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Randal Pham, MD

About Randal Pham, MD, MS, FACS

Randal Pham, MD, MS, FACS is a board-certified eye surgeon with over 25 years of practice in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Pham arrived in the US as a refugee from communist Vietnam in 1975, penniless and completely unprepared, speaking not a single word of English. In 1978, he got accepted to UC Berkeley and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Biochemistry. He graduated from UCSF School of Medicine and completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the Case Western Reserve University Metrohealth St Luke’s Medical Center  in Cleveland. He finished his fellowship training in oculofacial plastic surgery with two world renowned surgeons, Sterling S Baker, MD and P David Hunter, MD, both from the University of Oklahoma. He became the first Vietnamese American to be inducted into the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Dr. Pham became interested in preventing and treating world blindness since his third year of medical school at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation of UCSF.[1]  After his training he established his practice in the heart of the Vietnamese community in the Silicon Valley. He continued his research in preventing blindness caused by trachoma using laser technologies and published his works in two major journals, Dermatologic Surgery[2] and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. [3] In 2017, he published a landmark paper in American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports opening the ways for research to cure blindness combining the use of lasers for treatment of the front of the eye with lasers for finding healthy retina in the back of the eye.[4],[5]  This coupling of ophthalmic anterior segment with posterior segment sensory function devices provides the first practical step to cure blindness using intraocular technologies.  For his achievements, Dr. Pham received numerous awards and honors: The Inaugural UCSF Innovators Award, the Stanford Provost Award, the Best Clinical Science Award from the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations and Physicians for a Healthy California Leadership Award; he was named America’s top surgeon by Castle and Connolly.

Education Background
Education Background
University of California, Berkeley A.B. Biochemistry 1983
University of California, Berkeley M.S. Medical Sciences 1986
University of California, San Francisco M.D. Medicine 1988
Post Graduate and Medical Training
Highland General Hospital ransitional/Medicine 1989
Metrohealth St Luke/ Case Western Reserve Univ Ophthalmology 1993
Dr. Sterling S. Baker, Fellowship Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery 1994
Dr. David P. Hunter, Fellowship Facial Plastic Surgery 1994
Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology 1997
American Board of Ophthalmology (recertification) 2007
Academic Appointment

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor


Department of Ophthalmology

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

School of Medicine

Stanford University

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Fellow, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Chair, Continuing Medical Education Subcommittee (ASOPRS)
  • Member, Information Technology Committee (ASOPRS)
  • Chair, Continuing Medical Education Committee, California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Member, American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Member, Board of Trustees, California Medical Association
  • Member, Alumni Association of the University of California, Berkeley
  • Member, Alumni Association of the University of California, San Francisco
  • Member, Medical Review Advisory Committee, Santa Clara County Medical Association
  • Member, Refractive Surgery Alliance Society


  1. Pham R, Sung M, Dawson C R, Schachter J: Chlamydial infection of subcutaneous conjunctival transplants in guinea pigs. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 31:1367, 1990.
  2. Pham R, Tzekov R T, Biesman B S, Marmor M F: Retinal evaluation after 810 nm Dioderm laser removal of eyelashes. Derm Surg 28:9:836, 2002.
  3. Pham R, Biesman B S, Silkiss R Z: Treatment of trichiasis using 810 nm diode laser: An efficacy study. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 22:6:445, 2006.
  4. Pham R, Nguyen P, Worrell B, Narain K: Femtosecond laser cataract surgery and implantable miniature telescope. Am J Ophthal Case Reports 7:40-49, 2017.
  5. Pham R T: Femtosecond laser assists implantation of miniature telescope. Ocular Surg News U S Edition. September 10, 2018.