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Bryan J. Winn


Oculofacial plastic surgeon

Dr. Bryan J. Winn is an ophthalmologist who specializes in oculoplastic surgery: treating disorders of the eyelid, tear drainage system, and orbit (cavity containing the eye). He also performs aesthetic rejuvenation procedures for the face. He takes pride in offering compassionate care that combines his clinical expertise with a warm bedside manner.

Winn studies how the environment, nutrition and the human microbiome (all the microorganisms living on and inside a human body) may play roles in chronic inflammatory eye and orbital diseases.

Winn earned his medical degree at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at UCSF and a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery in Seattle, sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Prior to joining UCSF, Winn served as chief of oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Columbia University. He now also serves as chief of ophthalmology for San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System and a vice chair in the ophthalmology department at UCSF.

Winn has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several book chapters. He frequently lectures at meetings around the globe. He is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, North American Society of Academic Orbital Surgeons and International Thyroid Eye Disease Society.

  • Education

    Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2003

  • Residencies

    UCSF Health, Ophthalmology, 2007

  • Fellowships

    Aesthetic Eye Associates, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

Medicine today often runs like an assembly line in a factory, but I believe there is still a place for the thinker, craftsman and innovator.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    183 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 30, 2023
    Couldn't say enough nice things to say about Dr. Winn. Took so much time with me explaining everything. So knowledgeable and made sure that I understood what he was explaining. Took his time. He never gave the impression that he was hurried
    Jun 13, 2023
    Exceptional detail ctor and medical staff!
    Jun 13, 2023
    The doctor and all the other staff are excellent and very professional.
    May 25, 2023
    Dr. Winn's Fellow was really adept at demonstrating the issue and Dr. Winn discussed the choice of stitches (because of a genetic issue) very clearly even though it was not his usual choice. I deeply appreciated the directness and care.
    Apr 11, 2023
    All very good
    Mar 30, 2023
    Dr. Winn is wonderful.
    Mar 29, 2023
    I liked Dr. Winn so much more than other providers I've had that I asked to have him as my provider for next eye treatments at UCSF.
    Mar 15, 2023
    Everyone that we have dealt with at UCSF has been so incredibly nice from the doctors to the people working at the front desk to those answering the phones. Being from a small town we thought the care in a large city would be very impersonal but it has been just the opposite. We have had only two in person appointments so far we got to both about a half hour early and we were called into start our appointment both times about 20 minutes before our scheduled appointment times. We've definitely never seen that before. We are so happy we were referred to UCSF.
    Mar 14, 2023
    Very professional
    Mar 08, 2023
    Dr. Winn was very helpful and explained the procedure very well.
    Mar 02, 2023
    Terrific physician
    Feb 03, 2023
    The wait time is too long. I drive 6 hours round trip. It's really not worth my time.
    Jan 01, 2023
    Dr. Winn is a great communicator and a highly skilled surgeon. His easy manner and calm confidence make any appointment comfortable and successful.
    Nov 26, 2022
    I am grateful that Dr Winn made time to talk about so many things even when it was clear that he was having a very busy day. We used our time very well. I appreciate that Dr Winn explained details of the surgery we are considering. He listens to my concerns. Dr Winn has always shown me a great deal of kindness.
    Nov 15, 2022
    Dr Winn was wonderful. Comforting and professional. I'm delighted to be in his care
    Oct 26, 2022
    Excellent interactive skills besides being terrific doctor
    Oct 11, 2022
    Dr. Winn is a great listener and he understands the things I worry about. That really helps me to feel calmer and to make informed decisions. He's helped get me through my cancer diagnosis and treatment and I couldn't have faced any of this without his support. Now I'm going through life after treatment. That includes checking for recurrences but I was surprised to find that there was more than just living in fear. I've got punctal plugs and I may even have a little cosmetic work. I'm not an optimist by nature but I do feel much more positive about my health.
    Sep 10, 2022
    Was thoughtful and thorough. Dr. Winn provided excellent care.
    Sep 09, 2022
    My appointment was very good
    Sep 09, 2022
    I was at ease and impressed with my experience!
    Aug 23, 2022
    Amazing He actually took the time to listen read my case understand the weird nuances and help me get back on track after a provider messed up my face
    Jul 26, 2022
    The doctors were very caring but I don't think they knew really how my husband was getting overwhelmed at the whole process which looking back I should have spoken up more
    Jul 26, 2022
    Exceptional and outstanding physician. Extremely caring. Thank you Dr. Winn
    May 18, 2022
    Amazing Doctor very knowledgeable and very thoughtful and kind. Taking all the time to explain. Outstanding procedure done.
    Apr 28, 2022
    Dr. Winn is always informative and also very patient with my questions and concerns. He explains the current and future plans clearly and invites my input. He is also very friendly and has great bedside manner.
    Apr 12, 2022
    As stated. Good care but horrible wait due to no communication or acknowledgment fir the delays- wait time. My driver is in the streets waiting for me to call. Does not like valet
    Apr 12, 2022
    Dr Winn always spends a lot of time answering my questions. He's a very good listener and he answers my questions with precision and insight. I can talk to him about anything and I know he'll take me seriously even if I'm worried or upset. Dr Winn always treats my concerns with respect and he's very kind to me. It's a gift to have a doctor like that
    Mar 29, 2022
    As a patient and a student I have never met a provider who kept true to their every word understandably due to the number of patients providers face daily. At his caliber I am still in awe of how humble genuine and compassionate he is. After seeing him for close to a year with a condition that will not go away I somehow do not feel compelled to seek someone else demonstrating his profound skill at developing trust and never leaving patients hanging. Thank you Dr. Winn for changing my life and for being a fantastic role model.
    Jan 25, 2022
    All very well I'm happy
    Sep 29, 2021
    Initially I was highly recommended and referred to see Dr. Winn. Except being my stubborn self and tight schedule I wanted my symptoms resolved as quickly as possible. Little did I know I was destined to see him and it is seriously the best decision of my life. On my very first visit with him he provided me with immediate relief was super considerate took the initiative of setting up my surgery and made my surgery actually happen (after waiting a year). I still can't believe he held true to every promise. It's because of him I am no longer typing SOAP notes with one eye open seeing doubles of vasculature in cadavers etc. And it's true even with so much on his plate he somehow always has a smile on his face and beams of happiness radiating from his eyes (no pun intended). I have no idea how he does it. You will not experience many physicians like himself (I know this as a fact since I see attendings nearly every day) so please from the bottom of my heart you will not regret receiving care from Dr. Winn!
    Sep 24, 2021
    I came in for an appointment because I was worried that my cancer had returned and I am very grateful that Dr Winn spent a lot of time listening to my concerns. He treated what I had to say with respect. We discussed his observations my feelings and what tests would be useful under the circumstances. We also talked about further treatment options if there was evidence of cancer. I've never had a serious illness before and sometimes it seems overwhelming. Dr Winn listens to me and explains everything in detail and that gives me the sense that this is something I can face.
    Sep 14, 2021
    Referral scheduling was not made according to the promise.
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