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Colin A. McCannel, MD

Ophthalmic Genetics| Retina and Vitreous Diseases
Primary Location
Doris Stein Eye Research Center
200 Stein Plaza
Doris Stein
Los Angeles, California 90095


Preferred Name: Colin A. McCannel

Colin A. McCannel is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgeon at UCLA’s Stein Eye Institute (SEI). His clinical focus includes the management of vitreoretinal surgical conditions, particularly complex retinal detachments, macular holes, epimacular membranes (puckers), floaters, complications of diabetic retinopathy, and age related macular degeneration.

His research interests include outcomes research, endophthalmitis, epidemiology of ophthalmic disease, surgical techniques and intraocular lymphoma. He currently leads an initiative that incorporate virtual reality surgical training into the curriculum of the ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at SEI. He lectures widely on these topics, and is known as a leader in his field.

Dr. McCannel is a member of the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society, Macula Society and Retina Society, as well as of the American Society of Retina Surgeons, Club Vit, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the European Vitreoretinal Surgery Society. He has been a core lecturer at the European Vitreoretinal Trainnig School for the past 10 years. He received a bachelor degree summa cum laude in biology from the California State University, Northridge, and graduated from Mayo Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency training, and two-year retina fellowship at SEI. His fellowship was followed by over 10 years as a staff vitreoretinal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN before joining the faculty of the Stein Eye Institute in 2008.

Clinical Interests:
Surgical and Medical Diseases of the Retina, Macula and Vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, retinal detachment, complex retinal detachment, epimacular membrane (epiretinal membrane, macular pucker), age related macular degeneration.

Additional Practice Locations:
Doheny Eye Center UCLA - Pasadena
625 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Suites 280, 285, 240, 227
Pasadena, California 91105



Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1996


UCLA School of Medicine, 1998


UCLA School of Medicine, 1995


Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, 1992


Mayo Medical School, MD, 1991

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



  • Retina Surgical Outcomes
  • New treatments for macular degneration
  • Eye Surgery Teaching Strategies using virtual reality simulation


  • 2008 Innovation in Education Award - Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Medical Education.
  • 1996 Teacher of the year award - Awarded by residents in Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic
  • 2008 Achievement Award - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2007 Honor Award, American Society of Retina Specialists
  • 1998 Paul Kayser Scholar Travel Fellowship - Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
  • 1996 - 1998 Jules Stein Research Fellow
  • 1996 - 1997 Heed Fellowship
  • 1995 Co-winner, Dr. Henry & Lillian Nesburn Award for the Best Research Paper Submitted by a Resident
  • 1994 Honorable Mention, Resident Clinical Research Award - Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • 1987 - 1991 Wright Scholarship
  • 1987 Outstanding Junior - School of Science and Mathematics - California State University, Northridge
  • 1987 Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude - California State University, Northridge
  • 1987 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities listing
  • 1987 Golden Key National Honors Society
  • 1987 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 1987 Outstanding Graduating Senior, Department of Biology - California State University, Northridge
  • 1986 Student Merit Award, Department of Biology - California State University, Northridge
  • 1984 - 1987 University Honors Program - California State University, Northridge