Meet The Ophthalmologist, Dr. Kent W. Small

Dr. Kent Small Board-Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology since 1989

Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC;
Molecular Genetics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Residency: Ophthalmology, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC

Internship: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 1981

Former Professor/Director: Macular Disease Center and Retinal Research Lab, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Chairman: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Member: American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Human Genetics, American Society of Retinal Specialists, The Macula Society, The Retina Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Association, California Ophthalmological Association

Awards & Honors:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology; Honor Award
  • “Best Doctors in America”
  • “Best Doctors in Los Angeles”
  • Retina Society
  • Macula Society
  • American Ophthalmological Society (AOS)
  • American Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)
  • California Association of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CAEPS)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)

Dr. Small is a board-certified ophthalmologist with years of specialized training and over two decades of experience in retinal disorders, making him a leading expert in his field. Using the very latest methods, Dr. Small can diagnose and treat the full spectrum of retinal disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, retinal vascular disease and more. Throughout his career, Dr. Small has been involved in research and clinical trials backed by over $10 million in funding that will improve patient care for years to come. Dr. Small is also the published author of over 300 articles relating to all aspects of retinal disease. For over a decade, Dr. Small was both Professor and Director of the Macular Disease Center and Retinal Research lab at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He has taught nearly 100 ophthalmologists and optometrists. In addition, Dr. Small is a frequent guest lecturer and recognized expert both nationally and internationally.

Finally, Dr. Small will treat you with the utmost concern and compassion you deserve every step of the way. Your appointments with him are unhurried and informative, and he will explain everything to you in simple, easy-to-understand language. It’s why Dr. Kent Small is trusted by nearly 300 Glendale and Los Angeles area ophthalmologists, optometrists and other medical specialists for their patients who need retinal care.

“My interest in the field of medicine began when I was 10 years old and was influenced by my mother, who was a nurse for the United States Air Force. I went on to earn my medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. I became fascinated with the field of ophthalmology while conducting research on the eye during my residency at Duke University Eye Center. I decided to specialize in retinal surgery because it requires a combination of skill and sensitivity to correct conditions that are highly complex in nature.

“When I started my practice over 20 years ago, my goal was to provide patients with not only the latest and most effective surgical solutions for their retinal problems but also the friendly, informative and focused care they deserve. Today, I’m proud to say that I still uphold these standards on a daily basis for every patient I see.”

-Kent W. Small, MD

For more information about our services, please call the Macula & Retina Institute nearest you at 310-659-2200 in Los Angeles or 818-552-5040 in Glendale, CA.