Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 45
Dr. MICHAEL SAMUEL, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Palm Desert, CA and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine in 1999 and specializes in ophthalmology.

44139 Monterey Ave Ste A

Palm Desert, CA 92260

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • LACare
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Diabetic Retinopathy
very high
more than 92% of peers
Macular Hole
very high
more than 91% of peers
Macular Edema
very high
more than 91% of peers

Dr. SAMUEL's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. SAMUEL "Treat patient like they are family. My cell number is on my business card."

1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

38  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blindness
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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6  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Surgery
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • 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.


  • Capital University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Mount Carmel Health
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Henry Ford Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Lac+Usc Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
    Other Education | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. SAMUEL has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. SAMUEL's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. SAMUEL to family and friends
15 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. SAMUEL's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

I was interested in becoming part of an experimental group at USC exploring the use of stem cells for the treatment of dry macular degeneration. On the basis of Dr. Samuel's evaluation, I was accepted. After two days of testing they and I discovered his acuity evaluation was totally inaccurate...more
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