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David D. Richardson, MD

Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Department: Ophthalmology

Clinical Specialty: Ophthalmology

Treatment Expertise: Cataract, Glaucoma, Dry Eye Disease, General Ophthalmology

Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2000 - 2020

Location: VA - Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center

Biography and Education


David D. Richardson, MD, is a board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of cataract and glaucoma. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Richardson earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School with scholarships from Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

As an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of USC, he supervises resident physicians at the VA Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System. He additionally serves as Vice Chief of Staff at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. He has authored a patient-centered book on Cataract, “So, You’ve Got A Cataract?” and written many articles about glaucoma and cataract on his blogs, and, respectively.

He started his private practice in San Gabriel, CA in 1999 and became San Gabriel’s first ophthalmologist to use such modern technologies as the accommodating Crystalens (with cataract surgery) and the iTrack microcatheter (canaloplasty glaucoma surgery). In 2013, Dr. David Richardson moved his practice to San Marino, California.

Dr. Richardson has performed thousands of advanced cataract and glaucoma procedures with excellent results and is among an elite group of glaucoma surgeons in the country performing the highly specialized canaloplasty procedure. Multiple patients have travelled from around the world to have canaloplasty by Dr. Richardson.

Research Interests:

Advanced Glaucoma Treatments


  • Doctor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1995
    Bachelor’s Degree, University of Southern California, 1990


  • Huntington Memorial Hospital, 1996


  • LAC+USC Medical Center/ Doheny Institute, 1999


  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (NIH), 1995


Professional society memberships:

  • Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Lifetime Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Member, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
  • Member, California Medical Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Medical Society
  • Member, Ophthalmology Innovation Network


  • Harvard Linnane Scholar, 1995
  • Harvard National Scholar, 1995
  • Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, 1995
  • Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship, 1995
  • Magna Cum Laude, 1990
  • Order of the Palm, 1990
  • Milo Don Appleman Jr., M.D. Memorial Award, 1990
  • J. Wesley Robb Endowed Scholarship in Human Values, 1990
  • Skull and Dagger Senior Honor Society, 1990
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 1990
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1990
  • Southern California Super Doctors® Honors (2010 – 2015)
  • Pasadena Magazine’s Top Doctor Honors (2008-2015)
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor (2010-2014)
  • Vitals Patients’ Choice Award (2009-2013)
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll – 2013