Kevin Tan, MD, MS


UC San Diego, Shiley Eye Institute
La Jolla, CA

Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

Medical School
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Masters in Clinical Research
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Cornell University
Summa cum laude
Ithaca, NY

Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

Dr. Tan is a board-certified eye physician and surgeon who specializes in advanced technology cataract and refractive surgery and has experience with femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, Wavefront LASIK, PRK, and Multifocal, Toric, and Extended depth-of-focus intraocular lens implants. He achieves precise cataract surgery refractive outcomes using ORA® wavefront intraoperative aberrometry technology. He also specializes in minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery, including expertise with iStent® and CyPass® implants.

Dr. Tan completed his internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and received the Intern Award for outstanding patient care. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the esteemed Shiley Eye Institute at the University of California, San Diego in 2013. He received refractive surgery training at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, where he performed PRK and LASIK on Navy pilots and corpsmen. Of his many achievements, Dr. Tan was the first ophthalmology resident at UC San Diego to successfully implant the first accommodating intraocular lens in a patient at the Veterans Hospital in La Jolla, California. He was the first surgeon in San Francisco to implant the Tecnis Symfony® extended depth-of-focus intraocular lens in 2016.

Dr. Tan graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in New York. He received his Medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, graduating in its inaugural class in 2009. He spent a year doing research at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, where his work led to the discovery of faulty bone marrow-derived vasculogenic stem cells in the pathogenesis of retinal neovascularization in diabetic patients. Dr. Tan has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on his translational stem cell research in diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Tan serves on the clinical faculty at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and serves as a voluntary clinical professor for the residency program's Lions Eye Clinic. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is an active member of the San Francisco Medical Society and the California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons.

Dr. Tan is the owner of the practice, which he acquired in 2015 from Dr. Gelbart. Dr. Tan speaks Spanish, French, and Chinese (Taiwanese) fluently. He enjoys classical piano, cooking, traveling, wildlife, and cinema. He has a passion for LGBT health and donates his time and money to the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation in San Francisco. Dr. Tan and his husband reside in the Mission Dolores neighborhood with their two cats.


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