Dr. William DeLaPena, MD

Dr. William DeLaPena, MD

Cataract Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 63
Dr. William DeLaPena, MD is a cataract surgery specialist in Montebello, CA and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Facultad De Medicina in 1975 and specializes in cataract surgery, anterior segment ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

2446 W Whittier Blvd

Montebello, CA 90640

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • LACare
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Top Care Areas

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Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eye Infections
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. DeLaPena's bio

This content was provided by Dr. DeLaPena "The Honorable William De La Peña, M.D., Dr. (h.c.) is a professor of ophthalmology, founder and medical director of the De La Peña Eye Clinic's throughout Southern California,which is one of the private practices in California . He has served as Regent of the University of California and Governor of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. After graduating first in his class at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of California-Irvine, followed by two one-year fellowships in cornea at Louisiana State University and the University of London. Dr. De La Peña is founder and president of the Fundacion Oftalmologica De La Peña, and the founder and Chairman of the Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ALACCSA-R), non-profit organizations dedicated to the education of ophthalmology throughout the world. He was also a founder and Chair of the World Federation of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has lectured extensively throughout the world for the last 30 years. Dr. De La Peña was appointed by Pres. George W. Bush, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Regent to the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, where he was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal. He served as a Special Delegate to the United Nations. Dr. De La Peña was appointed in 2006 by Governor Schwarzenegger to a 12-year term as a Regent for the University of California. Other interests and business activities include the media and soccer. He served as Chairman of the Professional Division of the U.S. Soccer Federation, and owned two professional soccer teams. He owned and served as CEO for two television networks in the U.S. Academic Degrees American School Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico, B.S., 1971 Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, M.D., 1975 Internship University of California, Irvine, Rotating Internship, 1975-1977 University of California, Irvine, Psychiatry, 1976-1977 Residency University of California, Irvine, Ophthalmology, 1977-1980 Fellowships Moorfields Eye Institute, University of London, England, Cornea and External Disease, 1980-1981 Louisiana State University, Cornea, 1981-1982 Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology Awards and Honors Best student of graduating medical school class Professor of Ophthalmology, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico Doctor Honoris Causa, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico Chairman and Honorary President – ALACCSA (Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons) Founder and president of the World Federation of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons President Professional Division US Soccer Federation Board Member US Soccer Foundation Medal of Honor SECOIR (Spanish Society of Cataract and Intraocular Lens Surgeons) President of the Pan American Ophthalmology Foundation The Pan American Ophthalmology Association Edward Maumenee Distinguished Service Award Achievement Award American Academy of Ophtalmology Regent, USUHS (Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate) Distinguished Service Medal, USUHS (Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland) Multiple Honorary memberships in Latin American Opthalmological Societies Regent, University of California, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and confirmed by the California State Senate Governor of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, LLC. Special Representative of the United States to the United Nations Memberships American Academy of Ophthalmology American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ALACCSA-R) "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. DeLaPena "Our Promise

Is to offer the patients of our community excellence in eye care through  highly specialized Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and staff with access to the latest technological equipment, where our patients will be treated in a family setting with respect, warmth and honesty.

Our Vision

To remain a leading eye care provider for the community in Southern California"

3  Specialties

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Cornea & External Diseases

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

20  Conditions Treated

6  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

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.


  • Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Facultad De Medicina
    Medical School | Graduated 1975
  • University Of California, Irvine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • University Of California, Irvine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Louisiana State University / School Of Medicine In New Orleans
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital, University Of London
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. DeLaPena has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. DeLaPena's Reviews

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

Likelihood to Recommend (2)

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Dr. DeLaPena'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
Dr. DeLaPena Says:

Thank you most kindly for your review.


Patient Comments (1)

The service and my treatment was right on. The doctor treated me like his family. Very understanding. I had glasses made, great selection.
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