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    Charles Wesley Flowers, MD, FACS

    TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentOphthalmology
    AddressHC4 4900 1450 San Pablo Street
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033-6103
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      Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD, received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1985 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1989. During his time as a medical student he was honored as a national medical fellowship scholar. Following his ophthalmology residency training at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine in Los Angeles, California, he completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship in the USC Department of Ophthalmology where he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Resident Training. Dr. Flowers has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top eye surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council for his expertise in cornea and refractive surgery.

      Dr. Flowers’ research focuses on identifying best practices for deploying teleophthalmology to screen for diabetic retinopathy in urban medically underserved communities. In addition, he conducts investigations on the use of Anterior Segment OCT as a tool for refractive surgery screening and Posterior Segment OCT of the optic nerve as a tool for assessing post concussion syndrome. In addition, Dr. Flowers is involved in identifying best practices for sports visual enhancement.


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      Stanford UniversityBS1985
      Cornell University Medical CollegeMD1989
      Charles R. Drew University of MedicineOphthalmology Residency1993
      USC Roski Eye InstituteCornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Fellowship1994
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      Cornell University Medical College Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Merit Award1989National Medical Fellowships Scholar
      Department of Surgery, King-Drew Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science1989  - 1990Intern of the Year Award
      Joint Council of Interns and Residents, The County of Los Angeles1991  - 1992Service-Leadership Award
      National Medical Association1992Outstanding Scientific Poster Presentation Award
      Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology1994National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship
      Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC1995Award of Excellence in Residency Training
      Health Data Management Magazine1998Innovator Award
      Smithsonian Institution Permanent Research Collection1998Computer-World Smithsonian Laureate
      International Teleconferencing Association1999Teleconferencing Excellence Award
      JCIR/CIR1999Honoree
      LA County Supervisor Burke's Office1999"Proclamation"
      1999Masters in Medicine Honoree
      1999Productivity & Quality Award- Sara Stivelman Memorial Award
      Tech Expo 20002000Best Practices Showcase Award Certificate of Excellence
      Charles R. Drew University of Medicine2000RCMI Research Award of Excellence
      HUD2000Best Practices Award Los Angeles
      HUD2000Best Practices Award National Winner
      2000Safety Net Health System Innovation Honorable Mention in Recognition of Telemedicine Specialty Care
      Consumer's Research Council of America2002America's Top Ophthalmologists
      2002Winston Crouch Award for Innovation in Government
      San Diego Magazine2004  - 2005San Diego's Top Doctors
      VSP People First Award2006Certificate of Recognition
      2010People's Choice Most Compassionate Doctor Award
      2010Consumers' Research Council