UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
by name
Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Hennein, Lauren Huang, Alex A. Huang, Lingling Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Clinic Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease Uveitis
Bobby S. Korn, MD, PhD

Bobby S. Korn, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery
Board Certification in Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Ocular Oncology, Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Thyroid Eye Clinic
Medical School University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School (M.D. & Ph.D.)
Residency University of California, San Diego (Chief Resident)
Fellowship University of California, San Diego
Special Interest Cosmetic & reconstructive surgery (eyelid & face) Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery) Ptosis surgery (droopy lid surgery) Congenital ptosis surgery (frontalis advancement flap) Asian Blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery) Congenital birth defects Endoscopic forehead lifting Thyroid eye disease management Optic nerve sheath fenestration/decompression Eyelid & orbital tumors & cancers Lacrimal/tear outflow system disorders Bulging or proptosis of eyes Reconstruction of eyelids post cancer removal Reconstruction after trauma / eye injuries Botox, Restylane, Juvederm & facial fillers Skin rejuvenation – chemical peel
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Bobby S. Korn, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery. Dr. Korn completed his undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then attended the medical scientist-training program (M.D./Ph.D.) at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School where he studied under 2 Nobel Laureates.  He completed his ophthalmology residency, serving as the Chief Resident and completed fellowship training in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSD. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.  He recently completed the UCSD Health Leadership Academy.  Dr. Korn's San Diego and La Jolla based practice is limited to oculoplastic surgery.

Dr. Korn has a wide range of clinical interests that span oculoplastic conditions including cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid and face (blepharoplasty and ptosis repair), congenital ptosis (frontalis advancement flap), management of thyroid eye disease, eyelid and orbital tumors and cancers, surgical management of intracranial hypertension (optic nerve sheath fenestration), disorders of the lacrimal outflow system, congenital birth defects, endoscopic forehead lifting, bulging or proptosis of eyes, reconstruction of eyelids post cancer removal and after trauma or injury, orbital fractures, and skin rejuvenation with chemical peels, Botox, and dermal fillers.  He also specializes in endoscopic tear duct reconstruction which is a technique to rebuild the tear duct through the nose while avoiding an unsightly skin incision.  He has been selected by his peers as a Top Physician by U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly, Ltd, Best Doctor in San Diego Physician's of Exceptional Excellence and Best Doctors of America.  

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Korn is an active researcher and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and is the Chief Editor of the book, Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery now in its 2nd Edition. Dr. Korn is on the editorial board of EyeNet Magazine and serves as Chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Basic and Clinical Sciences Series for Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery  He is Associate Editor for the journal Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  He is the recipient of multiple awards including: American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology Secreteriat Award, ASOPRS Research Award, Marvin Quickert Thesis Award, Star Award by AAO, Outstanding Teaching Awards from Medical Student and Residents.  Dr. Korn given over 170 lectures at the local;, national and international level. In his free time, he is a volunteer surgeon locally and internationally.


Grateful For Small Things, Big Things, and Everything In Between

Grateful For Small Things, Big Things, and Everything In Between

Thank you so so much for taking care of my grandma with a successful surgery and bringing her one big step closer to being able to see again. We are very thankful and fortunate to have been under the care of such an experienced and distinguished doctor such as yourself.  We are beyond grateful and appreciate you and your team. 


Sincerely, Krystie Diaz (Maxima's Grand-Daughter)


Professional, impeccably skilled, confident yet humble

"Over the last 20 years I have done a number of surgeries at multiple medical facilities over the country, and have been cared for by many doctors. Dr. Korn is one of the very best physicians I have encountered.


Professional in demeanor and impeccably skilled in oculofacial surgical arts, Dr. Korn has a keen perception of individual patient needs and renders flexibility in assessing and delivering medical care. He listens to his patients carefully and observes unobtrusively, and, despite his eminence and accomplishments, never came across as egocentric as some surgeons do. Confident yet humbled, caring and mild-mannered, Dr. Korn seems to encompass a range of intellect and emotions that allows him to connect well with his patients at a level that reflects understanding of and sensitivity to the psychological attributes of both male and female patients, making patients feel understood and respected. Dr. Korn performs surgeries for both pediatric and adult patients in both reconstructive and cosmetic settings, with impressive online and internal reviews from parents as well as elderly patients. His friendliness at times could mask his professional essence, making him resembles a benevolent brother figure--an image that sometimes may cause concerns (as if surgeons are supposed to be more distant or stoic than friendly) but which I think would help nurture trust and comfort level with patients. Dr. Korn also mentors medical students, residents, and fellows, a blessing that will comfort and reassure many that a culture of compassionate medicine practice can pass on to the next generations of doctors, regardless of many existing and foreseeable hurdles encumbering our society's health care system. I take comfort in knowing there will be more Dr. Korns helping Boomers like me as well as Gen Zers like my kids in college and  grad school."


Thank you.



I am forever grateful that you saved my eye!

I am forever grateful that you saved my eye!

Dear Dr. Korn, Dr. Granet and the Shiley Eye Center UCSD:
I have thought thousands of times about how both unlucky and lucky I have been in the last year. The unlucky part, was when I was struck in the eye with a baseball while pitching, a smoked line drive hit. Something that rarely happens, but it happened to me. The lucky part was being treated by you and the Shiley Eye Center medical team that put me back together, and the blessings from something greater, not of this earth. You both were the key part of the medical team that put me back together and saved my eye. I am forever grateful for you and for having the sheer luck of living near UCSD and getting the best medical care I could have possibly received. My family and I are thanking God, you both and the Shiley Eye Center every day for giving me a second chance to live a normal life and continue to chase my dreams. My biggest dream of playing college and pro baseball requires two healthy eyes. I have that again and I will not waste this opportunity. I will continue to work hard to reach my goals and never take for granted that I am one of the lucky ones. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr Korn, Dr. Granet and your team at the Shiley Eye Center, UCSD. I lucked out and got the best care that I could have ever asked for.
- Cadhan Brown

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