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Anita Hwang, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

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Anita Hwang, MD

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Dr. Hwang attended the University of California, San Diego as an undergraduate, majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She received an MS degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and her MD from the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Yale University and a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at the Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. Since completing her training, Dr. Hwang returned to Connecticut where she has built a busy clinical practice in Waterford. She has also been active teaching ophthalmology residents at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven.

Dr. Hwang will join our cornea service as an Assistant Professor and continue to hold medical staff appointments at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. She will continue her clinical practice in a broad range of eye diseases including corneal diseases, premium intraocular lenses, phakic IOLs as well as developing new corneal service initiatives in collagen cross linking for complex patients with keratoconus and other disorders. Her addition will allow the Department of Ophthalmology to continue its regional growth, with offices that will now span from Norwalk to the Rhode Island border along the shoreline. She will also continue her important role in residency education and teaching as an Attending Physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California (2011)
  • Resident
    Yale University (2010)
  • MD
    SUNY Buffalo (2006)
  • MS
    Georgetown University, Physiology & Biophysics (2001)
  • BS
    University of California, San Diego, Biochemistry & Cell biology (2000)


  • Analysis of Refractive Outcome and Complications of Descemet Stripping and Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) with Scleral-fixated Sutured Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 2011
    The Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Refractive error and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) of the Retina
    Plainville, CT, United States 2010
    CT Society of Eye Physicians

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Eye Center Patrick T. Mathews AwardYale Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science2010
Third place Scientific Poster sessionCT Society of Eye Physicians2010
Yale Resident Research PrizeYale Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science2010
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Resident Excellence AwardAmerican Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)2010
Gold Humanism Honor SocietyUniversity at Buffalo School of Medicine2006
University at Buffalo School of Medicine Alumni ScholarshipUniversity at Buffalo School of Medicine2002
One-on-One Mentor AwardUniversity of California, San Diego, Revelle College1997
One-on-One Mentor AwardUniversity of California, San Diego, Revelle College1997

Professional Service

American Academy of OphthalmologyAdvocacy Ambassador to the Mid-Year Forum2008
American Academy of OphthalmologyFellow2007 - Present
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)Member2007 - Present
Connecticut Society of Eye PhysiciansMember2007 - Present
Yale Department of OphthalmologyCommunity Glaucoma screenings2007 - 2010
Carefree FoundationMedical mission trip to Arequipa, Peru (Project Surgery in Peru) to aid in ophthalmology and general surgery care and provide outreach and public health education2006
University at Buffalo School of MedicineEpidemiology research in Ophthalmology - assisting in assessing global and community outreach involvement of ophthalmologists in the Western New York region2005
Urban Family HealthUrban Family Health volunteer to raise glaucoma awareness in an underserved community in Buffalo, NY2005
Cornerstone ManorCornerstone Manor clinic volunteer - volunteered to help with health examinations at women's and children's shelter, provided and served food to patrons and directed creative programs for children in Buffalo, NY2004
University at BuffaloMedical School Admissions committee member2003 - 2004
SALUD programEngaged in medical Spanish, health care education and cultural immersion in Spain2003
Lighthouse ClinicHelped administer patient examinations in indigent population of Buffalo, NY2003
Tar WarsEngaged in anti-smoking campaign directed at underserved elementary schools in Buffalo, NY2003
Heart SmartEducated children at urban elementary schools about wise health practices to reduce the risk of heart disease in future generations2002
Chartered Health ClinicHelped administer immunizations to uninsured children and adults in Washington, D.C.2001
Oxon Hill AfterschoolVolunteer afterschool tutor to children in underserved region in Oxon Hill, MD2000 - 2001
Korean American Campus MissionMexico missions volunteer - organized Spanish programs for children of orphanages and underprivileged regions, managed food and clothing donations, constructed wooden furniture for orphanage1997
Korean American Campus MissionMissions to Thailand and the Philippines1997

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