Kang Zhang

Professor, Ophthalmology, UC San Diego

Kang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Ophthalmic Genetics at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Zhang obtained his M.D. with Magna Cum Laude honors from the Harvard Medical School and MIT joint MD program and his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University and his retina fellowship at University of Utah. He was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and University of Utah.

Dr. Zhang’s clinical and research focuses are on novel disease gene targets and treatments, and gene- and stem cell-based therapies in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and inherited retinal degeneration.

Dr. Zhang is bilingual in Chinese and he has numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and other foundations. Dr. Zhang has published or co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts in top journals – covering a wide range of topics in genetics, molecular biology, stem cells, and clinical trials in ophthalmology.