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David Hwang, MD

Address10 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-476-3705
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    USC/Doheny Eye InstituteFellowship - Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery1990School of Medicine
    USC/Doheny Eye InstituteFellowship - Uveitis1990School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency - Ophthalmology1989School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency - Internal Medicine1986School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.1984 School of Medicine

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    A native of Illinois, USA, David G. Hwang, MD, FACS obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), graduating first in his medical school class in 1984. After two years of internal medical residency and three years of ophthalmology residency at UCSF, he completed concurrent fellowships in cornea and refractive surgery as well as uveitis at the University of Southern California/Doheny Eye Institute as a Heed Fellow. In 1990 he joined the full-time faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is currently Professor and Vice Chair and holds the Pearl T. Kimura and Samuel J. Kimura Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology. He 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.

    Dr. 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 the 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 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.

    A committed educator, Dr. Hwang is active in the teaching of students, residents, and fellows and has received the Kimura Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology. He has organized and taught numerous postgraduate courses and conferences at the regional, national, and international level and is a frequently invited speaker at national and international meetings. He has been the recipient of several named lectureships, been awarded the Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and been named to the “Best Doctors in the United States” list every year since 1996.

    Dr. Hwang’s university-based referral practice is focused on corneal, cataract, and refractive surgery, with special interests in ocular infectious disease, corneal endothelial dystrophies and diseases, and high-risk corneal transplantation. He has conducted translational research into cellular transplantation and gene therapy approaches to corneal endothelial disease. He described the relationship between inadequate dosing of topical fluoroquinolones and subsequent antimicrobial resistance, and he reported the pharmacodynamic and genomic mechanisms underlying such development. As a result of his investigations, Dr. Hwang widely advocated for changing prevailing antimicrobial prescribing patterns away from prolonged, intermittent, and/or tapering dosing towards short-term, suprathreshold dosing.

    His clinical interests include the development of innovative surgical techniques and instrumentation in corneal, cataract, and refractive surgery. He has published over 100 original articles and scientific abstracts and has co-authored two texts in cornea and refractive surgery. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, an ophthalmologist, and their three sons.


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    1. Moussa K, Leng T, Oatts JT, Bhisitkul RB, Hwang D, 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. PMID: 28499054.
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    2. Khuc E, Bainer R, Wolf M, Clay SM, Weisenberger DJ, Kemmer J, Weaver VM, Hwang D, Chan MF. Comprehensive characterization of DNA methylation changes in Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. PLoS One. 2017; 12(4):e0175112. PMID: 28384203.
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    3. Bever GJ, Brodie FL, Hwang D. Corneal Injury from Presurgical Chlorhexidine Skin Preparation. World Neurosurg. 2016 Dec; 96:610.e1-610.e4. PMID: 27647026.
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    4. Seider MI, Hwang D, Damato BE. Peculiar protuberance. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Dec; 132(12):1483-4. PMID: 25501400.
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    5. Fintelmann RE, Kim SK, Hwang D. 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. PMID: 21570051.
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    6. Stewart WC, Crean CS, Zink RC, Brubaker K, Haque RM, Hwang D. 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. PMID: 20813346.
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    7. Rutar T, Hwang D, 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. PMID: 17720091.
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    8. Bernal MD, Acharya NR, Lietman TM, Strauss EC, McLeod SD, Hwang D. Outbreak of Fusarium keratitis in soft contact lens wearers in San Francisco. Arch Ophthalmol. 2006 Jul; 124(7):1051-3. PMID: 16769826.
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    9. Magone MT, Maric I, Hwang D. Peripheral interstitial keratitis: a novel manifestation of ocular mastocytosis. Cornea. 2006 Apr; 25(3):364-7. PMID: 16633043.
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    10. Naseri A, Forseto AS, Francesconi CM, Hwang D, 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. PMID: 16329365.
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    11. Sugioka K, Drake JD, Fukuda M, Shimomura Y, Hwang D. Susceptibility of human corneal endothelial cells to HSV-1 infection. Curr Eye Res. 2005 Oct; 30(10):863-9. PMID: 16251123.
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    12. Hsiao CH, Sah WJ, Soya K, Ma DH, Im YW, Zhang F, Hwang D. 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. PMID: 16245961.
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    13. McLeod SD, Mather R, Hwang D, Margolis TP. Uveitis-associated flap edema and lamellar interface fluid collection after LASIK. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Jun; 139(6):1137-9. PMID: 15953462.
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    14. Cheung MC, Nune GC, Hwang D, 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. PMID: 15629309.
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    15. Kuo IC, Lee SM, Hwang D. Late-onset corneal haze and myopic regression after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Cornea. 2004 May; 23(4):350-5. PMID: 15097128.
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    16. Jeng BH, Stewart JM, McLeod SD, Hwang D. Relapsing diffuse lamellar keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis associated with recurrent erosion syndrome. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004 Mar; 122(3):396-8. PMID: 15006861.
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    17. Hwang D. Fluoroquinolone resistance in ophthalmology and the potential role for newer ophthalmic fluoroquinolones. Surv Ophthalmol. 2004 Mar; 49 Suppl 2:S79-83. PMID: 15028483.
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    18. Aldave AJ, Yellore VS, Hwang D. Atypical vortex pattern of corneal deposits in granular corneal dystrophy. Cornea. 2003 Nov; 22(8):754-9. PMID: 14576527.
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    19. Ma DH, Chen JI, Zhang F, Hwang D, Chen JK. Inhibition of fibroblast-induced angiogenic phenotype of cultured endothelial cells by the overexpression of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-3. J Biomed Sci. 2003 Sep-Oct; 10(5):526-34. PMID: 12928593.
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    20. McLeod SD, Tham VM, Phan ST, Hwang D, Rizen M, Abbott RL. Bilateral diffuse lamellar keratitis following bilateral simultaneous versus sequential laser in situ keratomileusis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2003 Sep; 87(9):1086-7. PMID: 12928271; PMCID: PMC1771840.
    21. Hwang D, Schanzlin DJ, Rotberg MH, Foulks G, Raizman MB. A phase III, placebo controlled clinical trial of 0.5% levofloxacin ophthalmic solution for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2003 Aug; 87(8):1004-9. PMID: 12881345; PMCID: PMC1771798.
    22. Ma DH, Zhang F, Shi W, Yao JY, Hsiao CH, Wu HC, Kim WS, Hao YX, Hwang D, Chen JK, Tsai RJ. Expression of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-4 in normal human corneal cells and experimental corneal neovascularization. Ophthalmic Res. 2003 Jul-Aug; 35(4):199-207. PMID: 12815195.
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    23. Iwata M, Soya K, Sawa M, Sakimoto T, Hwang D. CD40 expression in normal human cornea and regulation of CD40 in cultured human corneal epithelial and stromal cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2002 Feb; 43(2):348-57. PMID: 11818376.
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    24. Ma DH, Chen JK, Kim WS, Hao YX, Wu HC, Tsai RJ, Hwang D, Zhang F. Expression of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase 1 and 2 in inflammation-induced corneal neovascularization. Ophthalmic Res. 2001 Nov-Dec; 33(6):353-62. PMID: 11721189.
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    25. van de Pol C, Soya K, Hwang D. Objective assessment of transient corneal haze and its relation to visual performance after photorefractive keratectomy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2001 Aug; 132(2):204-10. PMID: 11476680.
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    26. Tham VM, Hwang D. The intrastromal corneal ring segments: Intacs. Ophthalmol Clin North Am. 2001 Jun; 14(2):295-9, viii. PMID: 11406425.
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    27. Tachibana A, Sawa M, Hwang D. [Development of corneal storage medium--second report. Examination of human cornea]. Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi. 2001 May; 105(5):295-300. PMID: 11406944.
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    28. Graves A, Henry M, O'Brien TP, Hwang D, Van Buskirk A, Trousdale MD. In vitro susceptibilities of bacterial ocular isolates to fluoroquinolones. Cornea. 2001 Apr; 20(3):301-5. PMID: 11322420.
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    29. Kuo IC, Margolis TP, Cevallos V, Hwang D. Aspergillus fumigatus keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis. Cornea. 2001 Apr; 20(3):342-4. PMID: 11322429.
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    30. Kuo IC, Ou R, Hwang D. Flap haze after epithelial debridement and flap hydration for treatment of post-laser in situ keratomileusis striae. Cornea. 2001 Apr; 20(3):339-41. PMID: 11322428.
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    31. Hao Y, Ma DH, Hwang D, Kim WS, Zhang F. Identification of antiangiogenic and antiinflammatory proteins in human amniotic membrane. Cornea. 2000 May; 19(3):348-52. PMID: 10832697.
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    32. Duncan JL, Golabi M, Fredrick DR, Hoyt CS, Hwang D, Kramer SG, Howes EL, Cunningham ET. Complex limbal choristomas in linear nevus sebaceous syndrome. Ophthalmology. 1998 Aug; 105(8):1459-65. PMID: 9709758.
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    33. Gritz DC, Hwang D, Whitcher JP. New horizons in antibacterial therapy. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 1996; 36(2):153-70. PMID: 8950639.
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    34. Alvarado JA, Underwood JL, Green WR, Wu S, Murphy CG, Hwang D, Moore TE, O'Day D. Detection of herpes simplex viral DNA in the iridocorneal endothelial syndrome. Arch Ophthalmol. 1994 Dec; 112(12):1601-9. PMID: 7993217.
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    35. Hwang D, Kramer SG. Corneal allograft rejection after multiple blood transfusions. Am J Ophthalmol. 1993 Oct 15; 116(4):451-5. PMID: 8213975.
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    36. Hwang D. Lamellar flap corneal biopsy. Ophthalmic Surg. 1993 Aug; 24(8):512-5. PMID: 8233312.
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    37. Hwang D. Systemic antibiotic therapy for relapsing Haemophilus influenzae conjunctivitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 1993 Jun 15; 115(6):814-6. PMID: 8506920.
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    38. Hwang D, Nakamura T, Trousdale MD, Smith TM. Combination antibiotic supplementation of corneal storage medium. Am J Ophthalmol. 1993 Mar 15; 115(3):299-308. PMID: 8442488.
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    39. Kwitko S, Garbus JJ, Hwang D, Gauderman WJ, McDonnell PJ. Computer-assisted study of diurnal variation in corneal topography after penetrating keratoplasty. Ophthalmic Surg. 1992 Jan; 23(1):10-6. PMID: 1574260.
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    40. Hwang DG, Hwang D. Pediatric penetrating keratoplasty. Semin Ophthalmol. 1991 Dec; 6(4):212-8. PMID: 10149522.
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    41. Hwang D, Ward DE, Trousdale MD, Smith RE. Human immunodeficiency virus seroprevalence among potential corneal donors from medical examiner cases. Am J Ophthalmol. 1990 Jan 15; 109(1):92-3. PMID: 2297038.
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    42. Hwang D, Stern WH, Hwang PH, MacGowan-Smith LA. Collagen shield enhancement of topical dexamethasone penetration. Arch Ophthalmol. 1989 Sep; 107(9):1375-80. PMID: 2783071.
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