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Dr. Sumit "Sam" Garg is a UCI Health ophthalmologist who specializes in complex cataract surgery, corneal degeneration and cornea transplantation,

Sumit Garg, MD


Ophthalmology, Cornea Surgery, Cataract Surgery

Clinical Interests

cataract surgery, collagen crosslinking, complex cataract surgery, corneal degeneration, corneal infections, cornea surgery, cornea transplant, dry eye, femtosecond laser keratoplasty (corneal transplant), post-refractive cataract surgery, toric intraocular lens, implantable mini telescope (IMT), Fuchs endothelial dystrophy, pterygium surgery, keratoconus, LipiFlow® dry eye treatment, femtosecond laser-enabled cataract surgery, Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), presbyopia correcting intraocular lens extended depth of focus, multifocal lens, accommodating lens

Nickname: Sam
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Medical Services
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
  • English
  • Spanish
Medical School
New York Medical College
Olive View - University of California Los AngelesInternal Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine - OpthamalogyOphthalmology
University of California, Irvine Medical CenterOphthalmology
University of California, IrvineDiseases & Surgery of Cornea, Anterior Segment & Refractive Systerm
Professional Positions
  • Professor and Vice Chair — Department of Ophthalmology, UCI School of Medicine
  • Medical Director — Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
  • Member — American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member — American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Member — Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Member — International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Member — International Society of Ophthalmologists
  • Member — California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Member — California Medical Association
  • Member — Southern California Cornea Society
  • Member — Orange County Medical Association
  • Member — Orange County Society of Ophthalmology
  • Member — Orange County Cornea Society
  • Member — Eye Bank Association of America
  • Member — R. Townley Paton Society
  • Member — Indian Medical Association of Southern California
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2015-2023
  • Top Ophthalmologist, International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP)
  • Best Doctors in America® — Ophthalmology — 2013, 2015-2016
More Information

Dr. Sumit (Sam) Garg is a board-certified UCI Health ophthalmologist and a nationally recognized expert in the latest techniques for cataract surgery, corneal, conjunctival and refractive surgery, and intraocular lens implants.

He earned his medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., followed by an internal medicine internship at UCLA Olive View Medical Center. He went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery, and external disease at the UCI School of Medicine and Gavin Herbert Eye Institute in Irvine.

His research is focused on cataract surgery, keratoconus, corneal transplantation, corneal infections and dry eye disease. He is the author or co-author of dozens of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed to numerous book chapters. He also is a frequent lecturer at conferences and symposia locally, nationally and internationally.

Garg, who also speaks Spanish, sees patients in Irvine and Orange.

Academic Profile

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Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Aging Eye
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-linking
  • Corneal Transplantation, Advances
  • Eye Topics, General
  • LASIK/Refractive Surgery
  • Macular Degeneration, Implantable Mini-Telescope
  • Ophthalmic Emergencies

UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-824-2020
Fax: 855-376-5057
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101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 2
Building 30A
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7183
Fax: 855-376-5057