Dr. Shahem Kawji, MD

Dr. Shahem Kawji, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 39
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Shahem Kawji, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Newport Beach, CA. He is 39 years old and has been practicing for 17 years. Dr. Kawji is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Orange County, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center and Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

20072 SW Birch St Ste 260

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • 2 More

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Retinal Ischemia
more than 67% of peers
Diabetic Retinopathy
more than 54% of peers
Vitreous Hemorrhage
more than 52% of peers

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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Trauma
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Parasitic Endophthalmitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Still's Disease
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Fluorscein Angiography
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Vitrectomy
  • 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.


  • University Of Aleppo / Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • Indiana University / School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • University Of Texas At Houston / Medical School At Houston
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kawji has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kawji's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kawji to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (15 with comments)
Dr. Kawji'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 (15)
in Laguna Niguel, CA |
Dr. Kawji saw my husband on the day of our first call to the office when he was not even scheduled to be there. He took the time to explain exactly what was going on and we are scheduled for surgery next week. Dr. Kawji is well trained and certainly devoted to patient care.
Lake Forest, CA |
efficient helpful caring
in Newport Beach |
Dr. Kawji was extremely competent and caring! His treatment and follow up were excellent. Five stars are not enough!!
Murrieta, CA |
I developed floaters in my right eye on a Thursday morning. And then I started seeing the flashing light in that eye. Knowing that could mean a detached retina I became frantic and tried to get in to see my regular eye doctor. I called several places, including my healthcare provider trying to be seen. No one would see me. I googled to see if there was anywhere opened on a Saturday. I found Dr Kawji and called him. Not open on Saturday, he still saw me. I am changing my plan so he can be my Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA |
I am visiting from PA and over the past weekend woke up with a very inflamed eye and blurry vision. An ER doctor recommended I see Dr Kawji for followup. I called him Sunday and Dr K was able to see me first thing today (Monday). He really listened to me, was very thorough and gentle in his exam, explained everything, and was very kind and reassuring. His assistant was very helpful and the office is spotless. I definitely recommend him!
in Orange, CA |
An outstanding doctor in ALL respects. Thank You Dr. Kawji. Michael and Dolores Davis
in Irvine, CA |
I went to the ER Friday because of my left eye bleeding. The ER physician contacted Dr. Kawji who encouraged me to come in. During the exam, he was gentle and would stop anytime something hurt (which I greatly appreciate). He called to check up on me a couple times over the weekend and when I was concerned, he was willing to see me on Sunday. He has been very professional yet extremely caring and able to put my mind at ease. Thank you Dr. Kawji for going above and beyond any expectations.
Huntington Beach, CA |
We were recommended by our P.A. at the Newport Beach Hoag E.R. to see Dr. Kawji because our son had abrasions in both eyes the day before Easter. We were so fortunate that Dr. Kawji saw us on Easter Sunday, and he was able to comfort us about my son's condition, which healed in days with the prescribed drops and ointment. We are just grateful that Dr. Kawji was considerate to sacrifice some of his time for us that day, and we will certainly recommend him to all of our friends and family.
Irvine, CA |
Dr. Kawji is a hands-on doctor that performs the necessary diagnostic tests HIMSELF in place of using a technician. Very thorough exam explaining as he goes along what he is doing and why. Would recommend him to family/friends.
in Laguna Beach, CA |
Dr. Kawji is an amazing man. Not only is he thoroughly knowledgeable about his field, he is very down-to-earth and takes a great personal interest in his patients. I am so grateful to have him as my retina doctor.
in Costa Mesa, CA |
office staff very nice and he was was right on time every time and explained things so i could understand them
in Incline Village, NV |
Very pleasant and helpful in explaining what he was doing. On time and efficient.
in Irvine, CA |
Dr. Kawji is very thorough and the consummate professional. He was patient and took the time to explain his diagnosis and my options.
in West Covina, CA |
Dr. Kawji was very professional and knowledgeable. He listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions. He explained everything in detail. He was very friendly and did not rush the appointment. He made sure all my concerns were heard. I felt comfortable talking to Dr. Kawji. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
in Placentia, CA |
I had a retinal hemmorage while out of the country on vacation. I flew home late sunday night, and although I was not his patient, he agreed to see me first thing on sunday morning. He examined me, and was extremely helpful and informative. It is clear he really cares about his patients.
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Dr. Kawji accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Cigna
    Open Access
  • Health Net
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Medicare Supplement - Plan B
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Kawji has admitting privileges

Children's Hospital of Orange County
1201 W La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868
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Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center
17100 Euclid St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
1 Hoag Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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