Dr. Sanford Chen, MD

Dr. Sanford Chen, MD

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Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
53 y/o
24 reviews

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  • Aetna
  • Benesys
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HAP Insurance
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Managed Care (Non-HMO)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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We offer some of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical trials in Southern California to provide our patients with the benefits of the latest medical advances. Our five convenient locations are backed by extensive hospital and surgery center affiliations throughout Orange County.Read more

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Sanford Chen, M.D. is a board-certified vitreoretinal surgeon who has been a partner at Orange County Retina since 1993. Dr....Read more

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Sanford Chen, M.D. is a board-certified vitreoretinal surgeon who has been a partner at Orange County Retina since 1993.

Dr. Chen received his medical degree at the age of 23 from an accelerated Premedical–Medical program at the University of Michigan. This was followed with an internship in internal medicine at Yale. Dr. Chen’s ophthalmology residency was completed at the Scheie Eye Institute – University of Pennsylvania. While performing his retina fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye Infirmary – Harvard Medical School, he was also granted an academic research fellowship at the Eye Research Institute.

Dr. Chen is a nationally and internationally recognized retina specialist who is actively involved in clinical research. He has participated as principal investigator in over 30 multicenter trials. Complimenting his research endeavors, Dr. Chen serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. He is also a consultant to many biotech, surgical, and pharmaceutical companies involved in the development of new treatments, surgical techniques, and instrumentation. He has particular expertise in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and surgical management of macular pathology.

Dr. Chen is also a contributor to medical literature having authored abstracts, original papers, and book chapters. He serves as a scientific editorial reviewer for Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Chen has been widely recognized by his professional colleagues and peers, by being listed in “Physicians of Excellence,” “Best Doctors,” and “Who’s Who lists” on an annual basis. He has been featured on national syndicated television shows such as “The Doctors.” He also serves as a team retinal surgeon to the Anaheim Ducks (National Hockey League).

Dr. Chen lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife and baby daughter. His hobbies include ice hockey, skiing, golf, and piano. He enjoys giving back to his community and participates in several volunteer organizations and has performed medical missionary services to Armenia and China. 

Dr. Chen's Care Philosophy

We offer some of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical trials in Southern California to provide our patients with the benefits of the latest medical advances. Our five convenient locations are backed by extensive hospital and surgery center affiliations throughout Orange County. 

Dr. Chen'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

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Doctors of Excellence - Best of Orange County, January 06
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Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Accidental Eye Injuries
  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chemical Burn - Eyes
  • Chronic Eye Diseases
  • Color Blindness
  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dilatation
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Palsy
  • Eye Strain
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Dystrophy
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Nerve Disorder
  • Poor Color Vision
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Refractive Error
  • Refractive Eye Disorders
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Michigan Medical School

    Graduated in 1987

  • Internship Hospital
    Yale University School Of Med

    Completed in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    University Penn Scheie Eye Institute

    Completed in 1991

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Harvard University Mass Eye and Ear Infirm

    Completed in 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Testing
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery