. Maguire at Wills Eyes and Dr. Derek study under him. I have all the Faith in the World for Dr. Derek Kunimoto, Its All GOOD
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
4 people found this helpful
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Tom Hofstaedter in San Tan Valley, AZ – Aug 25, 2018
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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 thought of losing sight in one eye made sure I was involved in every step of the process and always asked how I was feeling
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Sue O in San Tan Valley, AZ – Jul 06, 2018
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Dr. Kunimoto has a very calm manner. He has many patients but takes the time to answer your questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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John Linda in Tempe – Jul 01, 2018
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
3 people found this helpful
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Kim Cremonese in Phoenix , AZ – May 15, 2018
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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 comments --common experience. Total visit 3 hours & over 2.5 spent in waiting rooms. She wasn't even called back until an hour past her appt time, and there were no more seats. Disrespectful of patients.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Mesa, AZ – Dec 09, 2017
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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 schedule, and have! I would wait, no matter how long, or how far behind his schedule gets, I will always wait, because I know he is helping someone with an emergency.
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Phoenix, AZ – Aug 12, 2016
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I believe Dr. Kunimoto excels in his field and communicates well with his patients; but when the patients are expected to wait two to three hours for each appointment, that is disrespectful of the patient. Problems outside of appointments seem to be referred out.
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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C.S.M. in Phoenix, AZ – Apr 11, 2016
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Inconsiderate Doctor.
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Frustrated in Tempe,az – Mar 30, 2016
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Dr. Kunimoto's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Vitreoretinal Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kunimoto performs Vitreoretinal Surgery more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kunimoto performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Macular Edema
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kunimoto treats Macular Edema more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kunimoto treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Macular Hole
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kunimoto treats Macular Hole more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kunimoto treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kunimoto's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Contact Lens Treatment
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Pars Planitis
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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(602) 607-1389

Dr. Kunimoto accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
Choice Plus POS II
Whole Health Banner Health Network HMO
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

About Me

Care Philosophy

Our practice was established in 1980 in central Phoenix. Since then, we have grown to include 32 locations throughout Arizona, providing improved access...Read more

Biography

Derek Y. Kunimoto graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School with honors. He received his law degree with honours from...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

2006
Wills Eye Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2004
Wills Eye Hospital
Residency Hospital
2000
Massachusetts General Hospital
Internship Hospital
1992
Harvard University
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD?

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Is Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kunimoto frequently treats Vitreoretinal Surgery, Macular Edema, and Macular Hole. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Kunimoto treats.

Where is Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD's office located?

Dr. Kunimoto's office is located at 1101 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD speak?

Dr. Kunimoto speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Derek Kunimoto, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Kunimoto has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Kunimoto is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

10 Awards Received

Banner Desert Medical Center

Mesa, AZ

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

9 Awards Received

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

Glendale, AZ

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

13 Awards Received

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Phoenix, AZ

St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

20 Awards Received