Meet Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmologist in San Jose, California
"My father is a retired general surgeon, so I was exposed to the field of medicine at an early age. When I was diagnosed with myopia at 12 years of age, I remember how impressed I was with all the equipment the ophthalmologist had in his office. Still, it wasn't until I was in college that I realized I wanted to be an ophthalmologist. I was fortunate to fulfill my dream of becoming an eye physician after starting my career as an internist.
Because of my training in both internal medicine and ophthalmology, I don't see patients as eye problems; but rather I see patients as persons with medical conditions, one of them being an eye disease. My patients' general health is just as important as their eye health. My experience as an internist helps me to never forget this."
Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
Fellow: American Academy of Ophthalmology
Residency: Ophthalmology -- University of California, Irvine, CA
Ophthalmology -- Alton Ochsner Hospital & Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
Internal Medicine -- St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Internship: Internal Medicine, St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center
Medical Degree: David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Member: California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons
Dr. Contreras enjoys spending time with his wife, who is also a physician, and their two children. In his free time, he enjoys biking, tennis, reading, and watching movies with his family.