DoctorsSandy X. Zhang-Nunes, MD

Sandy X. Zhang-Nunes, MD

Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and the Director of Oculo-Facial Plastics Services

Department: Ophthalmology

Clinical Specialty: Oculo-Facial Plastics, Orbital and Reconstructive Surgery

Treatment Expertise: Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Droopy Eyelids, Brow Ptosis, Reconstruction After Moh's Tumor Excision, Thyroid Eye Disease, Orbital Facial, Fractures, Cosmetic Surgery, Laser and Light Therapy, Botox, Fillers

Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Language: English, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Limited Spanish

Location: Los Angeles and Arcadia

Biography and Education

Biography

Sandy X. Zhang-Nunes, MD, earned her undergraduate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute UCLA and completed a prestigious two-year American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Fellowship based at Ophthalmic Surgeons and Consultants of Ohio in Columbus. Her clinical interests involve eyelid and eyebrow lifting surgeries for both cosmesis and functional reasons (blepharoplasty, ptosis surgery, endoscopic brow lifts), cosmetic lower eyelid, midface and full face surgery, reconstruction after Mohs (tumor) excisions, orbital disease, such as thyroid eye disease, tumors, fractures, eyelid malpositions from aging and congenital anomalies, blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm, cosmetic laser and light therapy, Botox and fillers.

Dr. Zhang-Nunes treats each patient with care, addressing concerns to achieve the most natural and optimal results as possible. She also enjoys teaching, having published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, as well as lecturing and presenting research nationally and internationally.

Research Interests:

Dr. Zhang-Nunes’s research focuses on patients with thyroid eye disease. She also conducts studies related to imaging of eyelid and orbital structures, comparison of cosmetic neurotoxins, and dissolution rate of various hyaluronic acid gel fillers. Dr. Zhang-Nunes performs blepharoplasty and brow surgery corrections and studies their clinical outcomes.

Education

  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2003
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003-2008

Internship

  • Intermountain Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT, 2008-2009

Residency

  • University of California Los Angeles, Jules Stein Eye Institute, 2009-2012

Fellowship

  • ASOPRS Fellowship, Ophthalmic Surgeons & Consultants of OH

Accomplishments

Professional society memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Women in Ophthalmology

Awards

  • National Merit Scholar, 1999
  • Discover Card Scholarship, 1999
  • Zonta Club scholarship, 1999
  • National Beta Club scholarship, 1999
  • Olympus Titan Award, 1999
  • MIT Excellent Academic Record, 2002
  • Hans-Lukas Teuber Award for outstanding research and academics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2003
  • Community Connection Award for leadership in Alternative Spring Break, 2003
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society, 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2003
  • American Neurological Association Travel Award, Sarnoff Foundation Research Award, 2005
  • Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship Award, 2005

Publications

  1. Zhang-Nunes SX, Dang S, Garneau HC, Hwang C, Isaacs D, Chang SH, et al. Characterization and outcomes of repeat orbital decompression for thyroid-associated orbitopathy. Orbit (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 2015;34(2):57-65. Epub 2014/09/23. doi: 10.3109/01676830.2014.949784. PubMed PMID: 25244551.
  2. Hill RH, 3rd, Czyz CN, Kandapalli S, Zhang-Nunes SX, Cahill KV, Wulc AE, et al. Evolving Minimally Invasive Techniques for Tear Trough Enhancement. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2015;31(4):306-9. Epub 2014/10/10. doi: 10.1097/iop.0000000000000325. PubMed PMID: 25299740.
  3. Briceno CA, Zhang-Nunes SX, Massry GG. Minimally invasive surgical adjuncts to upper blepharoplasty. Facial plastic surgery clinics of North America. 2015;23(2):137-51. Epub 2015/04/30. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2015.01.013. PubMed PMID: 25921565.
  4. Briceno CA, Zhang-Nunes SX, Massry GG. Minimally invasive options for the brow and upper lid. Facial plastic surgery clinics of North America. 2015;23(2):153-66. Epub 2015/04/30. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2015.01.012. PubMed PMID: 25921566.
  5. Liu Y, Zhang-Nunes S, Zhu X, Xu X, Sun X, Wu Y. Late adult onset optic pathway astrocytoma. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 2013;20(11):1610-2. Epub 2013/06/25. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.09.044. PubMed PMID: 23790623.
  6. Zhang-Nunes SX, Jarullazada I, Mancini R. Late central visual recovery after traumatic globe displacement into the maxillary sinus. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2012;28(1):e17-9. Epub 2011/04/15. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e318213f5fb. PubMed PMID: 21490518.
  7. Xu Y, Cai Y, Gong N, Chen C, Wu Y, Zhang-Nunes S, et al. Homeostatic plasticity of GABAergic synaptic transmission in mice lacking GAT1. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 2007;361(2):499-504. Epub 2007/07/28. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.07.042. PubMed PMID: 17655829.
  8. Wu YC, Zhao YB, Tang MG, Zhang-Nunes SX, McArthur JC. AIDS dementia complex in China. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 2007;14(1):8-11. Epub 2006/10/31. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2005.07.012. PubMed PMID: 17070055.
  9. Prada CM, Garcia-Alloza M, Betensky RA, Zhang-Nunes SX, Greenberg SM, Bacskai BJ, et al. Antibody-mediated clearance of amyloid-beta peptide from cerebral amyloid angiopathy revealed by quantitative in vivo imaging. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2007;27(8):1973-80. Epub 2007/02/23. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.5426-06.2007. PubMed PMID: 17314293.
  10. Kinkingnehun S, Volle E, Pelegrini-Issac M, Golmard JL, Lehericy S, du Boisgueheneuc F, et al. A novel approach to clinical-radiological correlations: Anatomo-Clinical Overlapping Maps (AnaCOM): method and validation. NeuroImage. 2007;37(4):1237-49. Epub 2007/08/19. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.06.027. PubMed PMID: 17702605.
  11. Zhang-Nunes SX, Maat-Schieman ML, van Duinen SG, Roos RA, Frosch MP, Greenberg SM. The cerebral beta-amyloid angiopathies: hereditary and sporadic. Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland). 2006;16(1):30-9. Epub 2006/04/15. PubMed PMID: 16612980.
  12. Garcia-Alloza M, Robbins EM, Zhang-Nunes SX, Purcell SM, Betensky RA, Raju S, et al. Characterization of amyloid deposition in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mouse model of Alzheimer disease. Neurobiology of disease. 2006;24(3):516-24. Epub 2006/10/13. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2006.08.017. PubMed PMID: 17029828.
  13. du Boisgueheneuc F, Levy R, Volle E, Seassau M, Duffau H, Kinkingnehun S, et al. Functions of the left superior frontal gyrus in humans: a lesion study. Brain : a journal of neurology. 2006;129(Pt 12):3315-28. Epub 2006/09/21. doi: 10.1093/brain/awl244. PubMed PMID: 16984899.
  14. Arjona AA, Zhang SX, Adamson B, Wurtman RJ. An animal model of antipsychotic-induced weight gain. Behavioural brain research. 2004;152(1):121-7. Epub 2004/05/12. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2003.09.040. PubMed PMID: 15135975.