Kirk Hou, MD, PhD

Kirk Hou, MD, PhD

Retina and Vitreous Diseases
Primary Location
Doheny Eye Center UCLA Pasadena
625 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Suite 280
Pasadena, California 91105


Dr. Hou is an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology. His clinical practice specializes in the evaluation and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and complex retinal detachment.

Dr. Hou has authored over twenty peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in nanomedicine and drug delivery. He holds patents for his work developing nanoparticles for the delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids. For his efforts, Dr. Hou has received multiple awards including the prestigious Heed Fellowship.



UCLA School of Medicine, 2021


UCLA School of Medicine, 2019


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 2016


Washington University School of Medicine, MD, 2015
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, PhD, 2015

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



  • Nanoparticles
  • Drug Delivery
  • Retinal Diseases



  • John and Theiline McCone Fellowship, University of California - Los Angeles, 2019-2020
  • Heed Fellowship, The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, 2019-2020
  • Sigma-Aldrich Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011-2013



  • Fellow Teaching Award, Univsity of California - Los Angeles, 2021
  • Resident Teaching Award, University of California - Los Angeles, 2019
  • Needleman Prize in Pharmacology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, Princeton University, 2006
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, Princeton University, 2006
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Princeton University, 2006
  • Richard K Toner Prize, Princeton University, Excellence in Thermodynamics, 2006
  • Procter & Gamble Award, Princeton University, Outstanding Design Project, 2006
  • Ticona Senior Thesis Award, Princeton University, Outstanding Senior Thesis, 2006