Michael Samuel, MD


  • Retina Disease/Surgery

Office Locations

Acuity Eye Group - La Quinta
47-474 Washington St
La Quinta, CA 92253

Acuity Eye Group & Retina Institute - Brawley
116 N. Plaza
Brawley, CA 92227

Acuity Eye Group & Retina Institute - El Centro
1420 Ocotillo Dr.
Suite D
El Centro, CA 92243

Acuity Eye Group & Retina Institute - Palm Springs
1801 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Suite 200
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Acuity Eye Group, Retina Institute & Acuity 360 Advanced Vision Center - Palm Desert
44139 Monterey Ave.
Suite A
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Eye Associates of San Diego & Acuity Eye Group
5565 Grossmont Center Drive
Building 3, Suite 551
La Mesa, CA 91942

Eye Physicians Medical Group
225 W. Madison Ave.
Suite 1
El Cajon, CA 92020

North County Eye Surgery Associates & Acuity Eye Group
320 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Retina Institute & Acuity Eye Group - Murrieta
40690 California Oaks Rd.
Suite B
Murrieta, CA 92562

Dr. Samuel is a nationally renowned clinician, surgeon, and researcher. Dr. Samuel specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various retinal diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, and retinal vascular diseases.

Following his 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.

He is consistently named as one of the “Top Doctors in the USA” and has won numerous surgical teaching awards. Along with Dr. Tom 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. He also serves as the chairman of the executive committee of the Retina Institute.



  • Doctor of Medicine: Meharry Medical College
  • Ophthalmology Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
  • Pediatric Retinal Surgery Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship: Doheny Retina Institute 

Professional Affiliations and Awards

  • Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the American Medical Association
  • Member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists
  • 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.
  • Authored the leading book, Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families

Personal Hobbies

  • Spending time with his wife and two daughters
  • Avid golfer
  • Car enthusiast
  • Rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes 

Languages Spoken

  • English