Dr. H. Dieter Hertzog, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who joined Hertzog Eye Care in 2014 following 13 years of medical, surgical, and ophthalmologic training. He is a 4th generation ophthalmologist and a 5th generation medical doctor and has logged over 3000 eye surgeries, injections, and lasers during his career. Dr. Hertzog earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 2005. While at Harvard, he played Division-1A intercollegiate rugby – the highest level of college rugby in the United States. He was a member of the 2003 National Champion runner-up team that advanced unbeaten through the 64-team Division-1A playoffs, losing only to Air Force Academy in the national championship game. He started on the 1st team for two years and was named co-MVP as a senior. He earned his M.D. from Loma Linda School of Medicine. He finished ranked 1st out of a class of 169 students and was awarded the President's Award as the top academic student in his graduating class. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha – the national honor society for medical students. Dieter went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute/USC Eye Institute, a program consistently ranked in the top 10 in the United States. A large portion of his training was spent at Los Angeles County Hospital where he logged over 1500 eye surgeries and lasers in one of the busiest hospitals in the U.S. During this time, he became well-versed in cataract surgery, trauma, and the treatment of a multitude of eye conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Hertzog subsequently completed a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at Doheny Eye Center of UCLA, another ophthalmology program ranked among the top 5 in the U.S. He is well-versed in blepharoplasty and ptosis repair for drooping eyelids, as well as the removal of eyelid lesions and cancers with subsequent lid reconstruction. Dr. Hertzog also remains dedicated to education and research. He continues to teach cataract surgery, staffing the residents at USC in both routine and complex cataract cases. Between college and medical school he spent a year performing research, authoring and co-authoring several peer-reviewed publications. This included research examining genetic predispositions to macular degeneration and publications pertaining to keratoconus, glaucoma, and clear-corneal incisions in cataract surgery . He considers his greatest accomplishment to be his wife, Laura, and his 4 children. He looks forward to serving the vision needs of the Long Beach and surrounding communities as a member of the Hertzog Eye Care team.
Dr. Hertzog's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Hertzog's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Blocked Tear Duct
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Cataract Removal Surgery
Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
Excision of Chalazion
Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
Repair of Eye Laceration
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med
Medical School | Graduated 2010
Scripps Mercy Med Ctr
Internship Hospital | Completed 2011
USC/Doheny Eye Inst
Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
Doheny Eye Inst
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2016
UCLA & Affil Hosps
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2016
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Hertzog has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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