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LASIK Surgeons

At Eye Doctors of Washington serving Washington, DC; Northern Virginia; and Bethesda, Maryland, LASIK surgeons Dr. Thomas E. Clinch, Dr. Paul C. Kang and Dr. Adam J. Gess have extensive experience in ophthalmology.

Thomas E. Clinch, M.D.

Dr. Thomas E. Clinch is an acknowledged leader in ophthalmology. He has authored over 100 scientific articles and presentations. He was recently honored with an Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has been named in the National Registry of Who’s Who, as well as Best Doctors and Top Ophthalmologists in America. Dr. Clinch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a member of numerous professional societies. As a LASIK surgeon, Dr. Clinch served as an investigator in the clinical studies that led to FDA approval of LASIK, PRK, and Intacs®. He was the first surgeon in the Washington area to implant the ReSTOR multifocal intraocular lens in cataract surgery. He is proud to be the only physician in the Washington, DC, area selected to participate in FDA trials to correct high levels of nearsightedness with intraocular lenses and the first surgeon in the region to implant an intraocular miniature telescopic lens for treatment of macular degeneration. He has appeared on television network news programs as an expert in refractive surgery. He was listed in Washingtonian Magazine as both a “Top Doc” as well as a “Top LASIK Surgeon.” Dr. Clinch has performed over 20,000 LASIK procedures and has been selected as a VISX® STAR surgeon, ranking him among the top LASIK surgeons in the country.

Dr. Clinch graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University. His medical school training was at Jefferson Medical College, where he also graduated with high honors. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital and a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Louisiana State University Eye Center. Dr. Clinch served in the U.S. Navy as the head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune. Afterward, he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Utah, where he was the Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services.

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Paul C. Kang, M.D.

Dr. Paul C. Kang is a respected authority in the field of ophthalmology. He has been chosen as Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine, SuperDoctors by the Washington Post, and as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists. Dr. Kang has served as the President of the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society. He and Dr. Clinch are the ophthalmologists for multiple Washington DC sports teams. Dr. Kang was awarded the State Affairs Star Award and was selected to the prestigious Leadership Development Program by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also the founder and president of the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society.

Dr. Kang has authored numerous articles and presentations on corneal transplantation and refractive surgery which have been published in scientific journals. Dr. Kang serves as a scientific reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, his clinical research has been recognized by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has extensive experience in LASIK, PRK, Intacs®, refractive lens implantation, cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, and corneal transplantation.

Dr. Paul C. Kang graduated from Harvard University, cum laude. He received his medical degree at Indiana University, where he also served as a delegate to the American Medical Association. Dr. Kang finished his ophthalmology residency at the Duke University Eye Center, and completed a prestigious fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at the John Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. He currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University and the Washington Hospital Center.

Serving patients from Washington, DC; Northern Virginia; and Bethesda, Maryland as a LASIK surgeon, Dr. Paul Kang brings a unique perspective to his practice, having grown up with a blind father. His relationship with his father was the inspiration for becoming an ophthalmologist and is reflected in his relationship with patients.

Before his career in medicine, Dr. Paul C. Kang founded and managed K&C OPTECH, Inc., a consulting company focusing on research and development of computer systems and other aides for the visually impaired. In addition, he served as an admissions officer at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prestigious college preparatory school, of which Dr. Kang is also a graduate.

Dr. Kang speaks Spanish and lives in Virginia with his wife and family. He enjoys golf, guitar, and travel.

If you are considering a refractive procedure such as PRK or LASIK, contact our office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, serving Bethesda, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, to speak with a LASIK surgeon, Dr. Thomas E. Clinch or Dr. Paul C. Kang.

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Adam J. Gess, M.D.

Adam Gess, M.D.Dr. Adam J. Gess is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist, specializing in corneal transplantation, laser refractive surgery, and cataract surgery. His goal is to provide the highest quality care for each patient, and to help them achieve their personal goals for their vision.

A graduate of one of the nation’s most highly-regarded cornea fellowships, Dr. Gess has extensive training in all aspects of corneal and refractive surgery, including LASIK, PRK, Intacs, partial thickness and full-thickness corneal transplantation, refractive lens exchange, phakic intraocular lenses, and complicated cataract surgery.

Dr. Gess is originally from Minnesota, and graduated cum laude from Wheaton College in Illinois with a degree in Sociology. He attended the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, which represents the top 16% of medical students in the country.

He pursued residency training at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA., where he served as chief resident. This residency is one of the nation’s oldest ophthalmology training programs, and remains highly sought-after for its strong surgical and clinical training program.

Dr. Gess then completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. During his fellowship, he performed hundreds of LASIK, corneal transplant, and cataract surgeries.

Dr. Gess has also authored numerous academic articles in ophthalmology’s top journals. He was selected to serve on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s cataract surgery subcommittee, and is a frequent contributor to the AAO’s ophthalmic news and education (O.N.E.) network.

Dr. Gess comes from a family of eye doctors. His grandfather served as a missionary ophthalmologist in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and his father is an optometrist in Minnesota. Dr. Gess has an interest in overseas humanitarian work, and worked in a Honduran clinic for six-months during college. He has also performed eye surgeries at Aravind Eye Hospital in southern India.

Dr. Gess sees patients in Washington, D.C.; Tyson’s Corner, Virginia; and Chevy Chase, Maryland. He speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Gess’s hobbies include travel, outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and daughter. A former All-American swimmer, he also enjoys swimming for exercise and recreation.

If you are considering a refractive surgery such as PRK or LASIK, contact our office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, serving Bethesda, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, to speak with a LASIK surgeon, Dr. Thomas E. Clinch, Dr. Paul C. Kang, or Dr. Adam J. Gess.

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