Clinical Leadership

Our clinical leadership team is made up of 13 physicians who mentor our doctors and drive the clinical culture in our practices.

Tom von-Sydow

Jessica Boeckmann, MD

General Ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon

Dr. Boeckmann is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in medically treating diseases of the retina and vitreous. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Arkansas at Hendrix College and her medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed an intern year in internal medicine also at UAMS. Her ophthalmology residency program was completed at the Jones Eye Institute in Little Rock. She is now one of the top ophthalmologists Orange County has to offer.
As a newcomer to Southern California, Dr. Boeckmann has embraced the Southern California lifestyle. 

Tom Chang, MD

Retina surgeon 

Dr. Chang is an internationally renowned clinician, surgeon and educator. He received his MD from the University of Toronto Medical School and his ophthalmology residency training from the University of Western Ontario. He completed three fellowships in retinal diseases: an ophthalmic pathology fellowship from the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, a macular disease fellowship with Dr. Donald Gass at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, and a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

Upon completion of his training, Dr. Chang was Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia for five years and then an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute for six years where he was Director of the Retina Fellowship. In November 2005, he founded the Retina Institute of California (RIC).

Dr. Chang was part of the team that performed the world’s first surgical implantation of stem cell treatment for dry macular degeneration, which was in collaboration with the Johnson & Johnson Stem Cell organization. To date, the doctors at RIC have performed more sub-retinal stem cell surgeries than any other center in the world.

Tim Blair

Anuj Chawla, MD

Retina Surgeon

Dr. Chawla specializes in the treatment of retinal disease and vitreoretinal surgery. Originally from Rochester, NY, he attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Afterwards, he returned home to attend the University of Rochester where he completed a Masters of Science in Biology. Dr. Chawla went on to medical school at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He stayed in New Orleans for one additional year to complete an internship in Internal Medicine at the Ochsner Health System Hospital before moving to Baltimore, MD to complete an Ophthalmology residency training program at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Chawla went on to pursue advanced Medical Retina fellowship training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (consistently ranked the#1 eye hospital in the US) under the tutelage of world-renowned ophthalmologists Philip Rosenfeld, William Smiddy, and Jorge Fortun. Interested in extending his training to surgical retinal interventions, Dr. Chawla joined the Retina Institute of California where he completed his Surgical Retina fellowship training. Dr. Chawla‘s research interests focus on medical treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy as well as the development of novel surgical techniques and instruments for use in vitreoretinal surgery. He has given numerous educational talks and presented his findings at national ophthalmology conferences.

Brian Chen

Brian Chen, MD

Ophthalmologist And Glaucoma specialist

Dr. Brian Chen specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of anterior segment disease including cataracts and glaucoma. After growing up in the Los Angeles area, he attended UC Berkeley and studied Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he completed his MS degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Dr. Chen then proceeded to complete his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Immediately after medical school, he remained in Philadelphia and completed both an Internal Medicine Internship and Ophthalmology residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was the Chief Resident and was awarded the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Chen has also authored several papers in Ophthalmology journals.

Jason Irby

Anthony Culotta, MD

Medical retina

Dr. Anthony Culotta was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and subsequently was an undergraduate scholar at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He then received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

After medical school, Dr. Culotta completed his residency training in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University. During his residency, Louisiana was devastated by hurricane Katrina. Dr. Culotta was one of the first responders. He was uniquely qualified to help address the thousands of ocular injuries that were seen in the aftermath. Following this dramatic experience, he chose again to help the people of New Orleans by completing a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship in the area with renowned retina pioneer, Dr. Kurt Gitter. Dr. Culotta became board-certified in ophthalmology in 2009.

Dr. Culotta has special interest in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and vitreoretinal interface abnormalities, such as epiretinal membranes and macular holes. Dr. Culotta is a pioneer in the treatment of advanced diabetic macular edema and complex macular degeneration. He has worked extensively at developing novel algorithms for layering laser photocoagulation into treatment paradigms of intravitreal Avastin injections for patients with recalcitrant diabetic edema. At the Retina Institute of California, Dr. Culotta is the head of the advanced laser therapeutics lab investigating new treatment protocols for neovascular diseases.

Alan Guagliardo

Michael Davis, MD

retina surgeon & Fellowship educational director

Dr. Davis completed his undergraduate and medical degrees through an accelerated BS/MD program at Kent State University and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. During the undergraduate program, he spent a semester studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where he interned at the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent. He worked on a project through the Relief Health Department designed to strengthen the Red Cross organizations in Africa. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Kent State University.

During medical school, he was active in numerous committees, earning him the Service to College award. He was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society during his junior year of medical school. He graduated with an MD in 2004 at the top of his class and was selected by his peers to serve as the commencement speaker at his medical school graduation.

Josh Eddy

Kweku-Grant Acquah, MD

Cataract & pediatric surgeon, general ophthalmologist

Dr. Grant-Acquah is a board-certified ophthalmologist with speciality training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus (eye alignment). Dr. Grant-Acquah is a native of Wisconsin and received his bachelor of science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he also received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Chicago Booth School of Business. Dr. Grant-Acquah completed his internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. He completed fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Grant-Acquah is passionate about community health and works to reduce health disparity in underserved communities during his "free time".

Sanjeev Grewal, MD

Cataract & Cornea Surgeon, General Ophthalmologist

Dr. Grewal is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with almost 20 years of clinical and surgical experience focused on cataract and corneal surgery.

He attended medical school at the University of Toronto, and completed his Ophthalmology residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. After a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital, he began a career in academic ophthalmology, rising to the rank of Associate Professor at George Washington University, where he was the Ophthalmology Residency Program Director for more than a decade. While in DC, he was twice selected as a Washingtonian Magazine “Top Doctor” by his peers.

Dr. Grewal has served our nation’s veterans at the highly rated Loma Linda VA Hospital, where he was one of the most prolific surgeons, and continued teaching as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University. He has performed thousands of successful cataract, refractive and corneal surgeries and has been involved in cataract surgical missions to Panama, Honduras, and the Philippines.

Joshua Morrison-Reyes, MD

Retina Surgeon

Dr. Joshua Morrison-Reyes is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous. Growing up in the Midwest, he attended the University of Oklahoma as a National Merit Scholar where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and Biomedical Science. He then was awarded the Distinguished Student Merit Scholarship to attend the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, which is consistently ranked one of the top medical schools in the country.

Following medical school, he completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Ophthalmology Residency at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. During his residency he was selected to serve as Chief Resident, and was awarded the Mervin Zimmerman award for Excellence in Ophthalmology Residency. He has scored at the 99th percentile for his medical licensing examinations.

Michael Samuel

Michael Samuel, MD

Retina Surgeon & Chief medical director

Dr. Samuel is a nationally renowned clinician, surgeon and researcher. He received his MD from Meharry Medical College and his ophthalmology residency training from the Henry Ford Hospital. He was awarded and completed the first fellowship in pediatric retinal surgery at the prestigious Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Samuel completed a second fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Doheny Retina Institute, University of Southern California. Upon completion of his two fellowships, Dr. Samuel accepted an academic position at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, an internationally recognized eye hospital. He was a member of the Retina Service and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology for three years. Here, Dr. Samuel trained numerous residents and retina fellows in surgical and medical retinal diseases in one of the largest and most highly regarded programs in the nation.

Along with Dr. Chang, Dr. Samuel was part of the team that performed the world’s first surgical implantation of stem cell treatment for dry macular degeneration, which was in collaboration with the Johnson & Johnson Stem Cell organization.

Dr. Samuel has published over 25 peer-reviewed research articles, a number of book chapters for medical text, and is a section editor for the Retina Times Magazine, a publication of the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He has also authored the leading book, Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families. He is consistently named as one of the “Best Doctors in the USA” and has won numerous surgical teaching awards. He also serves as the chairman of the executive committee of the Retina Institute of California as well as the Chief Scientific Officer of the California Center for Clinical Research.

Joel Solano, MD


Dr. Solano is a board certified, fellowship-trained specialist in corneal transplants, cataracts, glaucoma, and laser vision correction.

He trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and has received many awards for his dedication to education and research both at Mayo Clinic and Harvard. He actively contributes to the field of ophthalmology through writing journal articles and book chapters. He has special expertise in the care of patients that have cataracts and other coexisting diseases such as cataracts plus corneal diseases or cataracts with glaucoma. His expertise includes caring for patients who have a history of RK, LASIK, or PRK, and are now dealing with cataracts.

Dr. Solano will explain your ocular condition in terms you will understand and he is committed to treating his patients as though he were caring for a family member.

Kevin Suk, MD

Retina Surgeon

Dr. Kevin Suk is a native of Southern California and grew up in the city of Downey. He received his bachelor of science in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma academic honor societies and graduated summa cum laude with highest departmental honors in biology. He then earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine on a merit scholarship and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Suk then completed his ophthalmology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan after which he furthered his training by completing a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at the renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is consistently ranked as the nation’s best ophthalmic hospital by the US News and World Report survey of board-certified ophthalmologists from across the country. While there, he trained under Dr. Harry Flynn, Jr., MD, and Dr. William Smiddy, MD, pioneers and authorities in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and macular hole, as well as Dr. Philip Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, who first began the use of bevacizumab (Avastin) in the treatment of age related macular degeneration.

Dr. Suk has presented at several national meetings, including the Annual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) meeting and the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting, and has published his work in peer-reviewed journals. His special interests are in the treatment of the vitreoretinal complications of diabetic retinopathy, macular hole repair and retinal detachment surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Medical Association.

Reid Wainess, MD

Cataract surgeon, general ophthalmologist

Dr. Reid Wainess was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate education, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He graduated as an Angell Hall Scholar.

Following his undergraduate education, he began publishing medical research in various surgical fields, leading to over 20 publications in national journals. He then attended the University of Michigan Medical School for his medical degree, a top 10 medical school.

After receiving his medical degree. he completed his internship at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearbom, Michigan. He then went on to the University of Southern California's Doheny Eye Institute for his residency in Ophthalmology, considered a top 10 national program. There he trained with some of the most respected clinical Ophthalmologists and world-renowned researchers. He has presented research at multiple national meetings and has been an active participant in the Academy of Ophthalmologists Mid-Year Forum, where he has lobbied on capitol hill in Washington DC to help both patients and eye professionals. He maintains an active role in teaching residents as a member of the volunteer faculty at USC.