Meet Dr. Sebag

J. Sebag, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, FARVO

As a vitreo-retinal specialist, I perform surgery and treat patients only with Vitreo-retinal diseases.  At VMR Insitute (VMR stands for Vitreous Macula Retina) we regularly treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), diabetic retinopathy, vitreous floaters, macular holes, macular pucker, retinal detachments, and retinal vascular occlusions.


Vitreo-retinal specialists, like myself, are not only board certified ophthalmologists, but have also completed two additional years of fellowship training to allow us to specialize in the Vitreous, Macula and Retina.


My goal in founding the VMR Institute was to bring the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to the local community in a private setting. I am very proud of the fact that with the help of our outstanding staff, VMR has become a leading center of excellence for pioneering diagnostics and therapies of diseases of the Vitreous, Macula and Retina.


As pioneers, we offer diagnostic testing and treatments not offered by others.  As a center of excellence we have taught countless medical students and research fellows who have pursued their own leadership roles in our profession.VMR Institute has become a referral center where many other eye doctors compliment us by allowing us to care for their patients who have retinal problems.


On a personal note, I love boating, travel, and my wife. She enjoys ballroom dancing which we used to do together. Now she competes at Pro-Am events in the area, which I always try to attend since I love watching her dance.

I also love travel, in particular Europe, as I lived in Stockholm, Sweden (1973-75) and Paris, France (1983-84).  As a result, I am fluent in Swedish and French.

Educated at Columbia & Harvard, Dr. Sebag is considered a world’s leading authority on vitreous. He has authored three books, as well as many articles, chapters and editorials on diseases, drug therapy, and surgery of the Vitreous, Macula, and Retina (VMR).

In addition to his role as full professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute, Dr. Sebag has also been visiting professor around the world.

In private practice since 1986, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

In 2006, he was inducted into the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society.

In 2010, he was designated a fellow of ARVO, the world’s premier eye research organization.

For over three decades, Dr. Sebag has provided the highest level of eye care to the local community in a private setting. Dr. Sebag founded the VMR Institute in order to provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutics in eye health with compassion and care.

Specialty: Laser Therapy, Injections & Surgery of

Vitreous – Macula – Retina

Degrees: MD

Fellowships: American College of Surgeons (FACS),

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK (FRCOphth), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO)

College: Columbia College, New York

Medical School: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

Internship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA,

Los Angeles

Ophthalmology Residency: Harvard Medical School,

Boston, Mass.

Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Boston Mass.

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Special Expertise: World’s leading authority on Vitreous

Current Academic Appointments:

Senior Research Scientist, Doheny Eye Institute

Full Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, UCLA

Dr. Sebag’s CV



Invited Lectures

2013       Plenary Lecture, Joint meeting of Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society (52nd meeting) and Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society (8th meeting), Nagoya, Japan

2013       Symposium Organizer, European Society of Ophthalmology, Copenhagen

2013       Invited Speaker, ARVO Mini-symposium, Seattle

2013       Invited Lecturer, 9th Annual Meeting, Swiss Vitreo-Retinal Group, Zurich

2012       Invited Speaker, University of Amsterdam

2012       Invited Speaker, EURETINA course on Vitreous, Milano

2011       Symposium Chair & Speaker, Combined Meeting of the European Society of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Geneva

2011       Invited Speaker, Vitreous Symposium, EURETINA, London, England

2010       Visiting Professor, Nagoya University, Japan

2010       Guest Speaker, Sydney Eye Hospital, University of Sydney, Australia

2009       Symposium Chair & Guest Speaker, 4th International Conference on Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, Vienna

2009       Symposium Chair & Speaker, European Society of Ophthalmology, Amsterdam

2009       LuEsther Mertz Retinal Research Lecture, Macula Foundation, Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital and New York University, New York, N.Y.

2008       Guest Lecturer, Festschrift honoring Professor Peter Kroll, Phillips University of Marburg, Germany

2007       Guest Lecturer, Centennial Symposium, Fondazione Bietti, Rome

2006       Guest Speaker, Symposium on Emerging Treatments in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, World Ophthalmology Congress, Sao Paolo, Brasil

2005       Guest Speaker, AAO Retina Subspecialty Day Meeting, Chicago

2005       Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, July 2005

2005       Guest Lecturer, Juntendo University, Urayasu, Japan

2004       Guest Lecturer, Italian Retina Society, Rome, Italy, November 2004

2004      Guest Speaker, European Vitreo-Retinal Society, Istanbul, Turkey, September

2004      Guest Lecturer,Fritz Koerner Festschrift, University of Bern, Switzerland

2003      Rapport de la Société Française d’Ophtalmologie, Paris, France

2001      Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, Cambridge, England

2001      Springer Lecturer, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

2001      Visiting Professor, Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2000      Visiting Professor, Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, P.R.C.

2000      Inaugural Iain Begg Lecturer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1998     Visiting Professor, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York, N.Y.

1997     Guest Lecturer, Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society, Asahikawa, Japan

1992     Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, England

1992     Special Lecturer, Swiss Ophthalmological Society Meeting, Basel, Switzerland

1986     Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, Cambridge, England



Dr. Sebag is a Senior Research Scientist at the Doheny Eye Institute in Pasadena, and a full professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at UCLA. He has also been visiting professor at many institutions around the world.

Awards and Honors

2010 – Present     Los Angeles Magazine “Southern California Super Doctors as Chosen by His Peers”

2010   Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO Silver Award)

2008   Career Award for Humanitarian Services to the Indigent and Uninsured, LHA, O.C.

2006   Humanitarian of the Year Award, Latino Health Access, Orange County, California

2004   Honorary Member, Fondazione G. B. Bietti per lo Studio e la Ricerca in Oftalmologia

2002   Honor Award, Vitreous Society

2000   National Registry of Who’s Who, Life Member (#86360)

1998   Humanitarian of the Year Award, Latino Health Access, Orange County, California

1994   Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1986   The Treacher Collins Prize, Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom

1985   Knapp Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation

1984   Frank B. Walsh, M.D. Award, World Meeting of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Belgium

1984   Lauréat de la Société Française d’Ophtalmologie- 1er Prix Biophysic Medical

1984   The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship

1983   The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award

1982   Harvard Medical School – Bicentennial Prize Essay Contest

1979   Edith & Denton McKane Award for Outstanding Research in Ophthalmology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

1979   Titus Munson Coan Prize For Excellence In Research, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

1979   Doctor Alfred P. Steiner Research Award, Columbia University

1978   1st Prize, National Competition on Preventive Medicine, American Health Foundation

1977   AMA-ERF AMSA Award for Meritorious Research, American Federation of Clinical Research (AFCR) Annual Meeting, Carmel, CA

1973   Thord-Gray Fellowship, American-Scandinavian Foundation

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