Meet Dr. Diana Katsman in Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Diana Katsman is an experienced fellowship-trained Retina Surgeon. Her philosophy is to bring an individualized and compassionate approach to maintain, preserve and restore her patients’ vision. Her goals are to make doctor’s visits relaxed and informative, and procedures pain free.
Dr. Katsman was born in Lithuania and moved to Los Angeles, California as a teenager. Dr. Katsman’s passion to restore people’s ability to lead productive lives started as an undergraduate at UCLA and led her to pursue PhD studies, researching the use of Stem Cells to restore retina in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration, retinal strokes, and diabetic retinopathy. Her pioneering research work resulted in publications in top science journals, presentations at national and international meetings, and filing of a patent for novel stem cell therapies for degenerative eye diseases.
Following her dream to restore vision, Dr. Katsman completed her ophthalmology residency training at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute, currently ranked among top 5 in the nation. She then went on to complete a Vitreo-Retinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship at Loma Linda University, mentored by the internationally renowned leaders in the field. Dr. Katsman continues to be involved in the development of clinical knowledge and novel therapies to help her patients attain optimal results.
Dr. Katsman is passionate about leading community health initiatives and international missionary work. She was involved in missions as a volunteer surgeon in Mexico, and organized a mission to rural Guatemala as a medical director, bringing vision care to the remote regions of the country with greatest need.
In her free time, Dr. Katsman enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding with her son, traveling, yoga and fitness. She is involved in multiple charitable organizations, aiming to bring healthcare to remote areas of the world and serves on the board of research organizations helping recognize and bring to market most promising therapies.