Cesar Chavez, M.D., M.P.H.

A diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Chavez specializes in sutureless cataract IOL surgery, pterygium surgery, glaucoma laser surgery and eyelid surgery.
Dr. Chavez graduated from Calexico High School, attended as an undergraduate UCLA, Harvard and the University of Washington. He concurrently earned a Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the University of Washington in 1977. Dr. Chavez also served for three years as a commissioned officer with the US Public Health Service, honored in 1980 with a USPHS Achievement Award for Outstanding Performance before completing his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Arizona and the Stein Eye Institute at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles. He then joined the full-time faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stein Eye Institute until 1988. Dr. Chavez has been in private practice in San Diego and Imperial County since 1988 and joined California Retina Associates in October 2019.

Dr. Chavez offers cutting-edge expertise to his patients by staying abreast of the latest developments in the field. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has been invited to present at numerous society meetings, physician seminars, and public education events and support group meetings across the U.S.

Dr. Chavez was honored to have been invited to give the prestigious 10th Annual Bradley R. Straatsma Lecture June, 2012 at the Stein Eye Institute Clinical and Research Seminar. His topic was “Metabolic Syndrome, Latinos and Diabesity: A Case of Carbohydrate Intolerance?” His current research involves insulin resistance and the prevention and treatment of chronic ocular disease, especially Type 2 Diabetic Retinopathy and Age Related Macular Degeneration using very low carbohydrate nutrition and supervised strength training.