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My first job was standing on a milk crate while washing dishes at my parents' Chinese restaurant in Milwaukee. The demands of the restaurant business must have impressed my first-generation siblings and me as we all ended up in graduate school! While an undergraduate at Harvard University, over half of my courses were outside of my biology major. I loved learning about Asian history and art, and Shakespeare and child psychology, as well as meeting classmates from different backgrounds. Before my fourth year at UC-Davis Medical School, I took a year off and worked as the medical education coordinator in over 20 developing countries with Project Orbis. That year was pivotal in my decision to become an ophthalmologist. I met so many eye doctors who felt fulfilled with their work and I saw so much good being done in the clinics and operating rooms. Following my ophthalmology residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, I received a grant and traveled to India to perform cataract surgery and to work in the clinics at Aravind Eye Hospital with the Seva Foundation. It's hard to believe that I have been in practice as a general ophthalmologist in Santa Rosa for over 20 years! I truly appreciate the wonderful opportunity to get to know my patients and their families over time. On a given day at the office, I might measure a 3-year old child's eye alignment , drain a lid lesion in a middle-aged woman, and evaluate a man in his 80's for cataract surgery. I find it especially touching when I see elderly couples having their eye exams together (I encourage them to make it a date and go out to eat afterwards!), or a devoted son or daughter bringing in their parent. Although the science of medicine and the puzzle of a diagnosis offer never-ending stimulus and challenge, I enjoy how my work allows me the chance to improve the quality of a patient's life. I encourage my patients to ask questions, to consider preventive approaches, and to be involved in their overall health care. Brushing up on my Spanish has improved my communication skills. I remind myself daily that everyone has the need to be heard, understood, and treated with respect. Behind every ophthalmologist is an amazing support staff. I am proud of our excellent team at ECI/NCMA. It is only with their help that I can work with a smile, at least most of the time! They are here to assist you as well.
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This content was provided by Dr. Wong "Although the science of medicine and the puzzle of a diagnosis offer never-ending stimulus and challenge, I enjoy how my work allows me the chance to improve the quality of a patient?s life. I encourage my patients to ask questions, to consider preventive approaches, and to be involved in their overall health care. Brushing up on my Spanish has improved my communication skills. I remind myself daily that everyone has the need to be heard, understood, and treated with respect."
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Blocked Tear Duct
Cataract Surgery Complications
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Diabetic Eye Disease
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Ectropion of Eyelid
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Cataract Removal Surgery
Excision of Chalazion
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
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Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
University Of California At Davis / School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1986
Mercy Medical Center, San Diego
Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
University Of California Medical Center, San Francisco
Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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