California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is the flagship hospital and tertiary care center of Northern California’s Sutter Health System, the second largest health system in California after Kaiser Permanente. CPMC was formed as the result of a merger between several of the oldest hospitals in San Francisco. Today, CPMC is made up of four main campuses: The flagship Van Ness campus (opened in 2019), Pacific campus, Davies campus, and Mission-Bernal. The CPMC Department of Ophthalmology is housed in a brand new, state of the art facility known as the Pacific Vision Eye Institute.
The CPMC Department of Ophthalmology has a long and storied history of its own. In the 1870’s Dr. Adolph Barkan initiated the first formal teaching of ophthalmology west of the Mississippi in San Francisco, at what was then known as The University of the Pacific, which eventually evolved into the CPMC Department of Ophthalmology. Our training program continues the ambitions of Dr. Barkan by training ophthalmologists who strive for excellence, while maintaining a strong spirit of community service.
Dr. Adolf Barkan examining a patient, late 1800's
Graduates of the program are distinguished in education, research, organizational leadership and international service. Three have been elected president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and many have and are currently serving as professors and chiefs of service nationwide. Six have been awarded the prestigious Howe Medal. A number have also served as presidents of national and international subspecialty societies. There are 13 members of the American Ophthalmological Society and six have served as presidents over the years. Several surgical techniques in such fields as corneal transplantation, glaucoma surgery, and retinal surgery were developed at CPMC, as well as important clinical studies including the landmark studies on botulinum toxin for use in strabismus, marking the first clinical use of botulinum toxin. Our faculty and residents maintain a strong interest in international service programs in countries such as Russia, Guatemala, Myanmar, and India.