Dr. Shahem Kawji, MD

Ophthalmology •  Male • Age 42
  
Dr. Kawji

Newport Retina & Macular Degeneration Center

20072 Sw Birch St Ste 260 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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(949) 427-2020

Dr. Shahem Kawji, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Newport Beach, CA and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Aleppo / Faculty of Medicine medical school in 2000. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Children's Hospital Of Orange County and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kawji to book an appointment.


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Dr. Kawji accepts the following insurance:

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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Kawji's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Diplopia
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Dr. Kawji treats Diplopia more than 61% of his peers

Dr. Kawji treats this condition more than 61% of his peers

Vitreoretinal Surgery
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Dr. Kawji performs Vitreoretinal Surgery more than 40% of his peers

Dr. Kawji performs this procedure more than 40% of his peers

Eyelid Disorders
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Dr. Kawji treats Eyelid Disorders more than 14% of his peers

Dr. Kawji treats this condition more than 14% of his peers

Dr. Kawji's conditions and procedures:

  • 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
  • Corneal Diseases
  • 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 Injuries
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • 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
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. Kawji's Reviews

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4.9

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Highly recommend. Searching for eye Dr. late night on holiday weekend due to retina detachment symptoms and Dr. Kawji responded immediately to my inquiry (11pm). Exam and assessment was very thorough, office staff very pleasant, and, as others comment, Dr. Kawji's bedside manner is courteous and comforting. Left feeling I had found the best Dr. for an important medical condition.
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BG – Jul 11, 2020
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Dr. Kawji is professional, effective and proficient. His office is very clean and his staff are courteous and efficient. The procedure on my eye was well explained. I highly recommend Dr. Kawji for his medical expertise.
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Dale S. – Jun 20, 2020
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Very impressed with Dr. Kawji and how he runs his practice. I got in within 10 minutes and was actually seen by him, not just put in a holding room with another wait time. He was knowledgeable and gave a very thorough exam. In my case, I had recently started seeing crescent shaped flashes of light around the left perimeter of one of my eyes. He did all the necessary tests and then gave me peace of mind that it was a common result of my eyes aging and not my retina detaching or being pulled. My insurance has a very high deductible ($8500.00) so I paid cash for the exam which included the tests and the consultation...$300.00 which I thought was reasonable. I would highly recommend Dr. Kwaji. I was also given a next day appointment.
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D. Mathison – Mar 14, 2020
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Dr. Kawji is highly competent, has an excellent bedside manner and is very accomodating. Me and my wife have used Dr. Kawji and have had the same experience. I can easily recommend him.
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Dec 22, 2019
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I was referred by another physician who spoke very highly of Dr. Kawji and now I know why. He repaired retinal tears in my eyes and saved my vision. He is kind and he cares about his patients and is a top physician. If you go to him you are treated with kindness and respect and he cares about every patient. Something that seems to be rare these days of massive corporations making medicine a profit machine and not serving the needs of the patient.
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Pam Moss – Sep 05, 2019
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Excellent doctor with great credentials and friendly staff. Appointments are always on time and he has a professional and caring bedside manner. I had been to another ophthalmologist who gave me a 20% success rate for a Stage 4 macular hole that I had left untreated for a year. Dr. Kawji gave me a 50% success rate and succeeded. I couldn't be happier with the results. Highly recommended.
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May 10, 2019
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He is an expert in his field, excellent bedside manner.
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Apr 26, 2019
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My father and I been to Dr.Kawji's center several times. Dr.Kawji is the best. I highly recommend him to anyone. He is patient and down to earth. He listens to you, makes sure to explain everything and answers all of your questions.
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Apr 26, 2019
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Dr. Kawji and team were of the utmost professionalism during my visit. At. Time when I was concerned about the state of my eyes due to Diabetes, Dr. Kawji understood my anxiety and put me at ease by explaining what he was looking for and finding step by step. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. Will be in for the next check-up when needed.
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Apr 24, 2019
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Amy Mahar in Santa Ana, CA – Jan 30, 2019
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Dr. Kawji saw me on an emergency basis in his office. I had emailed him at 10:00pm with concerns about a possible detached retina. He saw me the next morning and performed a thorough exam. Fortunately it turned out ok. I found him to be extremely helpful and kind. He explained my situation thoroughly. He is a wonderful doctor.
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Dec 15, 2018
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As many have mentioned, Dr. Kawji saw me the same day for a potential tear. He fit me in with minimal waiting, examined me, and treated the tear with laser. He was so nice and gentle with the exam and laser. I would definitely recommend him again.
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Costa Mesa, CA – Nov 22, 2018
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My experience with Dr. Kawji was above 5-Star. His compassion and ability to see me as an emergency was truly meaningful. He cares deeply about his work and his ability to help patients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to all of my peers.
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Meredith Rattay in Irvine, CA – Nov 05, 2018
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Dr. Kawji is a real doctor and a great human being. He saved my eye sight after another doctor made a huge error that almost cost me my vision. Dr. Kawji loves his job and it shows. He took the oath and he truly puts patients first!
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Dee in Huntington Beach , CA – Jun 08, 2018
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I had an eye problem while out of the country and Dr. Kawji Was nice enough to see me on emergency basis. He was very reassuring knowledgeable and thorough. He was highly recommended by my ophthalmologist and I’m so glad that I was able to him on such short notice. His office staff is very nice and accommodating.
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Lori in CA – May 17, 2018
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I was in a panic when I called Dr. Kawji's office because I had read that what I was experiencing (Posterior vitreous detachment) could be serious and to seek immediate professional help. The receptionist was very helpful and Dr. Kawji saw right away. He was very thorough with his examination and clearly explained to me what was happening with my eye. I feel very confident in continuing treatment for my condition with Dr. Kawji.
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A. Dobyns in Mission Viejo, CA – Feb 14, 2018
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I can't imagine a better eye / retinal specialist. Dr. Kawji is not only extremely competent, but is a very caring, compassionate man. I highly recommend him.
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Feb 12, 2018
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I suffered a retinal tear on a Friday night of a holiday weekend. Dr. Kawji came into his office at 7 pm to assess and provide medical care. He was extremely compassionate and caring. Wonderful physician.
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Nancy in Seal Beach – Jan 06, 2018
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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.
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Larry D in Laguna Niguel, CA – Oct 20, 2017
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Dr. Shahem Kawji, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Newport Beach, CA and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Aleppo / Faculty of Medicine medical school in 2000. He is affiliated with medical fac...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

2011
IU Health University
Residency Hospital
2007
University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine
Fellowship Hospital
2006
University of Texas, Houston
Residency Hospital
2003
University of Texas, Houston
Internship Hospital
2000
University of Aleppo / Faculty of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English

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Newport Retina & Macular Degeneration Center

Main Office20072 Sw Birch St Ste 260 Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Children's Hospital Of Orange County

Orange, CA

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

62% Patient experience rating, 7% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)