Orange County, California
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Diana H. Kersten, MD, FACS

Specialist in Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Diana H. Kersten, MD, FACS

"I look forward to helping my patients achieve their best possible vision. My goal is not only to improve patents' eyesight, but also to improve the quality of their life."

Dr. Kersten has been a busy ophthalmic surgeon with Harvard Eye Associates since 1988. Her lifelong dedication to improving sight has led her to specialize in the laser correction of refractive (focusing) errors. Dr. Kersten performs LASIK and other refractive procedures to precisely correct near and farsightedness and astigmatism. She has successfully treated thousands of patients including many doctors, family members and even her own husband!

Her ophthalmology training was completed at Harvard Medical School (The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary). For two years (1986-1988) she volunteered her surgical skills while working in underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia. She has continued this volunteer work by donating her time to cataract clinics in underprivileged countries. To date she has worked in 18 developing countries and has performed thousands of ocular surgeries all over the world.

Dr. Kersten received her medical school training at the University of Iowa and her internship was at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Kersten is a fellow of The American College of Surgery and she is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Her professional affiliations include memberships in The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The California Medical Association, The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The Orange County Medical Association and The Orange County Society of Ophthalmology. Dr. Kersten has served as an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California in Irvine.

Financial Interest Disclosures

Curriculum Vitae


Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and
Ear Infirmary

Internship, Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco, Mt. Zion Hospital

MID, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

BS, University of Iowa, with high honors, after 3 years.

Medical Licenses & Certification

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

California Medical License

Academic Appointments

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, UC Irvine

Medical and Volunteer Teachings

For one year, Dr. Kersten was an ophthalmologist on The Project Orbis plane,
providing eye surgery and ophthalmology training in ten countries in Eastern Europe
and Africa.

For four months, Dr. Kersten was a volunteer cataract surgeon in Nepal with the
SEVA Foundation.

For two months, Dr. Kersten provided ophthalmic care and cataract surgery on
St. Lucia with the International Eye Foundation.

Medical Missions

Burma (Myanmar) - cataract surgeon, Surgical Eye Expeditions

Laos - cataract surgeon, Surgical Eye Expeditions

Sudan - cataract surgeon and consultant, Project Orbis

Tblisi, Georgia - cataract surgeon and consultant, Project Orbis

Tirana, Albania - cataract surgeon and consultant, Project Orbis

Varna, Bulgaria - cataract surgeon and course instructor, Project Orbis

Nigeria - cataract surgeon and course instructor, Project Orbis

Nigeria - cataract surgeon and consultant, Project Orbis

Nigeria & Mali - consultant ophthalmologist, Project Orbis


Outstanding Clinical Professor Award, University of California in Irvine

Barry Freeman Research Award, University of Iowa

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Iowa

Honors Society, University of Iowa

Multiple publications in professional journals

Professional Societies

American Academy of Ophthalmology; California Medical Association; Fellow of American College of Surgeons; American Society of Cataracts and Refractive Surgeons; Orange County Society of Ophthalmology; Surgical Eye Expeditions

Personal Interests

Aside from extensive volunteer work, Dr. Kersten was a varsity gymnast at the University of Iowa and is an avid skier and scuba diver. She and her husband, Mike, reside in Laguna Beach. They have one young son, Lucas, who keeps Diana busy when she’s not volunteering or working.

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