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Susanna Soon-Chun Park, M.D., Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Susanna Soon-Chun Park

Clinical Interests

Dr. Park is a vitreo-retinal specialist who provides both surgical and medical management of all vitreo-retinal disorders including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, posterior uveitis and trauma. She also treats patients with intraocular tumors including proton beam irradiation for ocular melanomas and chemotherapy for retinoblastomas.

Dr. Park is interested in using new imaging techniques to study macular disorders and in developing new treatments for retinal disorders including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Park is devoted to providing the best and latest treatments for her patients with vitreo-retinal disorders. She believes that this can best achieved by a combination of excellent medical support staff, latest diagnostic instruments and thorough patient education. As such, Dr. Park and her staff are always readily available for any questions or concerns from her patients.


Director of Vitreo-retinal Fellowship




Vitreo-Retinal Disease and Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Ophthalmology Clinic-Eye Center
4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-6602

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT 1988
Ph.D., Pharmacology, Yale University, New Haven CT 1988
B.S., University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu HI 1981


Hospital of St. Raphael; Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT 1988-1989


Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1989-1992


Clinical Fellow in Vitreoretinal Diseases, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1992-1994

Board Certifications:

American Board of Ophthalmology, 2014

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retinal Specialists
Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
Macula Society
Retina Society
Society of Heed Fellows in Ophthalmology
Women in Ophthalmology
Women in Retina

Select Honors and Awards:

Ophthalmology Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, UC Davis, 2015

Joan Oettinger Memorial Award for Excellence in Cancer Research, UC Davis, 2011

Best Doctors, Sacramento Magazine, 2011

Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors, Inc), 2011

Senior Honor Award, American Society of Retinal Specialists, 2010

Ophthalmology Resident Faculty Surgical Teaching Award (UC Davis), 2010

Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2009

Honor Award, American Society of Retinal Specialists, 2008

Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, 1994

Heed Foundation Fellowship Award, 1992

Select Recent Publications:

Patel M, Coombs P, Prockop SE, Hasan AA, Doubrovina E, O’Reilly RJ, Cohen SH, Park SS, Kiss S.  Treatment of Cytomegalovirus Retinitis with CMV-Specific T-Lymphocyte Infusion. OSLI Retina. 2015;46:80-82.

Thinda S, Lam K, Park SS. Unintentional Secondary Exogenous Corticosteroid Exposure and Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. Eye. 2015;29: 577–579.

Park SS, Bauer G, Abedi M, Pontow S, Panorgias A, Jonnal R, Zawadzki RJ, Werner JS, Nolta J.  Intravitreal autologous bone marrow-derived CD34+ cells for ischemic and degenerative retinal disorders: preliminary phase 1 clinical trial findings. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014;56(1):81-9.

Shi A, Cross C, Morrissey B, Durbin-Johnson B, Pilli S, Zawadzki RJ, Park SS. Macular pigment and macular volume in of patients with cystic fibrosis.  Free Radical Research. 2014;48: 740-748. 

Schwartz DM, Fingler J, Kim DY, Zawadzki RJ, Morse LS, Park SS, McClintic S, Werner JS.  Phase-variance optical coherence tomography: a new technique for non-invasive angiography. Ophthalmology. 2014;121:180-187.

Kim DY, Fingler J, Zawadzki RJ, Park SS, Morse LS, Schwartz DM, Fraser SE, Werner JS.  Noninvasive in vivo visualization of human choriocapillaris using phase-variance optical coherence tomography: normal vs age-related macular degeneration  Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2013;110: 14354-14359. 

Chin EK, Ventura B, See K, Siebles J, Park SS.  Diagnostic value of non-mydriatic fundus photography for diabetic retinopathy screening in remote rural medical clinics versus an urban medical center. Telemed and eHealth. 2014;20(2): 102-8.

Modjtahedi B, Park S.  Multifocal bilateral choroidal neovascularization in a patient on ipilimumab for metastatic melanoma. Cutaneous Ocul. Toxicol. 2013;32: 341-343. 

Chin, EK, Kim DY, Hunter AA, Pilli S. Wilson M, Zawadzki RJ, Werner JS, Park SS. Staging Progression of Macular Telangiectasia: Power-Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography and Macular Pigment Optical Density Finding.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013;54: 4459-70. 

Park SS. Cell Therapy Applications: Retinal Vascular Diseases—Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vein Occlusion. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016.

To see if Susanna Soon-Chun Park is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).