Welcome to Santa Monica Eye Medical Group


Santa Monica Eye Medical Group is proud to offer outstanding patient care to our local as well as the international community. Our stellar team of doctors is composed of ophthalmologists from the nation’s premiere universities and training programs including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA (Jules Stein Eye Institute), Yale, Johns Hopkins (Wilmer Eye Institute), University of Washington and Boston University.  They have earned many honors and recognitions from their peers and medical community. With the help of our friendly and knowledgeable staff we strive to provide our patients with cutting edge technologies and services in a welcoming setting.

Why Santa Monica Eye Medical Group?

  • Outstanding board certified doctors with a passion for the best patient care and surgical outcome
  • Quality care for over 60 years and more than 100,000 successful cataract surgeries
  • Since our founding, our loyal and happy patients are vital to the success of our practice.
  • Conveniently located in Santa Monica
  • ADA accessible office on the first floor, free parking on-site
  • Saturday clinic
  • On-site Optical Shop
  • We accept most major medical & vision insurances

Our tradition of excellence was started by John E. Gilmore, M.D., an internationally renowned innovator of Ophthalmology, the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group has been providing medical and surgical eye care since 1948. Dr. Gilmore was joined by Donald E. Dickerson, M.D., a well established Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, in 1965.

Here Dr. Gilmore, Dickerson & Kenneth Hoffer, MD, started the first course in Cataract and Intra-ocular lens surgery, teaching hundreds of Ophthalmologists from around the country and around the world. Dr. Gilmore retired in 1991 as did Dr. Dickerson in December 2007. After Dr. Dickerson’s retirement, Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner became the successor of the practice in January 2008. Dr. Stelzner has remodeled the office to a very comfortable modern interiors with the most advanced state of the art technologies.

Sadiqa Khawaja Stelzner, MD, MA, FACS joined the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in 2004. Dr. Stelzner graduated from UCLA with a degree in Cellular Biology and received her medical school education at Boston University.  Dr. Stelzner is currently the Director of Eye Care at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital, Chief of Ophthalmology at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine/Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Dr. Stelzner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Medical Association, the California Medical Association and the American Society of Anti-Aging. Dr. Stelzner is a staff surgeon at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Santa Monica Surgery Center and Laser Eye Associates in Beverly Hills. [read more...]

Peter J. Kappel, MD, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Microbiology. He earned his medical degree from the University of California at Irvine-College of Medicine where he graduated at the top of his class. Throughout his education and training, Dr. Kappel earned numerous honors, awards, and recognition for his scholarship and clinical excellence. [read more...]

Maria Mahat Braun, MD is a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist.  Dr. Braun earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and received her medical doctorate from The University of Virginia. She completed her residency at Stanford University. [read more...]

Dr. Nancy Wang – In loving memory of our dear friend and wonderful Ophthalmologist.
After completing her training at the prestigious UCLA/ JSEI program,  she joined the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in 1991. She departed in 2005 to start her own practice.

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