Don O. Kikkawa, MD, FACS is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Chief of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Vice Chairman at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Department of Ophthalmology and UCSD Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla. Dr. Kikkawa joined the UCSD Ophthalmology faculty in 1993 and is co-director of the UCSD Thyroid Eye Center and also a former program director of UCSD's ophthalmology residency.
Dr. Kikkawa earned a BA (magna cum laude) in biochemistry from UCSD, La Jolla and an MD (magna cum laude) from St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his internship at the UCSD, his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute (UCLA) and a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Kikkawa's clinical interests include aesthetic and reconstructive oculofacial surgery; orbital surgery; thyroid orbitopathy; craniofacial disorders involving the eyelids and orbits; and tumors.
His professional activities include: President, ASOPRS (2014); Director, ASOPRS Accredited Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship; Vice President (2012) and President Elect (2013) of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS); Scientific Program Chairman, ASOPRS 2010; Program Chairman American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Inaugural Oculofacial Subspecialty Day, 2010; Oculoplastic Program Coordinator, World Ophthalmology Congress, Abu Dhabi, 2012; Program Chairman, ASOPRS Spring Meeting, 2009; Medical Advisory Board, American Society of Ocularists; and volunteer surgeon for DOCS (Doctors Offering Charitable Services) and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Dr.Kikkawa has also served as an Instructional Course director at several AAO Annual Meetings and was AAO LEO Chair in 2007.
Dr. Kikkawa is on the editorial board of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (OPRS) and serves as scientific referee for several other important ophthalmology journals. He has numerous publications and has authored or contributed to several important titles on ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery including: Clinical Atlas of Procedures in Ophthalmic and Oculofacial Surgery (Section Editor), Ophthalmology Clinical and Surgical Principles, Color Atlas of Oculoplastic Surgery and Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Midfacial Rejuvenation.
He has been invited to lecture at many national and international symposia: among them the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the World Ophthalmology Congress, the Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the National Graves Foundation.
Dr. Kikkawa's many honors include: Best Doctor’s in America; America's Top Doctor; San Diego Magazine’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence; AAO's Senior Achievement Award; the Marvin H. Quickert Thesis Award; the ASOPRS Research Award; and the Lester T. Jones Surgical Anatomy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
|Specialty||Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Thyroid Eye Clinic|
|Medical School||St. Louis University School of Medicine|
|Residency||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Fellowship||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Special Interest||Oculofacial surgery; Eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery; Thyroid eye disease (orbital decompression and eyelid surgery); Craniofacial disorders involving the eyelids and orbits; Orbital and eyelid tumors; Facial aesthetics - soft tissue fillers and injectables.|
The Shiley Eye Center was able to help me when no other doctors could.
One of my co-workers at the University of San Diego told me she saw an interview on the news one morning with Dr. Kikkawa. She knew of my Graves’ Disease and thought I should give it a shot. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease back in March of 2005. I had a total thyroidectomy in December 2006 but my eyes were still bulging. When I moved to San Diego in 2009 I thought I had no other options because every doctor I spoke with was afraid to do any surgery. I went to the Thyroid Eye Center at Shiley and the doctors told me in the first 20 minutes that they could help. After surgery in June 2010 some of the muscles behind my eyes were restricting some movement so Dr. Granet went back in and made some adjustments with the muscles and I haven’t had another problem since. As a professional tennis coach my eyes mean everything to me. I owe the doctors and the staff at the Shiley Eye Center a great deal of gratitude.
From day one it was the best experience and the staff made me feel very confident that they could help me with my eyes. I wouldn’t be where I am now without everyone’s help at the Thyroid Eye Center at UC San Diego!
Head Men’s Tennis Coach, University of San Diego
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