Donny Won Suh MD

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Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Professor of Ophthalmology


M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1995
M.B.A., Creighton University Heider College of Business, 2019, Healthcare Executive

Phone: (949) 824-4122
Email: donnys@hs.uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
850 Health Sciences Road
Mail Code: 4375
Irvine, CA 92697
Awards and Honors
2020 “Omahan of the Year” Omaha Rotary Club
2018 American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award
2017 University of Nebraska Medical Center Emerging Inventor of the Year Recipient
2016 University of Nebraska Medical Center Research Innovation Award
2005-2018 Best Doctor in America
2003-2018 America’s Top Ophthalmologist – Consumer Research Council of America
2015-2018 Omaha Magazine- Best Doctor in Omaha
2011-2016 Compassionate Doctor Award (from American Registry)
2013 American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
Honor Award
2017 Pediatric Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) Top Recruiter of the Year
2012-2013 Pediatric Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) Site of the Year
2012 Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) Performance Award
2014 Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) Clinical Research Award
2013 Blank Children’s Pediatric Residency Program “Best Faculty of the Year”
2012 Blank Children’s Hospital Physician Recognition Award, Des Moines, IA
2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement’s Award
2004 ORBIS Medical Faculty Award 2004, ORBIS International
2004 Volunteer Faculty of the Month Award, University of Nebraska Medical School
1998 Paul Kayser Scholar, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
1998 AMA Physician Recognition Award
1988-1991 Rice University President’s Award
Short Biography
Donny W. Suh, M.D., FAAP, MBA, FACS works at Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is a Professor and Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCI. Previously, he worked at Children’s Hospital of Omaha as the Chief of Ophthalmology Service and Interim Surgeon-in-Chief. Also, he was John and Irene Graether Endowed Chair and Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He was also the Director of Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He completed his pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at The Eye Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, and received his medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Suh is an active volunteer faculty of ORBIS medical mission programs since 2000, and has traveled to South America, Europe, Asia and Africa to provide medical and surgical services as well as to teach the local ophthalmologists.

He is a Chief Editor for Medscape Online Reference since March 2016 and has published over 100 articles in major journals and chapters in major textbooks.

Dr. Suh was a Chairman of the Annual Meeting Program Committee in pediatric ophthalmology for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the President of Polk County Medical Society in Iowa in 2014 representing over 1200 physicians in Central Iowa advocating for the patients and medical professionals. He was also Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair for The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in his subspecialty. He is actively involved with teaching the medical student and residents in pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine and ophthalmology in Iowa and Nebraska since 2000. He was also Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair for The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in his subspecialty.

He is currently involved in 20 Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research projects and actively working with UNMC and Creighton medical students, residents and fellows in Pediatrics and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Suh is actively involved with research with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigation Group (PEDIG), which is sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NIH). ?He has numerous inventions with patents for surgical equipment and medical devices. He is an Ophthalmology Executive Committee member and a Chair-elect for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and help to establish guidelines for pediatricians for pediatric eye care. He is also the Chairman for Membership Committee for American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Ophthalmology Section and He has been voted “Best Doctor in America” and “America’s Top Ophthalmologist” since 2003 to present. He is member of American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and have been voted “Emerging Inventor of the Year” at UNMC.
Publications
Suh, D.W., Commentary on Determining the Tractional Forces on Vitreoretinal Interface. Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology Feb 2021 p 343
 
Suh, D.W., Commentary on Determining the Tractional Forces on Vitreoretinal Interface. Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology Feb 2021 p 343
 
Song, H., Thoreson W., Dong, P., Gu, L., Suh, D.W., Exploring the Vitreoretinal Interface: A Key Instigator of Unique Retinal Hemorrhage Patterns in Pediatric Head Trauma. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVVS) submitted for publication in Jan 2021
 
Pang Yi, Suh, D.W., Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health of Ophthalmic Personnel and Students. Journal of Pediatric Ophtalmology and Strabismus (JPOS) accepted for publication Jan 2021
 
Reitinger J., Jain, S., Suh, D.W., Significant Increase in Non-COVID-19 Related Ophthalmology Publications During the COVID-19 Era, Is This a New Normal? Eye Accepted for publication Dec. 2020
 
Suh, D.W., Jain, S., Ergonomics among Pediatric Ophthalmologists; Current Management. Journal of Pediatric Ophtalmology and Strabismus (JPOS) submitted for publication June 2020
 
Song, H.H., Mozafari, H, Thoreson, W.B, Suh, D.W., Comparison of the Tractional Forces on Vitreoretinal Interface Using Computer Simulation and Various Animal Models in Abusive Head Trauma. Journal of Ophthalmology submitted for publication October 2020
 
Suh, D.W., Mozafari, H, Song, H.H., Thoreson, W.B, Determining the Tractional Forces on Vitreoretinal Interface Using Computer Simulation Model in Abusive Head Trauma. American Journal of Ophthalmology
 
Al-Holou SN, Siefker E, Jain SF, Suh DW, Rizzo WB. Macular Crystalline Inclusions in Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome are Dynamic Structures that Undergo Remodeling. Ophthalmic Genetics. May 2020
 
Ishihara, R., Jain, Samiksha, Perry, D., Suh, D.W., Legge, R. Orbital Pseudotumor as the Presenting Symptom of Crohn’s Disease in a male child. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports March 2020
 
Netzel A.N., High R., Suh, D.W. Optic Never Hypoplasia: A Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Presentation and Disease Severity. Clinical Ophthalmology. Dec 2019:13, 2607-2616
 
Binenbaum, Gl, G-Rop Study Group. Validation of the Postnatal Growth and Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening Criteria. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2019
 
Jain, Samiksha, Suh, D.W., Ocular Findings in Trisomy 13: Nasolacrimal Duct Stenosis Case Series. Open Journal of Ophthalmology, October 2019
 
Siddicky, S., Akhter, Sidra., Suh, D.W. Ergonomics of Surgical Loupes Among Pediatric Ophthalmologists; New Suh Loupes. JPOS, October 2019
 
Fouzdar-Jain, S., Suh, D.W., Rizzo, W.B., Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome: A Complex Metabolic Disease with a Distinctive Ocular Phenotype. Ophthalmic Genetics ISN: 1744-5094, 2019
 
Kulp, M., Holmes J., Trevano, Dean., Suh, D.W., et al, A Randomized Clinical Trial of Immediate vs. Delayed Glasses for Moderate Hyperopia in 3 to 5-year-olds. American Journal of Ophthalmology
 
Kulp, M., Holmes J., Trevano, Dean., Suh, D.W., et al, A Randomized Clinical Trial of Immediate vs. Delayed Glasses for Moderate Hyperopia in 1 and 1-year-olds. Ophthalmology, 126, 6, 876-887, June 2019
 
Begley, B., Martin, J., Tufty, G., Suh, D.W., Evaluation of a Remote Telemedicine Screening System for Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 56(3):157-161, 2019
 
Morgan, L, Jain, S., Svec, A, Svec, C, Haney, S., Allbery, S., High, R., Suh, D.W., Clinical Comparison of Ocular and Systemic Findings in Diagnosed Cases of Abusive and Non-abusive Head Trauma. Clinical Ophthalmology, 12 1505-1510, September 2018
 
Binenbaum, G. G-ROP Study Group, Development of Modified Screening Criteria for Retinopathy of Prematurity; Primary Results From the Postnatal Growth and Retinopathy of Prematurity Study. JAMA Ophthalmology 10.1001, July 2018
 
Wu, A.R, Fouzdar-Jain, S., Suh, D.W., Comparison Study of Funduscopic Exam Using the smartphone based Digital Ophthalmoscope and the Direct Ophthalmoscope. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Vol 55, No 3, June 2018
 
Williams, T., Morgan, L.A., High, R., Suh, D.W., Critical Assessment of an Ocular Photoscreener to detect Amblyogenic Risk Factors in Nebraska. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Vol 55, No 3, June 2018
 
Haschke, M., Kinberg, Hannah., Morgan, L.A, Suh, D.W., Assessment of an Advanced Vision Screener in the Detection of Amblyopia in the Nebraska Pediatric Population.
 
Maloley L.A., Morgan, A.M., High R., Suh, D.W., Prevalence of Wrong Site Surgery in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Vol 55, No 3, June 2018
 
McCauley, K., Chundu, A., Suh D.W. Implementation of a Clinical Prediction Model Using Daily Postnatal Weight Gain Birth Weight and Gestational Age to Risk Stratify ROP. (JPOS-2017-249R1) Accepted for publication in JPOS, January 2018
 
Fouzdar-Jain, S., Song, H., Al-Holou, S., Morgan, L., Suh, D.W., Retinopathy of Prematurity: Preferred Practice Patterns Among Pediatric Ophthalmologists. Clinical Ophthalmology, Volume 2018:12, p 1003-1009, May 2018
 
Kim, S.Y., Morgan, L. A., Balwin, A.J., Suh, D.W., Comparison of the Characteristics of Retinal Hemorrhages in Abusive Head Trauma and Normal Vaginal Delivery. JAAPOS, April 2018
 
Burke M.J., Chan, P., Friedman, I.B, Suh, D.W., Immediate Preoperative and Postoperative Management for Strabismus Surgery. Accepted for publication. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology
 
Qian X, Jain, S, Morgan L, Kruse T., Cabrera, M., Suh, D.W., Neuroimaging and Endocrine Disorder in Pediatric Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. British Journal of Ophthalmology, Oct 2015
 
Cowles, M.C., Suh, D.W., Assessment of the OPTEC Vision Screener in the Detection of Amblyopia in the Pediatric Population. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, December 2017
 
Kim, S.Y., Suh, D.W., Comparison of the Characteristics of Retinal Hemorrhages in Abusive Head Trauma and Normal Vaginal Delivery. JAAPOS, August 2017, p24
 
Dickson, D., Fouzdar-Jain, S., McDonald C., Song, H., Agraz, D., Morgan, L., Suh, D.W., Comparison Study of Funduscopic Exam of Pediatric Patients Using the D-EYE Method and Conventional Indirect Ophthalmoscopic Methods. Open Journal of Ophthalmology July 2017, p145-152
 
Luo, L., Morgan, L., Suh, D.W., The Suh muscle hook: A new muscle hook for tight extraocular muscles during strabismus surgery. Open Journal of Ophthalmology, February 2017, Volume 7 No 1, p 52-56
 
Smith, F.K, Rathore, G, Suh, D.W., Clinical Presentations of Pediatric Horner Syndrome. Open Journal of Ophthalmology, 2017, Volume 7 No. 1
 
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, Cataract Surgery in Children from Birth to less than 13 Years of age. Ophthalmology, October 2016, 1426, 1-12
 
Akah, L.C, Morgan, L.A., Suh, D.W., Amniotic Membrane Grafts in Pediatric Corneal Limbal Dermoids with Conjunctival Eyelashes: A Case Presentation. Open Journal of Ophthalmology, 2016, 6,191-197
 
Harkin, K.A., Suh, D.W., Epibulbar Osseous Choristoma in Pediatric Patient; case report. Accepted for publication in American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, October 2016 (Senior corresponding author)
 
Arnold, R.W., Olitsky, S.E., Suh, D.W., Wasserman, B.N., Management of Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction with Anatomic Anomalies. In Press for publication in Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2017
 
Park, C., Abromowitch, M., Suh, D.W., Isolated Central Nervous System Primary Acute Monoblastic Leukemia presenting as Papilledema. Pediaric Blood & Cancer, 2017
 
Suh, D.W., Kulp, M.T., Dean, T.W., Clinical Factors Associated with Moderate Hyperopia in Preschool Children with Normal Stereopsis and Visual Acuity. JAAPOS, Oct. 2016; 455-457
 
Suh, S.H., Suh, D.W.,Benson C., The Degree of Anisocoria in Pediatric Patients with Horner Syndrome When Compared to Children Without the Disease. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. May 2016;186-189
 
Sharma, A., Foster, R.S., Suh, D.W., Smith, D., Kraft, S.P., Idiopathic Enlargement of the Extraocular Muscles in Young Patients: a Case Series. American Journal of Ophthalmology. Reply. April 2016;164: 147
 
Sharma, A., Foster, R.S., Suh, D.W., Smith, D., Kraft, S.P., Idiopathic Enlargement of the Extraocular Muscles in Young Patients: a Case Series. American Journal of Ophthalmology. Jan 2016;161:206-213
 
Mohney, B.G., Cotter, S.A., Chandler, D.L., Holmes, J.M., Chen, A.M., Melia M, Donahue, S.P., Wallace, D.K., Kraker, R.T., Suh, D.W., A Randomized Trial Comparing Part-time Patching with Observation for Intermittent Exotropia in Children 12 to 35 Months of Age. Ophthalmology. Reply. March 2016; 123(3)
 
Mohney, B.G., Cotter, S.A., Chandler, D.L., Holmes, J.M., Chen, A.M., Melia M, Donahue, S.P., Wallace, D.K., Kraker, R.T., Suh, D.W., A Randomized Trial Comparing Part-time Patching with Observation for Intermittent Exotropia in Children 12 to 35 Months of Age. Ophthalmology. Aug 2015 122(8):1718-25
 
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Time course and predictors of amblyopia improvement with 2 hours of daily patching. JAMA Ophthalmol. May 2015;133(5):606-609
 
Chowaniec, M.J., Suh, D.W., Boldt, H.C., Stasheff, S.F., Beer, P.M., Barry, G.P., Anomalous optical coherence tomography findings in Wyburn-Mason Syndrome and Isolated Retinal Arteriovenous Malformation JAAPOS. May 2015, p175-177
 
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group., A Randomized Trial of Levodopa as Treatment for Residual Amblyopia in Older Children. Ophthalmology May 2015;122:874-881
 
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group., Evaluation of the Intermittent Exotropia Questionnaire using Rasch analysis. JAMA Ophthalmol. Apr 2015;133(4):461-465
Professional Societies
American College of Surgeons (ACS) Fellow October 4th, 2020
American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) June 2020 to pres
American College of Healthcare Executives 2018 to pres
American Ophthalmological Society (AOS)
International Strabismological Association (ISA) 2018 - pres
Metro Omaha Medical Society (MOMS) 2016 - pres
Nebraska Academy of Pediatrics, Aug 2014 - pres
Polk County Medical Society: President 2014
American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
ORBIS Ophthalmology Volunteer Faculty 2002 - pres
Surgical Eye Expedition International: Medical Mission Org.
American Academy of Pediatrics 2001- pres
American Medical Association, 2001 – pres
Iowa Medical Society, 2000 - pres
American Academy of Ophthalmology,1996 - pres
Eye Care America, National Eye Care Project, 2000 - pres
Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association, 1995 - pres
Rice University Alumni Association – Admission Committee
Last updated
05/10/2021