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Specialist in Cataract and Refractive Surgery
"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.
Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts
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.
Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
California Medical License
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, UC Irvine
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
four months, Dr. Kersten was a volunteer cataract surgeon in Nepal with the
For two months, Dr. Kersten provided
ophthalmic care and cataract surgery on
St. Lucia with the International Eye Foundation.
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
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
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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