Thomas S. Hwang M.D.

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Faculty profile

Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (1142 Ratings, 346 Comments)


  • Ophthalmology

Special focus on

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retina and Vitreous Disease
  • Retina Surgery


  • B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts 1995
  • M.D., University of California, San Diego, La Jolla California 1999
  • Internship:

    • UC San Diego
  • Residency:

    • Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Fellowship:

    • Vitreoretinal surgery, Casey Eye Institute, OHSU
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Ophthalmology
    • Clinical Informatics, American Board of Preventive Medicine


Dr. Hwang specializes in retinal disease and vitreoretinal surgery. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University. He completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Casey Eye Institute, OHSU. His clinical and research interests include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and ocular trauma.


  • English
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (1142 Ratings, 346 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Aug 04, 2019

    Skilled practitioner in managing my macular degeneration. Keeps me informed. Takes the time to use multiple screening to gain an accurate assessment of my condition

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Everyone is extremely efficient and kind.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Everyone in the office and the MD were all wonderful

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Very friendly and informative. Was very well versed on my case.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    I was very pleased with the staff as well as with the Dr. While visiting again I will we sure to use your services again.

  • Jul 24, 2019


  • Jul 24, 2019

    Have been seeing Dr. Whang for years, since 90's he is an excellent Dr.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Dr Huang is excellent!

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Really is meeting my needs.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    He seems quite knowledgeable and he is kind and helpful when I as questions.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Dr. Hwang is one of the most fantastic doctors I've ever been to. He is kind, he's concerned. He helps, he listens instead of just talking. He's just a very good man, and he has brought my vision back so far that I'm so thankful for finding him. Thank you guys.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Yes, I felt that everybody with exceptional. Everybody was welcoming and very, very nice. However, I was there for 2 1/2 hours, and I.. I think that's a bit long and I realize there's emergencies, but I don't think there was any in this case. I would say it's pretty hard to plan any kind of other appointments when you're not sure how long you're going to be there, and I think probably 2 1/2 hours was a bit long. So... but thank you. Everybody was very pleasant and my doc... I like Dr. Hwang very much and his assistant doctor was... explained things beautifully. Thank you.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    The whole experience going into your office in Vancouver is excellent. The people that take care of you and get you in to take the photos and everything. And and do do a preliminary exams, they're on time. You don't have to wait around on long time to see the doctor. Dr. Hwang is wonderful his absolute wonderful doctor. I can't think, this is the ideal type of experience going in to see a medical provider. Just absolutely the best. I can't think of anything better to say. Wonderful doctor, wonderful staff *

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Dr. Hwang is a great ophthalmologist. He conducted a procedure on my eye and my latest visit was for a follow up. Good improvement. He communicates the problems in detail and makes it easy to understand. I am very happy with all of the doctors I've been treated by and Dr. Hwang is among them.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Everyone is very nice but the scheduling is such as to make very long waiting time to see the Doctor. This is not a new thing as it has been that way for years.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    He was careful, took time to review the chart & listen to our recent history, and explained what he wanted to do & why, and then explained the procedure before/during it.

  • Jul 06, 2019

    He was very calm. He made me feel assured. He acted like he knew what he was doing. He explained everything. I liked them. He was a good guy. OHSU on the other hand, ehhhhhhh.

  • Jul 04, 2019

    All were very nice and polite. The time here was very good and everyone was very interested in me and why I was there.

  • Jul 04, 2019

    I have been seeing Dr. Hwang for 4 1/2 years for a chronic eye issue. He is an excellent clinician and very personable.

  • Jul 03, 2019

    He was very thoughtful about explaining the different issues that were going on with my eyes. And very reassuring about process that was going to happen with the dry macular degeneration. I really appreciated that.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    Dr was a good listener. Good comunication.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    He's great. Always smiling and always approachable.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    Dr. Hwang is very personable and a very good doctor, awesome communication with his patients and he goes to bat for his patients when he needs to and I really trust him and that is saying a lot because I don't trust a lot of doctors, but I do trust Dr. Hwang.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    I had several tears and holes in both retinas. My mom had the same problem and she was legally blind. I am so thankful to Dr. Hwang for saving my sight! He is amazing! His nurse was also!

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Extremely professional, constant contact during visit by one caregiver or another, well organized

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Hi. We were very satisfied with the services by Dr. Hwang and he listens to the patients. He cares about the patients. There is nothing more to say. Thank you.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    The only problem is the wait time for the Dr. I waited 1 hour from the time of my appointment until the Dr. came to see me. But he is really patient at answering all my questions, so I see why he is late.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    He is fantastic. I couldn't find a better doctor. Been going to him for 9, 10 years would never change. He's just Superman in my eyes.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    I like him and respect him. I think he's very knowledgeable, but I used to think we were friends and I haven't felt that lately and I don't know why. It's disappointing but I wish him well.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    Yes, I wanted to give my highest recommendation and support and kudos to Dr. Hwang. I truly believe he saved my vision and saved my life because in my business vision obviously just living a good life is you know with sight is a good thing, but he caught me at a time where I was extremely depressed and I was told by another provider called Retina Northwest that I was I would be 100% blind within a year and all they wanted to do was shoot me up with Lucinda and that's it. Dr. Thomas Hwang took a look at it, told me he thought he could improve my vision, and every step of the way held true to his word and I have 20/20 vision and I've got my full sight back. I*.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    It was a good experience for me. I really like Dr. Hwang. That's about it.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    Seen promptly. Staff very nice and professional. Each member personally handed off to the next technician. I was informed of the results of the tests and measurements taken. Dr. Hwang was thorough and easy to communicate with. He answered all my questions and let me know that his report would be forwarded to my other healthcare providers.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    I have been treated at Casey Eye Institute for a number of years. I was initially treated by Dr. Stout, then Dr. Lauer and now Dr. Hwang. I have been pleased with my treatment. I was very impressed by Dr. Hwang. He was thorough and explained my problem completely. He performed a procedure and explained all the way through. Thank him for me.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    the visit was great as always, everything was timely and received treatment and attention as needed.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Always an excellent experience. I have total confidence in Dr. Hwang and my treatment over the years.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    I go to OHSU about every 8 weeks, it's a wonderful place

  • Jun 06, 2019

    my experience in this eye clinic is very good everyone is very kind to me especially the doctor one grace

  • May 31, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Hwang for several ... for how many years he's ... I've been going to him is absolutely excellent. He does a super job with his shots. He's very careful of looking looking at things and you know, we can't save me forever from macular degeneration, but he's sure doing a very good job. Plus I like him. 

  • May 31, 2019

    Dr. Hwang is always very compassionate. He's always professional and he is always very reassuring. I do recommend him to anyone.

  • May 31, 2019

    Very knowledgeable about my condition. Always prompt and professional. Respectful of stressed out patients!

  • May 31, 2019

    As always excellent!

  • May 30, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and kind man - good experience

  • May 30, 2019

    Dr Hwang is very professional. I fee like I am in good hands ! Only concern I have is,I get there for the appointment on time, only to wait up to one hour to get a three minute evaluation and then asked to return in six months. Lots of unproductive waiting time.

  • May 29, 2019

    He is always courteous. Tells me about the problems with my eyes.

  • May 21, 2019

    Friendly, informative and efficient

  • May 20, 2019

    He's always courteous, concerned and will answer any questions I may have promptly and as completely as he can.

  • May 19, 2019

    Thomas Hwang is pleasant, competent, effective. I enjoy talking to him. He treats me with care and... and good humor. I see him as very dedicated doctor.

  • May 16, 2019

    He is always very caring and knowledgeable

  • May 16, 2019

    great group of folks in the clinic. service great

  • May 16, 2019

    I feel comfortable with this doctor and feel he is honest with feedback to me.