Jonathan Song, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
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    Title(s)Charles C. Manger III, M.D. Chair in Corneal Laser Surgery

    Title(s)Cornea Service Chief

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    California Institute of TechnologyBS1989
    University of California, San FranciscoMD1993
    University of Southern CaliforniaOphthalmology Residency1997
    Children's Hospital Los AngelesPediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship1998
    USC Roski Eye InstituteCornea/Refractive Surgery1999
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    California Institute of Technology1987  - 1989CalTech Honor Scholar
    1988Elected Tau Beta Pi Honors Society
    Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC2000Resident Teaching Award
    Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC2002Resident Teaching Award
    Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC2004Resident Teaching Award
    University of California, San Francisco2005Visiting Professor
    Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC2006Resident Teaching Award
    St. Louis University2008Visiting Professor
    Dartmouth University2008Visiting Professor
    Yale University2009Visiting Professor
    Henan Medical School, China2009Visiting Professor
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles2010Humanism Award (nominated)
    LA Magazine2010Southern California Super Doctors
    2008  - 2012Top Ophthalmologist in America
    2009  - 2012The Best Doctors in America Award
    Xianshi Eye Institute China2013Visiting Professor

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    Jonathan C. Song, MD, MBA, received his BS in biology from the California Institute of Technology and his MD from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed an internship at UCLA Medical Center and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California’s Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Song then completed dual fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the USC Department of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Song returns to The USC Roski Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology as associate professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of the Cornea Service from Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. His specialty is cornea, external diseases, and refractive surgery. He also specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, with special interest in pediatric cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal/refractive disorders in children. Dr. Song is one of the few surgeons worldwide who performs both high volume pediatric corneal transplantation and pediatric laser vision correction.

    Dr. Song focuses on the development of new techniques in corneal transplantation to help regain central corneal clarity in children who otherwise would have minimal vision. Dr. Song is also the investigator in a clinical trial of OCT (optical coherence tomography)-guided laser assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty in children. Jonathan Song, MD, is leading a surgical training program for residents, which includes the use of virtual reality cataract simulators. He is also conducting a study on the evaluation of cataract surgery, comparing standard surgical techniques versus advanced technologies such as femtosecond assisted laser surgery.