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Dr. Parsa

Dr. Parsa’s Credentials

Surgical Training

University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Fellowship: Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report

American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons approved fellowship

 

University of Southern California Doheny Eye Institute

Residency: Ophthalmology

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Internship

University of California , Los Angeles

UCLA Internship

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Education

University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Miami, Florida
Fellowship: Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)

University of Southern California Doheny Eye Institute

Los Angeles, California
Residency: Ophthalmology

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Internal Medicine (internship)

University of Southern California School of Medicine

Los Angeles, California
Doctor of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Cum Laude

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Hospital affiliations

  • Cedar Sinai Medical Center [Link]
  • USC – Los Angeles County Medical Center [Link]
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Academic appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor: USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Assistant Clinical Professor: USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Clinical Fellow: University of Miami School of Medicine
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Honors, Awards and Achievements

  • On-Time Doctor Award (2014) [Link]
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2010 – 2011, 2013 – 2014) [Link]
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2013) [Link]
  • Board of Directors, University of Miami School of Medicine Project ARPAN: Mission to deliver medical and surgical care to developing countries.
    First mission December 2005, Deesa India.
  • President Surgical Friends Foundation: 2008 to present www.surgicalfriends.org
  • CEO and cofounder Surgery Theater Inc. 2009 to present www.surgerytheater.com
  • Dean’s Honor List 7 quarters, UCLA
  • Doheny Eye Institute Resident Research Award ARVO 2003
  • Nesbaurn Award for best clinical research paper by a resident 2003
  • President of Project Case Report (1999- 2000)
  • USC-Baxter Research Fellowship Grant (1999)
  • Student Research Fellowship Grant (1997)
  • Aull Scholarship, USC School of Medicine (1997) [Link]
  • Award Reception: General Surgery Clerkship
  • President of American Medical Student Association, USC Chapter (1997-98)
  • Cum Laude Graduate, UCLA
  • Honors Citation: Family Medicine Clerkship
  • Honors Citation: General Surgery Clerkship
  • Honors Citation: Ophthalmology Clerkship
  • Linden Scholarship, USC School of Medicine (1996)
  • President of Phi Sigma Biology Honor Society, UCLA chapter (1995-96)
  • Letter of Commendation: General Surgery Clerkship
  • Letter of Commendation: Gross Anatomy Course
  • Award Reception: General Surgery Clerkship
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Memberships in professional societies

  • American Medical Association [Link]
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology [Link]
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgeons
  • Los Angeles Ophthalmology Society [Link]
  • University of Southern California Plastic Surgery Society [Link]
  • Cedar Sinai Medical Center pediatric craniofacial surgery team member [Link]
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Publications & Abstracts

  • Effect of CO Pneumoperitoneum on Intra-Abdominal Malignancy: Experimental Study in the Rat Model. Parsa K, Campos GMR, Trussler AP, Kassabian A, Katkhouda N. Annual Research Forum, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California; March 17, 1999.
  • Ectopia Lentis et Pupillae: Descriptive case report of six family members showing multiple phenotypes of the same disease Parsa K, Murthy R, Patel R, Appukuttan B, Ott S, Wang X, Parsa S, Mahsheed M, Stout JT. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, ARVO: Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 2000.
  • Renal cell carcinoma metastatic to the pancreas: a single-institution series and review of the literature Kassabian A, Stein J, Jabbour N, Parsa K, Skinner D, Parekh D, Cosenza C, Selby R. UROLOGY. 2000 Aug 1; 56 (2): 211- 5 Review.
  • Changing Patterns of Uveitis Diagnoses in a Referral Clinic. Read R2, Parsa K1, Torshizy HR3, Smith RE1, Rao NA1. Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA1, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL2, University of California, Irvine3. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology ARVO: Fort Lauderdale FL. May 2001.
  • Contact lens tolerance in aphakic patients with congenital cataracts after cataract extraction Parsa K, Javaheri M, Shaarawy R, Song JC. Abstract submitted for presentation at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting: March 2003.
  • Congenital Aniridia: A Descriptive Case Report of Six Family Members Showing Multiple Phenotypes of the Same Disease with genetic analysis of the PAX-6 gene Parsa K, Javaheri M, Song JC, Borchert M. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, ARVO: Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 2003.
  • Positioning and stability evaluation of the Neo-Vista Brachytherapy system. Parsa K, Fujii GY, Humayun M, Rossi JV, Trip R, Faupel L, Barnes A, McCormick M, de Juan E. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, ARVO: Fort Lauderdale, FL. April 2004.
  • Ocular Trauma: Management of Eyelid Lacerations Parsa K, Lee W, Editor: James Banta. 2005 Elsevier.
  • Demonstration of Bacterial Biofilms in Culture-Negative Silicone Stent and Jones Tube. Parsa K, Schaudinn C, Gorur A, Sedghizadeh PP, Johnson T, Tse DT, Costerton JW. Ophthal Plast Reconstructive Surgery. 2010 Jul 29.
  • Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lacrimal sac: a case report with review of literature. Parsa K, Piva A, Chang E. (To be submitted to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery).
  • Orbital Granuloma Annulare: Immunohistochemical Staining Patterns, A Case Report and Review. Schefler AC, Parsa K, Dubovy SR, Lee WW. (submitted to Archives of Ophthalmology).
  • A New Surgical Technique for the Management of Malignant Lacrimal Sac Tumors. Parsa K, Weed DT, Tse DT. (To be submitted to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery).
  • Minimal incision Trans-Bleph Browpexy. Parsa K, Johnson TE.
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Projects and grants

Development of customized facial implants for reconstruction

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, in collaboration with Synthes Corporation
Preceptor: David Tse, M.D., Thomas Johnson M.D., Jesus Gomez D.D.S

Role of biofilms in chronic infections of oculo-facial implants

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Southern California: Center for Biofilm Research
Preceptor: Thomas E. Johnson, M.D., William Costerton, PhD

Development of an animal model for adenoid cystic carcinoma

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Department of Ophthalmology
Preceptor: Eli Chang, M.D.

DNA linkage and mutation analysis for ectopia lentis et pupillae:
Presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology ARVO; May 5, 2000

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Department of Ophthalmology
Preceptor: Timothy J. Stout, M.D.

Grant: Research Scholarship awarded by the USC Scholarship Fund. (1999)

The morbidity and mortality of laparoscopic versus open appendectomy

Department of Surgery, University of Southern California (1997)
Preceptor: Namir Katkhouda, M.D.

Grant: Research Scholarship awarded by the Baxter Scholarship Fund (1997)

Participated in ongoing research on HIV at the molecular level; studying HIV integration, AZT resistance, and long-term survivors

Department of Infectious Diseases, UCLA (1993-1995)
Preceptor: William O’Brien, M.D.

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Lectures

  • Evaluation of ptosis: March 15, 2005. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Surgical Management of ptosis: April 22, 2005. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Eyelid Reconstruction: November 11, 2005. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Eyelid Reconstruction: December 23, 2005. Deesa , India (ARPAN, surgical mission)
  • Oculoplastic Review: March 03, 2006. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Innovations in complex orbital reconstruction: March 11, 2006. University of California Irvine
  • Custom Oculofacial Implants: November 2006. American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting Las Vegas , Nevada
  • Complex Orbital Reconstruction: Jan 20, 2007. Lecture, American College of Surgeons Meeting. Santa Barbara, California
  • Innovations in Complex Orbital Reconstruction. November 3, 2007. Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Advances in Facial Plastic Surgery Meeting
  • Eyelid Malignancies. March 2008. Los Angeles County Optometric Society Spring Meeting
  • MOH’S and Eyelid Reconstruction. Oct. 25 2008. Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Advances in Facial Plastic Surgery Meeting
  • Pitfalls in lower eyelid blepharoplasty:  May 2010 Annual Meeting, California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Park DJJ, Wirth GA, Parsa K
  • Role of the Lower Eyelid Fat as Bolster Support for Eyelid Position. Annual Meeting, California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Park DJJ, Wirth GA, Parsa K
  • Reconstruction of Orbital Exenteration defect with Pedicled Temporalis Flap. May 2010 Annual Meeting, California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Park DJJ, Wirth GA, Parsa K
  • Ptosis evaluation and treatment: Lecture Kaiser Permanente Meeting Feb 7, 2014
  • Management of eyelid malignencies: Lecture Kaiser Permanente Meeting Feb 7, 2014
  • Oculoplastic Lecture Series Doheny Eye Institute. 2006 to present
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4.8 / 5.0

Based on 29 reviews

Dr. Parsa is not only an amazing surgeon! He is also very caring and meticulous! His expertise shows in his wonderful bedside manner overall knowledge of his field. I appreciate his knowledge, advice and professionalism for over 6 years. I trust him with my eyes and refers him to my family and friends! His staff is trusting and caring and I love seeing them!

Erica D.

Words cannot express how thankful and appreciative I am to have found you. I am deeply grateful for you, for your generosity and caring nature as pertaining to my medical condition. As you know, I was apprehensive about having further surgery, but you are and have been reassuring and confident in the type of procedure you would perform in order to fix my eyelid from the beginning. The fact that you are not pushy and gave me the time and space to make the decision on my own allowed me to prepare myself mentally and emotionally, that really made a difference. Besides from that, your continuous generosity made me confident that you were the right doctor for the task at hand. You will never know how appreciative I am of that. I would also like to let you know how pleased I am with the results of the surgery. I have not felt this comfortable in years. My parents are also very grateful since this was my 14th surgery. You have a true gift. Thank you again for your patience, time, concern, and overall care. I pray that God continues to give you strength to help people who truly need life-changing medical procedures.

Sophia P.

Dr. Parsa is an amazing doctor. Warm and very caring. I had my eyes done a couple years ago and I couldn't be happier. Dr. Parsa likes to take the conservative approach which I greatly appreciate in a doctor when it comes to cosmetic surgery. I also go to Dr. Parsa for Botox and he always knows just the right amount. The staff in Dr. Parsa's office are all terrific!

Todd H.

I found Dr. Kami Parsa on RealSelf a couple of years ago. He was one of the top doctors I found. I read many of the reviews patients left and they were all great. So, I decided to go ahead and set up a consultation with Dr. Parsa. He is very smart and truly knows what he is talking about. After consulting with a couple of other doctors, I knew Dr. Parsa was the one. I chose Dr. Parsa to perform the surgery. I had a great expericence with the surgery it's self, everything went very well. I am so happy with the final results. I would 100% recommend Dr. Parsa to anyone who is looking for a upper/ lower Blepharoplasty doctor. Dr. Parsa really knows what he is doing.

Yuliya O.

I have been bothered for years by my left eye feeling "tired", manifesting in a a "droop". My ophthalmologist diagnosed it as "ptosis" (drooping eyelid), and referred me to Dr Parsa for a consult. From the beginning, my experience has been exemplary. First, his assistant, Marie, is amazing-warm, compassionate, knowledgeable. After a comprehensive examination and paying close attention to my explanation of what I have been experiencing, Dr Parsa concluded I am NOT a candidate for the ptosis surgery. Rather, a corrective procedure is actually an eyebrow lift-much simpler, less invasive, far less costly. What a breath of fresh air to find a doctor who is is patient- centered and willing to not "sell" a more expensive job. His professionalism and apparent expertise were evident throughout. This is what healthcare in America should be all about.

Allan B.

Dr. Parsa just has that something extra. That something extra I believe, is that rare combination of skill and artistry. He possesses both in great measure. I had Botox and filler and I am very satisfied with a most natural appearance. He was confident and did not let me experience any pain while he was working. He knows exactly what is needed. His prices are competitive, the office is gorgeous and his staff are accommodating. I simply relax in Dr. Parsa's capable hands. You are getting top notch with Dr. Parsa!

Tara C.