Dr. Don Kikkawa, MD

Dr. Don Kikkawa, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Don Kikkawa, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 26 years. He graduated from Saint Louis University School Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

9415 Campus Point Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Ectropion of Eyelid
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eyelid Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Kikkawa's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kikkawa "Dr. Kikkawa serves as division chief of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. This specialty combines traditional studies and patient care as an ophthalmologist with a fellowship in reconstruction and plastic surgery around the eyes. The extensive training uniquely qualifies these specialists to perform delicate surgery on the eyelids, around the eyes, the drainage system, and on the bones around of the eye. Dr. Kikkawa finds the field very gratifying; reversing the effects of aging, restoring a normal appearance to disfigured trauma or diseased patients, and eliminating vision-threatening tumors.Respected for his knowledge and surgical experience, patients travel to San Diego from throughout the United States, as well as other countries, for Dr. Kikkawa's skills. He has hosted several highly praised medical conferences for his colleagues and was selected by them for Best Doctors in America. Additionally, Dr. Kikkawa serves as one of three Shiley specialists that comprise our unique Thyroid Eye Clinic to treat patients with this disfiguring and vision threatening disease."


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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

52  Conditions Treated


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26  Procedures

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Dacryoadenectomy
  • Dacryocystectomy
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Tear Duct 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.


  • Saint Louis University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • UCLA Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Uc Los Angeles, Jules Stein Eye Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University Of Wisconsin-Madison, School Of Medicine and Public Health
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kikkawa has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kikkawa's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kikkawa to family and friends
21 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (21)

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Dr. Kikkawa's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

My wife has thyroid eye disease (TED), which damages eye muscles and restricts eye movement. Dr. Kikkawa performs orbital decompression allowing the eyes to move freely. This allows Dr. Granet's eye muscle surgery to be more efficient. Both doctors have amazing reputations, and yet are not at all...more
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I had cosmetic surgery with Dr. K. He did a fantastic job and had great bedside manner. I am not sure what the others have to say but I know I had the best and I have seen many doctors all over So Cal.
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As with the previous reviewer, I too had a blepharoplasty with Dr. Kikkawa. Unfortunately, I too am quite dissatisfied with my results. I don't know what happened but my eyes are uneven and I am hoping that he can fix the problem. My greatest dissatisfaction is with his staff. His patient...more
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Had blepharoplasty. Terrible result. Had to redo one eye twice and it is still not right.
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He is the best. He took time to explain things and went over things in great detail. He spent time with me and the surgery results were perfect. I recommend him highly!
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