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Sanford Chen, MD

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
    (Board Certified)
Spanish, Korean, English
Primary Address | Office Details
Orange County Retina Medical Group - Santa Ana
999 North Tustin Avenue
Suite 17

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (714) 972-8432

Fax: (714) 972-8474

Secondary Address | Office Details
Orange County Retina Medical Group

320 Superior Avenue

Suite 160

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Phone: (949) 646-3242

Fax: (714) 972-8474

Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • Providence Affiliated Physicians, St. Joseph
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  • Meet The Provider
    Sanford Chen, M.D. is a board-certified vitreoretinal surgeon who has been a partner at Orange County Retina since 1993.
    Dr. Chen, a member of MENSA, received his medical degree at the age of 23 from an accelerated Premedical–Medical program at the University of Michigan. This was followed with an internship in internal medicine at Yale. Dr. Chen’s ophthalmology residency was completed at the Scheie Eye Institute – University of Pennsylvania. While performing his retina fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye Infirmary – Harvard Medical School, he was also granted an academic research fellowship at the Eye Research Institute.
    Dr. Chen is a nationally and internationally recognized retina specialist who is actively involved in clinical research. He has participated as principal investigator in over 90 multicenter trials. Complimenting his research endeavors, Dr. Chen serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. He is also a consultant to many biotech, surgical, and pharmaceutical companies involved in the development of new treatments, surgical techniques, and instrumentation. He has particular expertise in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and surgical management of macular pathology.
    Dr. Chen is also a contributor to medical literature having authored abstracts, original papers, and book chapters. He serves as a scientific editorial reviewer for Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, and Journal of Vitreoretinal Surgery.
    Dr. Chen has been widely recognized by his professional colleagues and peers, by being listed in “Physicians of Excellence,” “Best Doctors,” and “Who’s Who lists” on an annual basis. He has been featured on national syndicated television shows such as “The Doctors” and “Hallmark Channel.” He has served as team retinal surgeon to the Anaheim Ducks (National Hockey League).
    Dr. Chen lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife and two children. He actively serves as a coach and manager to his kids’ multiple sports teams. In addition, his own hobbies include ice hockey, skiing, golf, and piano. He enjoys giving back to his community and participates in several volunteer organizations and has performed medical missionary services to Armenia and China.
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    Primary Specialties
    Primary Specialties
    • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
      (Board Certified)
    Other Specialties Associations Areas of Interest
    Areas of Interest

    Retinal and Vitreous Disorders

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology

    Education & Training
    • Medical School
      University of Michigan - 1987
    • Internship
      Yale University - 1988
    • Fellowship
      Harvard Medical School - 1993
    • Residency
      Scheie Eye Institute - 1991
  • Insurance Accepted

    Insurance Accepted

    • Insurance Plan

    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
    • Anthem Blue Cross HMO
    • Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Advantage
    • Blue Shield of CA HMO
    • Blue Shield of CA HMO – Trio
    • Blue Shield of CA Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna HMO
    • Health Net HMO
    • Health Net Medicare Advantage
    • Providence Medicare Advantage
    • SCAN Medicare Advantage
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
    • Vivity by Anthem Blue Cross

Orange County Retina Medical Group - Santa Ana

  • Address
    999 North Tustin Avenue, Suite 17,
    Santa Ana, CA 92705
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  • Phone
    (714) 972-8432
    (714) 972-8474
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Website Information

  • Secondary Location

Orange County Retina Medical Group