LAGUNA HILLS • SAN CLEMENTE
Orange County, California
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John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS

John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS

Specialist in Refractive Surgery,
Cataracts, Cornea and External Disease
Clinical Assistant Professor, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute

"I'm so lucky to have the privilege of helping people improve their vision with amazing technology that's continuously getting even better. This is a very exciting time in our field because of advances that weren't available just a few years ago that genuinely improve the lives of our patients."

Dr. Hovanesian has published two eye surgery textbooks — one on the subject of advanced cataract surgery and one on pterygium surgery. Click on the images below to learn more.

Textbooks by Dr. Hovanesian

John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS

Dr. Hovanesian has been invited to lecture to surgeons on five continents, produced numerous surgical teaching videos, and written dozens of articles. He is faculty member at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, a board-certified ophthalmologist, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of corneal, cataract, refractive, and laser surgery.

He is the chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's online cataract surgery education committee and an editorial board member for five other eye journals. He has been honored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for contributions to his field and has been recognized by Wyanoke Publishing as one of the 250 leading innovators in the field of cataract surgery.

An Eagle Scout, Dr. Hovanesian has spent many years as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and has been honored on numerous occasions by the Boy Scouts for his volunteer service. He has also made over a dozen trips overseas to the third world to volunteer his time performing eye surgery. He spends his weekends teaching Sunday school at his church in Costa Mesa, spending time with his wife and three young children at home in Laguna Beach, and enjoying his hobbies of food, swimming, piano, and performing magic.

Financial Interest Disclosures


Curriculum Vitae

Education

Fellowship - Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California

Chief Resident – Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Residency - Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Transitional Internship - William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan

MD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

BS in Honors Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, graduated in three years -
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Special Interests

Specialist in cataract and laser surgery, cornea and pterygium surgery.

Clinical Assistant Professor, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute

Professional Activities

Chairman, American Academy of Ophthalmology's Cataract Surgery
Online Education Committee

Editorial Board member for five eye care journals

Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology. Member, American Society
of Refractive Surgery, American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons, and the
Cornea Society.

Honors and Awards

James B. Angell Scholar,
University of Michigan,

Phi Beta Kappa as college junior,
University of Michigan,

CIBA/Geigy Award for Outstanding Community Service,
University of Michigan Medical School,

Silver Beaver Award, highest volunteer honor given by the National Court of Honor,
Boy Scouts of America,

Resident of the Year,
Henry Ford Hospital,

David May II Fellowship,
Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California,

David May II Fellowship,
Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California,

Best Paper of Session,
International Society of Refractive Surgery Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana,

National Telly Award for PBS Television
"American Health Journal" program on new technology intraocular implants, 2004

Best Paper of Session,
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, San Francisco,

Achievement Award,
American Academy of Ophthalmology,

Professional Societies

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

International Society of Refractive Surgery

Orange County Ophthalmology Society

Journal & Other Professional Activities

House Staff Council, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan,

Reviewer, Ophthalmology journal,

Column Editor, "Ophthalmic Outreach", Ocular Surgery News,
recurring column sharing information and inspiring volunteerism among ophthalmologists,

Column Editor, "State of the Art", Ocular Surgery News recurring column evaluating new ophthalmic technologies,

Continuing Medical Education Reviewer, Vindico Medical Education,

Editorial Board, Ocular Surgery News,

Charitable Activities

Vice President-Program, Armenian Eye Care Project, international organization raising $11 million for eye care in developing Republic of Armenia

Chairman, St. Mary Church "Mr. and Mrs. Club"

Teacher, St. Mary Church Sunday School high school forum

Medical Missions to Armenia every six months providing training programs for Armenian surgeons

Chairman, Orange County Armenian Young Professionals organization

Boy Scouts of America volunteer at regional and national levels

District Commissioner, Scouting for the Handicapped

Author of two nationally distributed publications

National Scout Jamboree Health and Safety Committee

Clinical Research Studies

Principal Investigator, Phase III Study of an Eye Drop to Treat Meibomian Gland Disease, 2005

Sub-investigator, A Study of a Trabecular Bypass Micro Stent in Combination with Cataract Surgery in Subjects with Open-Angle Glaucoma, 2005-2008

Sub-investigator, Phase III Study of the Visiogen Synchrony Accommodating Intraocular Lens, 2007-2008

Principal Investigator, Phase III Study of the CrystaLens HD-100 Accommodating Intraocular Lens, 2007-2008

Principal Investigator, Phase III Study of the I-Zip Ocular Bandage, 2008-2009.

Abstracts/Scientific Presentations

Hovanesian JA, Higginbotham EJ, Lichter PR. Long Term Visual Outcome of
        Ocular Hypotension After Thermosclerostomy. Poster at Association for
        Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Sarasota, Florida, 1991.

Hovanesian JA, Hovanesian JD, Byrd TJ. Change in Corneal Stress
        Birefringence after Radial Keratotomy. Poster at American Society of
        Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, Seattle, Washington, 1996.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Effect of Anti-island Treatment on
        Visual Acuity and Corneal Topography. Paper at American Society of
        Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, San Diego, California, 1998.

Shah SS, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Effect of Laser Tuning on the Outcome
        of Refractive Surgery. Paper at American Society of Cataract and
        Refractive Surgery Symposium, San Diego, California, 1998.

Shah SS, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Effect of Astigmatic Keratotomy on
        Visual Outcome after Myopic Photorefractive Keratectomy. Paper at
        American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, San
        Diego, California, 1998.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Effect of Mild Central Islands on Visual
        Performance. Paper at Association for Research in Vision and
        Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1998.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Quantitative Topographic Irregularity
        and its Correlation with Best Corrected Visual Acuity after Refractive
        Surgery, Paper at International Society of Refractive Surgery, Orlando,
        Florida, 1998.

Hovanesian JA, Eghbali F, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Treating Astigmatism After a
        Free Lasik Cap by Rotating the Cap. Paper at International Society of
        Refractive Surgery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998.

Hovanesian JA, Faktorovich EG, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Bilateral Bacterial
        Keratitis after Lasik in a Patient with HIV Infection. Paper at International
        Society of Refractive Surgery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998 —
        voted best paper of session.

Van Horn S, Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Effect of Volatile
        Substances on Excimer Laser Energy Delivery. Paper at International
        Society of Refractive Surgery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Quantitative Topographic Irregularity as
        a Predictor of Best Corrected Visual Acuity after Refractive Surgery.
        Poster at American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans, Louisiana,
        1998.

Najman J, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Effect of Lifting and Repositioning
        LASIK Flaps to Treat Folds. Poster at Association for Research in Vision
        and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1999.

Hovanesian JA, Hovanesian JD, Maloney RK. Detection of Microkeratome Flap
        Abnormalities with Corneal Birefringence. Paper at International Society
        of Refractive Surgery, Orlando, Florida, 1999.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome
        after PRK and LASIK. Paper at International Society of Refractive
        Surgery, Orlando, Florida, 1999.

Shamie N, Hovanesian JA, Chuck RA, Ohanesian RV. Keratopigmentation: A
        Surgical Technique with Improved Cosmetic Results for the Removal of
        Limbal Dermoids. Paper at American Society of Cataract and Refractive
        Surgery Symposium, San Francisco, California, 2003.

Hovanesian JA. Comparison of Outcomes using Fibrin Tissue Adhesive vs
        Suture to Secure Conjunctival Limbal Autografts in Pterygium Surgery.
        Paper at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
        Symposium, San Diego, California, 2004.

Hovanesian JA. Follow-up of 98 Cases of Pterygium Surgery with Conjunctival
        Limbal Autograft Using Fibrin Tissue Adhesive Instead of Suture. Paper
        at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium.
        Washington, DC, 2005.

Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Treating Astigmatism After a Free Lasik Cap by
        Rotating the Cap. Paper at American Society of Cataract and Refractive
        Surgery Symposium. Washington, DC, 2005.

Hovanesian JA. Follow-up of 98 Cases of Pterygium Surgery with Conjunctival
        Limbal Autograft Using Fibrin Tissue Adhesive Instead of Suture. Paper
        at World Cornea Congress V. Washington, DC, 2005.

Hovanesian JA. Karageozian VH. Simple Method for Watertight Cataract
        Wound Closure Using Fibrin Tissue Adhesive. Poster at American
        Academy of Ophthalmology Symposium. Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006.

Hovanesian JA. Fibrin Tissue Adhesive: It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore!
        Research Symposium, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, California
        2006.

Hovanesian JA. Does "Slow Set" Dilution of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive Reduce Its
        Strength in Ocular Surgery? Poster at American Academy of
        Ophthalmology Symposium. Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006.

Hovanesian JA. Karageozian VH. Simple Method for Watertight Cataract
        Wound Closure Using Fibrin Tissue Adhesive. Paper at Cornea
        Society Symposium. Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006.

Hovanesian JA. Does "Slow Set" Dilution of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive Reduce Its
        Strength in Ocular Surgery? Paper at American Society of
        Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, San Diego,
        California, 2007.

Hovanesian JA. Does "Slow Set" Dilution of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive Reduce Its
        Strength in Ocular Surgery? Paper at American Society of
        Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, San Diego,
        California, 2007.

Hovanesian JA. Multicenter Study of the Fourth-Generation Eyeonics HD-
        100 Accommodating IOL. Paper at American Academy of Ophthalmology
        Symposium. New Orleans, Louisiana, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Conjunctival Chalasis: Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of
        Ocular Pain Masquerading as Dry Eye. Film at American Society
        of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium, Chicago, Illinois,
        2008.

Hovanesian JA. Multicenter Study of the Fourth-Generation Eyeonics HD-
        100 Accommodating IOL. Paper at American Society of Cataract
        and Refractive Surgery Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Results of Pterygium Excision Using Amnionic Membrane
        Beneath the Healthy Conjunctiva Surrounding a Conjunctival
        Autograft. Poster at American Society of Cataract and Refractive
        Surgery Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Small Wound Leaks Are Associated With Myopic Surprises in
        Cataract Surgery. Poster at American Academy of Ophthalmology
        Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Amnionic Membrane as an Antifibrotic Implant in the
        Subconjunctival Space Surrounding a Conjunctival Autograft in
        Pterygium Surgery. Poster at American Academy of
        Ophthalmology Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Surgical Adhesive Techniques in Conjunctival, Corneal, and
        Cataract Surgery. Film at American Society of Cataract and
        Refractive Surgery Symposium, San Francisco, California, 2009.

Hovanesian JA. Cataract Wound Closure with a Hydrogel Adherent Ocular
        Bandage. Paper at American Society of Cataract and Refractive
        Surgery Symposium, San Francisco, California, 2009.

Ongoing Instruction Courses - American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposia

Hovanesian JA, Agarwal A, Hardten DA, Kaufman SC. Use of Fibrin Tissue
        Adhesive in Conjunctival, Corneal, and Refractive Surgery. 2007-present.

Hovanesian JA, Tseng SC, Hardten DA, Kaufman SC. Use of Fibrin Tissue
        Adhesive in Conjunctival, Corneal, and Refractive Surgery. American
        Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Symposium. 2005-2007.

Hovanesian JA, Hardten DH, Corcoran KJ. Secrets to Growing the Use of
        Multifocal/Accommodative Lens Implants in Your Cataract Practice.
        American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting,
        2007-present.

Invited Lectures

Hovanesian JA. Physiologic Optics. National Science Foundation Short Course
        in Applied Optics, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1994.

Hovanesian JA. Optics of Keratorefractive Surgery. National Science
        Foundation Short Course in Applied Optics, Oakland University,
        Rochester, Michigan, 1996.

Shah SS, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Phakic Intraocular Lenses-Options for
        Extreme Myopia. Eye Advance 98, Bombay, India, September, 1998.

Shah SS, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Visual Performance after Refractive
        Surgery. Eye Advance 98, Bombay, India, September, 1998.

Shah SS, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Phakic Intraocular Lenses-Options for
        Extreme Myopia. South Asian Association of Regional Countries
        Ophthalmological Society, Ahmedabad, September, 1998.

Shah SS, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Visual Performance after Refractive
        Surgery. South Asian Association of Regional Countries
        Ophthalmological Society, Ahmedabad, September, 1998.

Hovanesian JA. Optics of Keratorefractive Surgery. National Science
        Foundation Short Course in Applied Optics, Oakland University,
        Rochester, Michigan, 1998.

Hovanesian JA. Episcleritis and Scleritis, Concepts and Advances. University
        of California Berkeley Continuing Education Meeting. Pomona, California, 1999.

Hovanesian JA. Moderate and Severe Ocular Allergy. University of California
        Berkeley Continuing Education Meeting. Pomona, California, 1999.

Hovanesian JA. Use of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive and Amnionic Membrane in
        Anterior Segment Surgery. Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting. Maui, Hawaii, 2006.

Hovanesian JA. Use of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive and Amnionic Membrane in
        Anterior Segment Surgery. Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting. Kauai, Hawaii, 2007.

Hovanesian JA. Medical Education From Cyberspace. Tenth International
        Armenian American Ophthalmology Conference. Yerevan, Armenia, 2007.

Hovanesian JA. Intraoperative Clinical Pearls for Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs.
        Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting. Kona, Hawaii, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. What's New in Corneal Transplantation. Royal Hawaiian Eye
        Meeting. Kona, Hawaii, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Keratoprosthesis: Current Results and Techniques for High-Risk
        Corneal Transplants. Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting. Kona, Hawaii, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Use of Amnionic Membrane in Ocular Surgery. Hellenic Society
        of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery Meeting, Athens,
        Greece, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Achieving Success with Modern Pterygium Surgery Using
        Fibrin Tissue Adhesive and Amnionic Membrane. Paper at 13th
        Annual International Joint Meeting of Ocular Surgery News,
        Italian Society of Ophthalmology and the Italian Association of
        Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Naples, Italy, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Evolution of Accommodative Lens Design: The Fourth
        Generation CrystaLens and Visiogen Synchrony. Thirteenth Annual
        International Joint Meeting of Ocular Surgery News, Italian
        Society of Ophthalmology and the Italian Association of Cataract
        and Refractive Surgery. Naples, Italy, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Presbyopic Lens Implants in Patients with Suboptimal Macular
        Function: Do We Dare? OSN New York Symposium, New York, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. The Zero Constant Aspheric Lens. Advances in
        Ophthalmology meeting. University of Toronto, Canada, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. Excimer Laser and Intracorneal Inlay Treatment of Presbyopia.
        Advances in Ophthalmology meeting. University of Toronto,
        Canada, 2008.

Hovanesian JA. What's New in Corneal Transplantation? Royal Hawaiian Eye
        Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, 2009.

Hovanesian JA. Successful Pterygium Surgery Using Fibrin Adhesive and
        Amnionic Membrane. Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting, Maui,
        Hawaii, 2009.

Hovanesian JA. The Next Frontier in Microsurgery. Royal Hawaiian Eye
        Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, 2009.

Hovanesian JA. Surgical Innovations: Presbyopia Correction and Beyond.
        System Wide Grand Rounds, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit,
        Michigan 2009.

Hovanesian JA. Management of Pterygium. Meeting of Joint Commission on
        Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, San Francisco,
        California, 2009.

Hovanesian JA. Secrets to Growing the Use of Multifocal and Accommodative
        Lens Implants in Your Cataract Practice.
        Kiawah Eye Meeting, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, 2009.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Hovanesian JA, Higginbotham EJ, Lichter PR. Long Term Visual Outcome of
        Ocular Hypotension after Thermosclerostomy. Am J Ophth, 115: 603-7,
        May, 1993.

Witte MM, Hovanesian JD, Hovanesian JA. A Tomographic Technique for
        Determining Contact Stress. Exp Technique, July/August, 1995.

Hovanesian JA, Faktorovich EG, Hoffbauer JD, Shah SS, Maloney RK.
        Bilateral Bacterial Keratitis After Laser In Situ Keratomileusis in a Patient
        With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. Arch Ophth 1999; 117: 968-70.

Mondino BJ, Hovanesian JA, Pleyer U. Bullous Diseases of the Skin and
        Mucous Membranes. Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology, External Disease
        Section, 1999.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Onclinx T, Maloney RK. Quantitative Topographic
        Irregularity as a Predictor of Spectacle Corrected Visual Acuity after
        Refractive Surgery. Am J Ophthalmol 2000; 129(6): 752-8.

Hovanesian JA, Shah SS, Maloney RK. Symptoms of Dry Eye and Recurrent
        Erosion Syndrome After Refractive Surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg
        2001; 27: 577-84.

Van Horn SD, Hovanesian JA, Maloney RK. Effect of volatile compounds on
        excimer laser power delivery. J Refract Surg (United States) Sep-Oct
        2002, 18(5) p524-8.

Hovanesian JA. New Technology: The Next Wave in Vision Correction. Ophth
        Mgmt Suppl. 2001.

Hovanesian JA. Wavefront Technology for Lasik: A Good Thing is Getting
        Better. Ophth Mgmt Suppl. 2002.

Hovanesian, JA. Maloney RK. Treating Astigmatism after a Free Lasik Cap by
        Rotating the Cap. J Cataract Refract Surg 2005; 31:1870-6.

Hovanesian, JA. Karageozian VH. Watertight Cataract Incision Closure Using
        Fibrin Tissue Adhesive. J Cataract Refract Surg 2007; 33:1461-3.

Hovanesian, JA. Cataract Wound Closure with a Polymerizing Liquid Hydrogel
        Ocular Bandage. J Cataract Refract Surg 2009; 35:912-6.

 

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