David G. Hwang, MD


Dr. David Hwang is an ophthalmologist specializing in corneal, cataract and refractive surgery, with special interests in ocular infectious disease, corneal endothelial dystrophies and diseases, and high-risk corneal transplantation. He is committed to developing innovative techniques and instruments for corneal, cataract and refractive surgery. Hwang has been awarded the Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and has been named to the "Best Doctors in America" list every year since 1996.

A native of Illinois, Hwang obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from UCSF, graduating first in his medical school class in 1984. After a two-year residency in internal medicine and a three-year residency in ophthalmology, both at UCSF, he completed concurrent fellowships in cornea and refractive surgery as well as uveitis at the Doheny Eye Institute. In 1990 he joined the faculty at UCSF, where he holds the Pearl T. Kimura and Samuel J. Kimura Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology. He also serves as co-director of the Cornea Service and the Refractive Surgery Service and holds a joint appointment as associate of the Francis I. Proctor Foundation at UCSF.

Hwang has served in leadership and executive roles in a number of professional organizations, including president of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, executive secretary of the Max Fine Cornea Society, medical director of Ophthalmology at UCSF Medical Center, and medical eye bank director of the UCSF Tissue Bank. He has chaired the joint American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)-Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Task Force for the Use of Vancomycin in Ophthalmology and has served on the writing committee for the Cornea and External Disease volume of the AAO Basic and Clinical Science series, in which he was responsible for authoring and editing the section on ocular infectious and external eye disease.

Hwang's research work includes translational research into cellular transplantation and gene therapy approaches to corneal endothelial disease. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and abstracts and has co-authored two texts in cornea and refractive surgery.

A committed educator, Hwang is active in the teaching of students, residents and fellows at UCSF School of Medicine, and has received the Kimura Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, also an ophthalmologist, and their three sons.


Corneal Disease and Surgery
8 Koret Way, Suite U-545
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-8200
Fax: (415) 514-6919

Laser Vision Center
8 Koret Way, Room U-519
San Francisco, CA 94143–0644
Phone: (415) 353–2020
Fax: (415) 514–6904

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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UCSF 1984


UCSF, Ophthalmology 1989


USC/Doheny Eye Institute, Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery 1990

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Brodie F, Bever G, Hwang DG. Performance of Bio-Occlusive Dressing as Barrier Protection from Presurgical Chlorhexidine Skin Preparation. Curr Eye Res. 2017 Nov 30; 1-4.
  2. Oatts JT, Savar L, Hwang DG. Late extrusion of intrastromal corneal ring segments: A report of two cases. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Dec; 8:67-70.
  3. Moussa K, Leng T, Oatts JT, Bhisitkul RB, Hwang DG, Stewart JM. Manual Removal of Intraocular Lens Silicone Oil Droplets and Dystrophic Calcifications Using a Nitinol Loop: A Case Series. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2017 May 01; 48(5):422-426.
  4. Khuc E, Bainer R, Wolf M, Clay SM, Weisenberger DJ, Kemmer J, Weaver VM, Hwang DG, Chan MF. Comprehensive characterization of DNA methylation changes in Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. PLoS One. 2017; 12(4):e0175112.
  5. Bever GJ, Brodie FL, Hwang DG. Corneal Injury from Presurgical Chlorhexidine Skin Preparation. World Neurosurg. 2016 Dec; 96:610.e1-610.e4.
  6. Seider MI, Hwang DG, Damato BE. Peculiar protuberance. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Dec; 132(12):1483-4.
  7. Fintelmann RE, Kim SK, Hwang DG. Upside-down lens syndrome: ocular complications secondary to inverted implantation of the Kelman Multiflex anterior chamber intraocular lens. Am J Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul; 152(1):122-125.e2.
  8. Stewart WC, Crean CS, Zink RC, Brubaker K, Haque RM, Hwang DG. Pharmacokinetics of azithromycin and moxifloxacin in human conjunctiva and aqueous humor during and after the approved dosing regimens. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Nov; 150(5):744-751.e2.
  9. Rutar T, Hwang DG, Stamper RL. Acute angle-closure glaucoma due to iris transfixation of a subluxated posterior chamber intraocular lens-capsular bag complex. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Sep; 33(9):1662-3.
  10. Bernal MD, Acharya NR, Lietman TM, Strauss EC, McLeod SD, Hwang DG. Outbreak of Fusarium keratitis in soft contact lens wearers in San Francisco. Arch Ophthalmol. 2006 Jul; 124(7):1051-3.
  11. Magone MT, Maric I, Hwang DG. Peripheral interstitial keratitis: a novel manifestation of ocular mastocytosis. Cornea. 2006 Apr; 25(3):364-7.
  12. Naseri A, Forseto AS, Francesconi CM, Hwang DG, Campos M, Nose W. Comparison of topographic corneal irregularity after LASIK and intrastromal corneal ring segments in the same patients. J Refract Surg. 2005 Nov-Dec; 21(6):722-6.
  13. Hsiao CH, Sah WJ, Soya K, Ma DH, Im YW, Zhang F, Hwang DG. Effects of SV40 T antigen transduction on human corneal endothelial cell wound healing in vitro. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2005 Oct; 21(5):353-66.
  14. Sugioka K, Drake JD, Fukuda M, Shimomura Y, Hwang DG. Susceptibility of human corneal endothelial cells to HSV-1 infection. Curr Eye Res. 2005 Oct; 30(10):863-9.
  15. McLeod SD, Mather R, Hwang DG, Margolis TP. Uveitis-associated flap edema and lamellar interface fluid collection after LASIK. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Jun; 139(6):1137-9.
  16. Cheung MC, Nune GC, Hwang DG, Sutter EE, Duncan JL. Acute zonal occult outer retinopathy in a patient with graft-versus-host disease. Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Dec; 138(6):1058-60.
  17. Kuo IC, Lee SM, Hwang DG. Late-onset corneal haze and myopic regression after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Cornea. 2004 May; 23(4):350-5.
  18. Hwang DG. Fluoroquinolone resistance in ophthalmology and the potential role for newer ophthalmic fluoroquinolones. Surv Ophthalmol. 2004 Mar; 49 Suppl 2:S79-83.
  19. Jeng BH, Stewart JM, McLeod SD, Hwang DG. Relapsing diffuse lamellar keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis associated with recurrent erosion syndrome. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004 Mar; 122(3):396-8.
  20. Aldave AJ, Yellore VS, Hwang DG. Atypical vortex pattern of corneal deposits in granular corneal dystrophy. Cornea. 2003 Nov; 22(8):754-9.

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