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3325 Palo Verde Ave.
Suite 103
Long Beach, CA 90808

Mai Pham, MD


  • Founder and Director of Eye Physicians of Long Beach Dry Eye Center of Excellence
  • Cataract surgery with Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Cornea/Anterior Segment Medical and Surgical Care
  • Laser Eye Procedures
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Chalazion Excision
  • General Ophthalmology: Including but not limited to:
    • Comprehensive Eye Exams
    • Trauma
    • Infectious Eye Disease
    • Inflammatory Eye Disease
    • Uveitis
    • Diabetic Eye Exams
    • Macular Degeneration

Dr. Mai Pham is an accomplished and highly respected Comprehensive Ophthalmologist and Cornea Subspecialist with extensive training and experience in corneal, cataract, refractive, and anterior segment medicine and surgery. She brings substantial experience and expertise as a physician, educator, scholar, and researcher to Eye Physicians of Long Beach.

Dr. Pham attended UCLA with a National Merit Scholarship, completing her undergraduate degree with distinction in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. From Los Angeles, Dr. Pham’s continued pursuit of educational excellence with the goal of ultimately bringing the best to her patients, led her to travel to the East coast, to receive her M.D. with Honors from Boston University. Dr. Pham then completed her Internal Medicine Internship, Ophthalmology Residency and Chief Residency at Geisinger Medical Center, in association with Wills Eye Institute, in Pennsylvania. Upon realizing how much diseases of the anterior part of the eye contribute to patient eye troubles, and decrease patient quality of life, Dr. Pham undertook additional Corneal Fellowship studies and an assistant professorship at the University of Missouri’s Mason Eye Institute.

Dr. Pham, as a Cornea Subspecialist and Comprehensive Ophthalmologist has a great focus and passion for the treatment of dry eyes, cataracts, and refractive surgery, and gains great fulfillment from continual learning, overseeing clinical studies bringing the latest treatments to patients, and using the latest technologies to manage eye conditions in order to improve her patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Pham considers practicing medicine a great privilege and an honor; the aspect of Medicine and Ophthalmology that is most important and rewarding to her is the relationship she builds with each of her patients. Her compassion, intelligence, technical skills, ability to educate, warmth, and dedication to lifetime learning, allow her to provide individualized, state of the art, patient-centered care, in order to optimize her patients’ health and quality of life.

Read Dr. Pham’s CV


Eye Physicians of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Founder and Director of the Dry Eye Center of Excellence
Co-director Aesthetics Center
Cataract, Cornea, Anterior Segment Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmology: Medical and Surgical
Dry Eye / Ocular surface Specialist
Dry Eye Clinical studies

Kaiser Permanente, Department of Ophthalmology
Bakersfield, CA
Cataract, Cornea, Anterior Segment Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
Cataract, comprehensive, and cornea, clinical and surgical practice.

Buckley Chang Eye Institute
Colorado Springs, CO
Cataract, Refractive, Cornea Specialist
High-volume, competitive, cataract, comprehensive, cornea, and refractive clinical and surgical practice.


Eye Physicians of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
-Clinical studies
-Dry Eye Center of Excellence Director
-Aesthetics Co-Director

Kaiser Permanente Credentialing and Privileging Committee
Bakersfield, CA
Surgical Oversight
Oversight of Credentialing and Privileging:
-Kaiser Permanente Physicians
-Contracted physicians


Stephens & Associates, Global Research Organization
Colorado Springs, CO
Chief Ophthalmologist, Principal Investigator
Clinical trials: cosmetics involving the eye and its adnexa
-Safety, efficacy
-NIH, IRB approved studies


Cornea and Anterior Segment Fellow/Clinical Instructor
Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri
, Columbia, MO
AUPO –FCC Certified
Tertiary care facility, level one trauma center
Fellowship director: John W. Cowden, M.D.

6/2011-6/2012 Chief Ophthalmology Resident
6/2009-6/2012 Ophthalmology Resident
Geisinger Medical Center
, Danville, PA
Tertiary care facility, level one trauma center
Chairman: Herbert Ingraham, M.D.

6/2008-6/2009 General Internal Medicine Intern
Geisinger Medical Center
, Danville, PA

9/2004-5/2008 Doctor of Medicine, M.D.
Boston University School of Medicine
, Boston, MA

6/2003-8/2004 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellow
University of California
, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

9/1999-6/2003 Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
, Los Angeles, CA
College Honors, National Merit Scholar, Golden Key National Honor Society, Pre-Medical Student Association, more under “Honors”


2017-present Glaukos I-stent and I-stent Inject Glaucoma Minimally Invasive Surgery Implants
2015-present Physician and Surgeon: California Medical Board
2014-present American Board Of Ophthalmology, Member
2014-present LENSX Femtosecond Laser (Cataract Surgery)
2014-present AMO Intralase Femtosecond Laser (LASIK)
2013-present VISX Excimer Laser
2013-2015 Physician and Surgeon: Colorado Medical Board
2012-2014 Physician and Surgeon: Missouri Board of Healing Arts
2009-2012 Pennsylvania Graduate Medical Trainee: Ophthalmology
2008-2009 Pennsylvania Graduate Medical Trainee: Internal Medicine
2008-2014 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
2008-present Basic Life Support (BLS)


2017-present Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
Los Alamitos Medical Center

6/2015-2017 Bakersfield, CA
San Joaquin Community Health System
Riverlakes Surgery Center
Mercy Health System
Dignity Health System

7/2013-2015 Colorado Springs, CO
Memorial Hospitals and Clinics
Penrose St. Francis Hospitals and Clinics
Briargate Surgery Center
United Surgery Center
Pueblo, CO
Pueblo Surgery Center
Salida, CO
Heart of the Rockies Medical Center


2015-Present California Medical Association
2015-Present Kern County Medical Society
2014-2015 Rocky Mountain Ophthalmic Personnel (Physician Officer)
7/2013-2015 Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
7/2013-2015 El Paso County Medical Society
6/2011-Present American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
6/2011-Present International Society of Refractive Surgery
6/2011-Present Cornea Society
6/2009-Present American Academy of Ophthalmology
-Young Ophthalmologists Chapter
2004-2008 American Medical Association/MA Medical Society
2004-2008 American Medical Student Association, MA
2004-2008 Asian American Medical Association, MA


2012-2013 Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Use of immunomodulatory compound, Pirfenidone in corneal and ocular surface healing

2009-2012 Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Comparison of Copan E-swab Culture System to Culture by Direct Inoculation of Media in Microbial Keratitis
Mai T. Pham, MD, Nathalie M. Guibord, MD, Herbert J. Ingraham, MD, Paul Bourbeau, PhD, D (ABMM)
-Poster presentation: American Academy of Ophthalmology National Meeting, Orlando, FL 2011
-Poster presentation: Geisinger Medical Center Resident Research Symposium, Danville, PA 2012
-Phase II study: IRB approval, grant application in process

Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Secondary to Severe Ocular Hypertension Masked by Interface Fluid in a Post-LASIK Eye
Mai T. Pham, MD, Rachel E. Peck, MD, Kendall R.B. Dobbins, MD
-Case report, accepted for publication in Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

2007 Massachusetts Eye And Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
Medical Student Researcher
Principal Investigator: Sandra Cremers, MD, Comprehensive Ophthalmology
3 projects:
*Intraocular pressure after Phacoemulsification in Psuedoexfoliation Patients
Mai Pham, MD, Sarosh Janjua, MD, Janet Ung, MD, Sandra Kremers, MD FACS
-Poster presentation ASCRS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2008
* Angiogenesis and Ocular Rosacea:  literature review, data gathering, analysis; gathering and processing of pathological samples
* Resident Cataract Surgery Outcomes Database/Study: literature review, data gathering, analysis -Development, administration of SPACE Survey (Surgical Patient Assessment of Care Evaluation)

2007 Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boston, MA
Medical Student Research Participant
Principal Investigator: Jason Mantagos, MD
-EYES VR Magic Ophthalmologic Surgery Simulator Study: Virtual simulation of CE/PCIOL and Vitreo-retinal surgery
-Assessed different parameters associated with successful outcomes in Ophthalmologic surgery in attendings, residents, and medical students

05/2005 – 09/2005 Boston University Department of Internal Medicine, Boston, MA
Medical Student Researcher
Principal Investigator: Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP, Asst Professor
Pain, Health, Substance Abuse, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
-Recruitment of study participants, administration of survey instruments, data analysis, and literature reviews on chronic pain, general health, substance abuse, and PTSD, and the relationships between them.
-Poster: Boston University School of Medicine Research Day, Boston, MA, 2005

11/1999- 06/2003  UCLA: Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology Department, Los Angeles, CA
Honors Upper Division Student Researcher
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Goldberg
Goal:  to determine when and where genes involved in plant embryogenesis are expressed and to elucidate plant developmental regulatory networks. Molecular biology laboratory techniques: Radioactive In-Situ Hybridization, bacterial culture, plasmid purification, formation of glycerol stocks, gel electrophoresis to aid in sequencing of Scarlet Runner Bean cDNA Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs), formation of cDNA libraries.
-UCLA/Ceres Seed Institute:  UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, U of Utah, Ceres plant biotechnology company.
–Presented data and attended annual conferences as both an under/post graduate with laboratory in order to exchange new data and ideas in the field of plant development.


Kaiser Permanente Ophthalmology Department, Bakersfield, CA
2015-present High patient satisfaction ratings: MAPPS scores
2015-present Red carpet recipient/KP Kudos: multiple patient compliments
2015-present Multiple performance-based bonuses
2016 Credentialing and Privileging Committee
2016 Offered Chief Position of Ophthalmology Department

Buckley Chang Eye Institute, Colorado Springs, CO
2014 Appointed Chief Ophthalmologist, Salida Eye Clinic
2014 Public Relations speech: Skysox baseball stadium game
2014 Speaker: RMOP (Rocky Mountain Ophthalmic Personnel) Conference: Microbial Corneal Ulcers
2014 Appointed physician officer: RMOP

Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2013 Speaker: Cornea and Anterior Segment OKAP (Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program) Review Lecture Series
2012 Leader: Resident wet lab/surgical skills workshop
2012 Leader: Cornea and Anterior Segment Grand Rounds

Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
-Grand Rounds and Department Special Conference Speaker
2009-2012 Multiple Topics Including: Microbial keratitis, Pigment Dispersion Syndrome, MEWDS, Diabetic Papillopathy, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri), Scleritis, Central Retinal Artery Occlusion, Choroidal Melanoma
-Mission Cataract USA
2012 Provide free cataract surgery and perioperative care to people of all ages without ability to provide financial compensation
-2011-2012 Morbidity & Mortality Conference Leader
-2011-2012 Pathology Conference Leader
-2011-2012 Surgical Videos Conference Leader
-2011-2012 Ophthalmology Educational Lectures
-Primary Care Providers, Nurses, Technicians
-2011-2012 OKAP Exam Review Leader
-2011-2012 Resident Wet Lab Refurbishment
-6/2011 Chief Resident Meeting: Geisinger Medical Center CEO: Glenn Steele
-2010 Establishment of Resident Lid Laceration Kit

-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellow, Los Angeles, CA
2003-2004 Taught Socratic seminars, lecture-based courses, and basic science bench laboratory skills to UCLA students.
–Topics: genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture and law, molecular, cell, developmental biology (basic and advanced level courses)

UCLA Molecular, Cell Developmental Biology Departmental Honors

UCLA College of Letters and Science Honors, Provost Honors

UCLA Chancellor’s Achievement Award
-Outstanding leadership, scholarship, service throughout 4 years attendance

Golden Key International Honor Society
-Scholastic achievement, community service, leadership

Mortar Board National Honor Society
-Scholarship, leadership, service

National Merit Scholar
-High score on PSAT, nomination by professor, leadership, and community service

National Honor Society Member
-Membership based on scholarship, leadership, service, character

OPHTHALMOLOGY EXPERIENCE (Not included elsewhere)

American Academy of Ophthalmology
2016 Cornea Day and Varied Subspecialty Courses
2010-2013 Cornea Day and Varied Subspecialty Courses
2012 Cornea Society and Eye Bank Association Meeting
2010, 2012 Young Ophthalmologist Symposium
2010, 2011, 2012 Selected cataract/cornea/general courses

Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Ocular Pathology Rotation with Ralph Eagle, M.D.
2011 Multiple subspecialty conferences
2011 Annual Conference
4/2011, 9/2011 Anterior Segment Updates
2011 Comprehensive Review Course

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Waterville, ME
2011 Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology (2 month Comprehensive Review Course)

Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
2011 Subspecialty Conference: Cornea and Anterior Segment: Dr. R. Notz, Dr. Henry D. Perry
2010 Subspecialty Conference: Cornea and Anterior Segment: Dr. N. Guibord
2010 Subspecialty Conference: Glaucoma: Dr. Zhao

Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
2008 Cornea Service, Ophthalmology Advanced Clerkship

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
2008 Ophthalmology Clinical/Research Clerkship

ASCRS National Meeting
2008 Chicago, IL: Poster Presentation and Courses

Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
2008 Ophthalmology Advanced Clerkship: General Ophthalmology Service


09/2003 – 06/2004 UCLA: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Molecular Biology Department, CA
Teaching Fellow
Taught upper and lower division Socratic seminars, lecture-based courses, and basic science bench laboratory courses exploring molecular, cell, developmental biology, the basic concepts of genetic engineering and its applications in medicine, agriculture and law.  Wet laboratory allowed students to apply class theories in hands-on research projects.  Required lecture attendance, preparation of Socratic seminars, lectures, lab seminars, preparation of laboratory materials, grading of assignments and exams, interpersonal, leadership skills.

05/2001 – 09/2001 Rita Medical Systems, CA
Intern: Research, Development, and Engineering
Competitive internship in Engineering/Research and Development Department of successful biotechnology firm. Determined complex parameters for usage of novel, cutting edge, minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation device, Starburst XL, in liver tissue.  Saline-infused ablation of hepatic and other malignancies.  Performed demonstrations for salespeople and visiting physicians. Interfaced with both the Engineering and R and D teams.


2005 Boston University School of Medicine Peer Advising Committee, MA
Medical Student Peer Mentor
Student-run organization.
Provided academic/social/clinical mentorship to first, second, and third year medical students and Graduate Medical Sciences students throughout medical school.

2005 Literary Society of BU School of Medicine, MA
Medical Student Leader
Reading, analyzing, and discussing literary works with fellow medical students.  Enrichment of the mind and heart in a forum outside of the medical education.

2004 Boston University Alumni Association, MA
Medical Student Volunteer
Participated raising funds for Boston University School of Medicine.

2000 UMMA Free Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
Pre-medical Student Volunteer
Vital signs, observed attending physicians, residents, and medical students in patient interactions: history taking, PE, procedures, counseling, and treatment planning/implementation. Administrative duties for the clinic. Clinic fully operated by volunteers.

1999 Bruin Partners Mentoring, CA
Mentor and tutor to middle school students
Promoting academic excellence, social awareness, and community service. Through weekly meetings provided a socially aware, community service-oriented, well-educated role model.