Dr. Narsing Rao, alongside Drs. Charles Flowers and Brandon Wong, oversee an exceptional and unique group of residents and fellows. Meet these wonderful physicians and surgeons who are poised to become the academic and clinical thought leaders of tomorrow.
To learn more about the team at the USC Roski Eye Institute, view our ophthalmology faculty. For more information on how our team is making advancements in the field of ophthalmology, check out our USC Roski Eye Institute Annual Report.
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Chairman and Professor, USC Department of Ophthalmology
Director of the Uveitis Service and Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
NARSING A. RAO, MD, is involved in the treatment of inflammatory ocular diseases affecting the uveal tract, vitreous, retina, and sclera. Dr. Rao has published over 440 peer-reviewed papers in clinical and basic science findings. He has received numerous honors and awards for his research endeavors on ocular inflammatory diseases from Research to Prevent Blindness and the National Institute of Health. He delivered several named lectures, both nationally and internationally, including visiting professorships at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, University of Paris, France, Moorefields Eye Institute, London, University of Rome, Italy, Tokyo Medical University, Kyushu University in Fukoka, Japan, and University of Sydney, Australia.
For his outstanding contributions to ophthalmology, he was awarded the Lorenz E. Zimmerman medal from American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Ramon L. Font medal from Pan American Society of Ophthalmology, the International Ocular Inflammation Society Award, and received an award from European Vision and Eye Research Association in 2006. Dr. Rao was also the recipient of the prestigious Bietti Medal from International Council of Ophthalmology.
In the past 25 years, Dr. Rao has focused on clinical and basic research on oxidative stress mediated retinal damage in intraocular inflammation/uveitis. Dr. Rao has had several successful NEI-funded R01 grants since 1985 and has worked on many projects with high relevance to the public health.
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director, Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship
Ophthalmology Residency Program Director at USC Roski Eye Institute + LAC Medical Center
CHARLES W. FLOWERS JR., MD, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship Director at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD, received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1985 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1989. During his time as a medical student he was honored as a national medical fellowship scholar. Following his ophthalmology residency training at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine in Los Angeles, California, he completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship in the USC Department of Ophthalmology where he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Resident Training. Dr. Flowers has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top eye surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council for his expertise in cornea and refractive surgery.
Dr. Flowers’ research focuses on identifying best practices for deploying teleophthalmology to screen for diabetic retinopathy in urban medically underserved communities. In addition, he conducts investigations on the use of Anterior Segment OCT as a tool for refractive surgery screening and Posterior Segment OCT of the optic nerve as a tool for assessing post concussion syndrome. In addition, Dr. Flowers is involved in identifying best practices for sports visual enhancement.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Assistant Residency Program Director for Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC)
BRANDON WONG, MD, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of arts in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and then completed an internship year in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Sunset Medical Center. Dr. Wong completed his residency training at the LAC+USC Roski Eye Institute, where he served as chief resident and was awarded Resident Teacher of the Year his senior year. He then completed a fellowship in glaucoma under the direction of Dr. Robert Weinreb at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute and Hamilton Glaucoma Center.
Dr. Wong has a wide variety of clinical research interests. His current glaucoma research focuses on the role of corneal hysteresis and its relationship to changes in the anterior lamina cribrosa in patients with glaucoma.
Malvin D. Anders, MD
Chief of Ophthalmology at LAC + USC
MALVIN D. ANDERS, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California and Chief of Ophthalmology at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at Keck School of Medicine of USC. After completing an ophthalmology internship at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, he received his ophthalmology residency training at Los Angeles County + Martin Luther King Hospital. He then did a fellowship in Glaucoma at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York under the direction of Dr. Steven Podos.
Dr. Anders has been involved in resident education since returning as faculty to Los Angeles County + Martin Luther King Hospital following his fellowship. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching particularly in the areas of cataract and glaucoma surgery. He served as residency Program Director for several years at Martin Luther King Hospital prior to returning to LAC+USC to join the full-time faculty in 2008. Dr. Anders is an integral member of the clinical faculty and oversees many of the administrative and operational duties for the ophthalmology service at the County Hospital.
Dr. Anders is married to Bernadette DeMesme-Anders and has two adult daughters, Rani and Courtney. His interests outside of medicine include gardening, golf, and Formula One racing.
Residency Program Coordinator
TY CHRISTOPHER is the ophthalmology program coordinator the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. After a six-year career managing a home care facility, Ty Christopher moved to Chicago to begin a career in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014 Ty returned to Los Angeles to become Program Coordinator for the Ophthalmology Residency at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.