Dr. Tony Tsai, MD

Dr. Tony Tsai, MD

Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery  |  
Male  |  
45 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Tsai was born in New York City and raised in rural Wisconsin. Since leaving the north woods, he has crisscrossed the country for his education and training, consistently earning recognition along the way for exceptional achievement. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As a student at the prestigious School of Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis, Dr. Tsai's education was fully supported by a merit-based George Wilson Distinguished Student Scholarship. He earned his M.D. and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha with a Merck Manual Award – an award given to three graduates for outstanding academic achievement. He completed his internship at the University of California, San Francisco, before being awarded the Bank of America Giannini Foundation Medical Research Fellowship and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Pediatric Ophthalmology Research Grant to spend two years in the Ocular Oncology Laboratory at UCSF developing improved methods of genetic testing for patients with retinoblastoma. He then headed east for his residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, where he first met his future colleagues, Drs. Joel Pearlman, Rob Equi, and Margaret Chang. He then returned to UCSF to complete his clinical fellowship in ocular oncology in 2006-7. Dr. Tsai has served on the academic faculty at the Wilmer Eye Institute and at UCSF. He has published papers and presented work at national meetings on retinoblastoma, uveal melanoma, and intraocular lymphoma. He has also served as a peer-reviewer for several journals, including Ophthalmology and Archives of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is a past President, Program Chair, and Secretary of the Alta Ophthalmology Society in Sacramento. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Aside from his mission to provide compassionate care for his patients, Dr. Tsai enjoys eating and he tries to compensate for this by indoor rock climbing and chasing after his two young children. On Sundays in the fall, he shows his Wisconsin roots as a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan.

Retinal Consultants Medical Group Inc

3939 J St Ste 106

Sacramento, CA 95819
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

We provide exceptional care and compassionate service to optimize the vision of patients with retinal disease.
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Dr. Tsai's Experience

Dr. Tsai's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acquired Coloboma
  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Melanoma
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Melanoma
  • Floaters
  • Hyphema
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Pars Planitis
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cyclocryotherapy
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Injection
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Iridotomy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Photocoagulation
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • TrueBeam™ Radiosurgery
  • 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.


  • Harvard
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Washington University
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • University of California, San Francisco
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • The Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Retinal Consultants Medical Group-Retinal Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008
  • University Of California Medical Center-Ocular Oncology
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Tsai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Tsai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Tsai to family and friends
based on 54 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Tsai'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 (12)
Folsom, CA |
Dr. Tsai is an outstanding medical professional. He does a very thorough exam and takes the time to explain the alternative treatments with no pressure to the patient to make a decision if surgery of the eye is required. He also does excellent follow up exams post-surgery to make sure that I was recuperating well and improving my vision. the staff and nurses are very courteous and nice to deal with. I highly recommend Dr. Tsai.
in Fair Oaks, CA |
I saw Dr Tsai for the first time this today. He was both knowledgeable and extremely professional and easy to speak with. His exam seemed thorough and he has an excellent staff, also very competent and comfortable to speak with. I have no issues recommending their referral. (My concern is regarding a spot located at the back of a retina.) Glad to have been referred by my Opthamoligist! Feel as if I am carefully being overviewed!
Davis, CA |
A true professional--careful, detailed exam, clear explanation of treatment plan and follow-up. Staff very efficient.
in Cottonwood, CA |
I was a VA patient transferred To Dr Tsai for a torn Retina. Amber went above and beyond helping me getting the necessary paperwork processed. Dr Tsai and the staff were amazing, my procedure was completely explained to me and the preformed with the utmost professionalism. I would highly recommend Dr Tsai and I will, if need be, see him again.
in Livingston, TX |
Dr. Tsai is an unbelievable surgeon. So, so good. Fixed my eye in one visit. He is very competent, excellent bedside manner. and I would not hesitate to recommend hi to family and friends.
in citrus heights |
Dr. Tsai was very thorough, compassionate and I would feel very confident to refer my family and friends. The technicians were awesome, friendly, I felt comfortable and I couldn't believe all the tests I had to have done, were done right there in their office!! Thank you, Deb McDonald
in Grass Valley |
Dr. Tsai is unquestionably an excellent surgeon and successfully addressed my problem with great skill. But, he also very personable, respectful and kind. I so appreciated him! My only issue with the office was a long wait time.
in Sacramento, CA |
Dr. Tsai is on time, professional, friendly and compassionate. I have had multiple shots in one eye and that is ALWAYS a stressful experience. Dr. Tsai makes it as pleasant as possible. Luckily he has helped me improve to the point I have not required a shot in several years now!
Paradise, CA |
Very caring and knowledgeable.
in Redding, CA |
I just had Vitrectomy surgery to repair a macular hole two weeks ago. I had a lot of anxiety going in for the surgery but from the moment I entered the building on Greenback Lane, everyone was so wonderful! Dr. Tsai and all of the staff were so friendly and competent, explaining everything that was going to happen in great detail, my anxiety soon disappeared. The drugs probably helped a bit, too! :) I just had my first follow-up with Dr. Tsai and my eye is doing really well! Excellent job!!
in Ciarmichael, CA |
I not only like this doctor, I consider him to be a miracle worker. Appparently, he is able to stop macular degeneration (wet kind) in its tracks. I certainly recommend him for any eye problems you may be experiencing.
in Stockton, CA |
I visited with Dr. Tsai the day after cataract surgery and found him to be a very patient, relaxing and well spoken man. He answered all my questions and helped to ease my concerns. He did not rush me out of the exam room like some do. Can't wait to visit with him again.
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4001 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
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