Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD

Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 17 years. He graduated from D Geffen Sch Of Med-Ucla in 2001 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

9415 Campus Point Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

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  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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very high
more than 89% of peers
Eye Infections
more than 13% of peers

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Dr. Welsbie's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Welsbie "Derek S. Welsbie, MD, PhD is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in treating adolescents and adults with all stages of glaucoma. His clinical focus ranges from monitoring patients suspected of having glaucoma to operating on patients with advanced disease. An assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, his laboratory studies the way in which glaucoma leads to optic nerve injury, neurodegeneration and, ultimately, vision loss. Specifically, he is interested in identifying the genes responsible for nerve cell death and to use what is learned to develop new neuro-protective treatment strategies for glaucoma patients. Dr. Welsbie lectures at national conferences and has coauthored numerous articles. His work has been published in Nature, Science, and JAMA Ophthalmology, among others. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Welsbie was an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute, where he won the Shafer Prize for innovative glaucoma research from the Glaucoma Research Foundation and was named Assistant Professor of the Year in 2015. He also served as the Stephen J. Ryan Assistant Chief of Service and continues to have an interest in resident and medical student education. Dr. Welsbie completed a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship training in glaucoma at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He earned his medical degree and doctorate in molecular biology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board-certified in ophthalmology. Dr. Welsbie is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology."
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Welsbie does not have any board certifications listed.

16  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

7  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Trabeculotomy Ab Externo
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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.


  • D Geffen Sch Of Med-Ucla
    Medical School | Graduated 2001

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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