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About St. Joseph Health

SJH provides a full range of care facilities including 16 acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician groups. All of our hospital and home health entities are accredited by the Joint Commission. In our award-winning facilities, SJH maintains a "continuum of care," matched to the diverse needs of the urban centers, smaller cities and rural communities who depend on us every day.

Esther L. Kim, MD

Specialty
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
    (Board Certified)
Additional Language Spoken
English
Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians
Address
Orange County Retina Medical Group - Santa Ana
1200 North Tustin Avenue
Suite 140
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Accepting New Patients

Primary Office

Address
Orange County Retina Medical Group - Santa Ana
1200 North Tustin Avenue
Suite 140
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Get Directions
Phone
(714) 972-8432
Fax
(714) 972-8474

More Information

  • Meet The Doctor

    Specialties & Education

    Primary Specialties
    • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
      (Board Certified)
    Education & Training
    • Medical School
      Yale School of Medicine - 2012
    • Internship
      Internal Medicine - Cedars Sinai - 2013
    • Residency
      USC/LAC Medical Center - 2016
    • Fellowship
      Vietreoretinal Surgery - Massachusettes Eye and Ear Infirmary - 2018
  • Biography

    Biography

    Biography
    Dr. Esther Lee Kim is a Southern California native who grew up in the Fullerton area. She received her undergraduate education at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Molecular Biology. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, where she discovered her love of ophthalmology. After her internal medicine internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute (formerly Doheny Eye Institute)/ Los Angeles County Medical Center, one of the busiest and top-ranked residency programs in the country. She then pursued a subspecialty fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. There, she gained clinical and surgical expertise in diseases of the macula, retina, and vitreous.
    Dr. Kim has published extensively on a wide range of innovative topics in vitreoretinal surgery that have been featured in leading ophthalmology journals. She has been invited to present her research at national and international ophthalmology meetings, and she serves as an invited reviewer for several top ophthalmology journals, including Retina. Dr. Kim’s clinical interests include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, macular puckers and holes, and retinal imaging.
    When she is not practicing retina, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, running, yoga, spinning, and trying new restaurants.