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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.
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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
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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
Don O. Kikkawa, MD, FACS

Don O. Kikkawa, MD, FACS

Dr. Trude Kahn Hollander Chair in Ophthalmology
Vice-Chair, Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology
Chief, Division of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Surgery (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 St. Louis University School of Medicine
Residency University of California, Los Angeles
Fellowship University of Wisconsin, Madison
Special Interest Oculofacial surgery; Eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery; Thyroid eye disease (orbital decompression and eyelid surgery); Craniofacial disorders involving the eyelids and orbits; Orbital and eyelid tumors; Facial aesthetics - soft tissue fillers and injectables.
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Don O. Kikkawa, MD, FACS is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Chief of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Vice Chairman at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Department of Ophthalmology and UCSD Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla. Dr. Kikkawa joined the UCSD Ophthalmology faculty in 1993 and is co-director of the UCSD Thyroid Eye Center and also a former program director of UCSD's ophthalmology residency.

Dr. Kikkawa earned a BA (magna cum laude) in biochemistry from UCSD, La Jolla and an MD (magna cum laude) from St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his internship at the UCSD, his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute (UCLA) and a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Kikkawa's clinical interests include aesthetic and reconstructive oculofacial surgery; orbital surgery; thyroid orbitopathy; craniofacial disorders involving the eyelids and orbits; and tumors.

His professional activities include: President, ASOPRS (2014); Director, ASOPRS Accredited Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship; Vice President (2012) and President Elect (2013) of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS); Scientific Program Chairman, ASOPRS 2010; Program Chairman American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Inaugural Oculofacial Subspecialty Day, 2010; Oculoplastic Program Coordinator, World Ophthalmology Congress, Abu Dhabi, 2012; Program Chairman, ASOPRS Spring Meeting, 2009; Medical Advisory Board, American Society of Ocularists; and volunteer surgeon for DOCS (Doctors Offering Charitable Services) and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Dr.Kikkawa has also served as an Instructional Course director at several AAO Annual Meetings and was AAO LEO Chair in 2007.

Dr. Kikkawa is on the editorial board of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (OPRS) and serves as scientific referee for several other important ophthalmology journals. He has numerous publications and has authored or contributed to several important titles on ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery including: Clinical Atlas of Procedures in Ophthalmic and Oculofacial Surgery (Section Editor), Ophthalmology Clinical and Surgical Principles, Color Atlas of Oculoplastic Surgery and Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Midfacial Rejuvenation.

He has been invited to lecture at many national and international symposia: among them the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the World Ophthalmology Congress, the Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the National Graves Foundation.

Dr. Kikkawa's many honors include: Best Doctor’s in America; America's Top Doctor; San Diego Magazine’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence; AAO's Senior Achievement Award; the Marvin H. Quickert Thesis Award; the ASOPRS Research Award; and the Lester T. Jones Surgical Anatomy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


The Shiley Eye Center was able to help me when no other doctors could.

The Shiley Eye Center was able to help me when no other doctors could.

One of my co-workers at the University of San Diego told me she saw an interview on the news one morning with Dr. Kikkawa. She knew of my Graves’ Disease and thought I should give it a shot. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease back in March of 2005. I had a total thyroidectomy in December 2006 but my eyes were still bulging. When I moved to San Diego in 2009 I thought I had no other options because every doctor I spoke with was afraid to do any surgery. I went to the Thyroid Eye Center at Shiley and the doctors told me in the first 20 minutes that they could help. After surgery in June 2010 some of the muscles behind my eyes were restricting some movement so Dr. Granet went back in and made some adjustments with the muscles and I haven’t had another problem since. As a professional tennis coach my eyes mean everything to me. I owe the doctors and the staff at the Shiley Eye Center a great deal of gratitude.

From day one it was the best experience and the staff made me feel very confident that they could help me with my eyes. I wouldn’t be where I am now without everyone’s help at the Thyroid Eye Center at UC San Diego!

Many thanks,
Brett Masi
Head Men’s Tennis Coach, University of San Diego


Very grateful for superb care and kindness.

Marcie and I are very grateful for Dr. Don Kikkawa’s superb care and kindness, and we much appreciated his thoughtful follow-up call.  Denise transferred the call to me so quickly that I had no time to thank her for her kind and patient attention. I am sure that I have come close to driving her crazy, and yet she has been extraordinarily patient and responsive.

I would like to take this opportunity to note that, while all of the Shiley Eye Institute’s staff, including the anesthesiologists, are wonderfully kind and professional. Three individuals with whom Marcie and I have interacted repeatedly – Tony Aranes, RN, Ashley Abney, RN and Michele Littrell, NP – are especially outstanding and noteworthy for their exceptional kindness, professionalism, and knowledge.  They each have a unique ability to induce calm and confidence in patients at times of maximum insecurity and anxiety.

With many many thanks.

Mike Oxman (and Marcie)



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