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Dr. Joseph Hsu, MD

Refractive Surgeon, Ophthalmologist, Cornea & External Diseases Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. Hsu accepts all PPO’s, most vision plans, Medicare, Medi-Medi, and HMO’s with an authorization. Dr. Hsu is an astute and innovative clinician, surgeon, and researcher. He matriculated at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he conducted extensive research at MIT and at Harvard in recombinant DNA biotechnology and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, he worked for Biogen, Inc., where he continued his research on Interferon for the treatment of cancer. He later received his M.D. from Georgetown Medical School, completed his internship at Northwestern University and finished his ophthalmology residency at University Texas Southwestern. Dr. Hsu has complete three fellowships, one at John Hopkins/Wilmer Eye Institute, in ophthalmic pathology, and at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California under Peter McDonnell, in cornea, external eye diseases and refractive laser surgery. He has many publications in peer review journals, has been a principal investigator and co-investigator in eye research, has received research grants from the National Eye Institute, and given talks nationally. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Hsu has treated thousands of patients with diabetic eye diseases, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and LASIK. He has the latest technology to treat his patients. He has performed thousands of surgeries including cataract surgery with premium and toric lenses, glaucoma laser and surgeries, diabetic lasers, and cornea transplants. He is the only fellowship trained LASIK surgeon in the Downey area and has performed LASIK on many of the local doctors. As a Cornea Specialist, he is one of the first eye surgeons to use Amniograft transplant for ocular surface reconstruction in the United States over 12 years ago. Since, he has improved on the technique to reduce the recurrence of pterygium. Dr. Hsu is also highly skilled in performing Canaloplasty, an advanced, effective surgery featured on national news recently, as a surgical break through that can reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma drops in patients with open angle glaucoma. It is covered by most insurances including Medicare. He currently performs more Canaloplasties monthly than any other surgeon in California and perhaps in the entire country. He has been asked to lecture and teach other eye surgeons on the technique. Dr. Hsu also performs iStent, a drain that can be placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery. iStent is effective in treating early glaucoma.

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmologist
  • Cornea & External Diseases Specialist
  • Refractive Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Downey Regional Medical Center
  • Saint Francis Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Education and training

  • University of Southern California, Doheny Eye Institute, Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Bachelor's)
  • Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute, Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology
  • University of Texas, Southwestern, Residency in Ophthalmology
  • Northwestern University, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Georgetown University, Doctor of Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • USC Alumni Association

Awards and publications

  • Oct, 1994 CASTROVIEJO CORNEAL SOCIETY, presented as a paper in San Francisco, CA. Clinicohistopathologic Correlation of Elastofibroma Oculi.
  • April, 1996 ARVO POSTER, presented in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. An Unusual Case of Elastofibroma Oculi.
  • June, 1998 ALUMNI DAY PROJECT, presented as a paper in Dallas, TX. The Spatial organization of apical junctional complex (ajc)-associated proteins in normal feline and human corneal endothelium and the effect of corneal storage on the ajc.

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1760584270

Office locations

Joseph KW Hsu, M.D.

8333 Iowa Street, Suite 202

Downey, CA 90241

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I wouldn't recommend anyone to this office!!!! The doctor was out of this world Rude to me! Absolutely the worst doctor I've ever met. This man came into the room with a dirty lab coat on and began to ask meabout my visit. I answered all of his questions and he reached into his dirty pocket and pulled out this little bottle of solution (I assume). He took the top off the bottle and it caught my attention because the bottle was so dirty!!!!!! I was thinking to myself what is that?? Before I knew it this man had the nerve to put his sweaty hand on my head and push it back to attempt to put this unknown product in my eye. Yes you read right!!!! This doctor didn't tell me what he was going to do or what the name of the product was or why it was even necessary to put it in my eye!! I immediately stopped him from touching my head and asked him what was the product and to please communicate with me on what he was doing. This man response to me was in an aggressive tone "Oh you never had a eye exam done before!?" So after hearing that ignorant response I immediately got up and left the room! I demanded a full refund for this complete waste of time and couldn't wait to get some time to tell anyone who is seeking help for their vision problem about my unacceptable experience.
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All the staff were cool, no rush and did all the needed exams carefully and answered all the questions.
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Great, friendly staff. Dr. Hsu was thorough and informative.
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I was a new patient at Dr Hsu's office. The office staff were receptive, courteous and knowledgeable, and expeditiously processed my paperwork. My wait time may have been 15 minutes, if that. The medical staff were polite and very proficient.Dr Hsu fully explained things during the examination. He presented me what he considered the best course of action for my condition. The entire time I was there I never felt rushed, which I think is rare in today's world.
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He examined me thoroughly.
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Para la cita es rápido y me atendieron en mi idioma es muy amigable muy profesional
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Dr. Hsu is really nice. He explained everything to me when I had questions and made me feel at ease when I had any concerns. He cares about his patients and invited me back for an annual visit. Something Ive never had with other optometrists.
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Excellent doctor very professional good bedside manner and his staff also was very professional and nice.
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The doctor was very professional and his staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back for a follow up.
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He was great and he helped me out with all questions I had.
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A doctor I look forward to visiting again. This was my first visit and plan to keep him as my eye specialist. Very pleasant visit and very little waiting. I didn't even get a chance to fill out the initial formsin the office before being called to go in to see him. Very professional.
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Not the most high tech office, but excellent bedside manner and very patient. Would recommend.
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Took time to explain things in detail. Liked him a lot.
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Very enthusiastic and lovely staff. Very refreshing.
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Excellent.
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PROFESSIONAL EFFICIENT QUICK, THEY GOT ME IN AND OUT, THE ASSITANT WAS NICE.
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Really good service and very professional. His numbers were accurate in comparing with my last visit at a different office. His staff were very kind, and professional.
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