Keck School Faculty

Charles Wesley Flowers, MD, FACS
Charles Wesley Flowers, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology;Residency Program Director
Ophthalmology
HC4 4900 1450 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD, received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1985 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1989. During his time as a medical student he was honored as a national medical fellowship scholar. Following his ophthalmology residency training at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine in Los Angeles, California, he completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship in the USC Department of Ophthalmology where he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Resident Training. Dr. Flowers has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top eye surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council for his expertise in cornea and refractive surgery.

Dr. Flowers’ research focuses on identifying best practices for deploying teleophthalmology to screen for diabetic retinopathy in urban medically underserved communities. In addition, he conducts investigations on the use of Anterior Segment OCT as a tool for refractive surgery screening and Posterior Segment OCT of the optic nerve as a tool for assessing post concussion syndrome. In addition, Dr. Flowers is involved in identifying best practices for sports visual enhancement.

: People's Choice Most Compassionate Doctor Award, 2010

: Consumers' Research Council, 2010

VSP People First Award: Certificate of Recognition, 2006

San Diego Magazine: San Diego's Top Doctors, 2004-2005

Consumer's Research Council of America: America's Top Ophthalmologists, 2002

: Winston Crouch Award for Innovation in Government, 2002

Tech Expo 2000: Best Practices Showcase Award Certificate of Excellence, 2000

HUD: Best Practices Award Los Angeles, 2000

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine: RCMI Research Award of Excellence, 2000

: Safety Net Health System Innovation Honorable Mention in Recognition of Telemedicine Specialty Care, 2000

HUD: Best Practices Award National Winner, 2000

LA County Supervisor Burke's Office: "Proclamation", 1999

: Masters in Medicine Honoree, 1999

JCIR/CIR: Honoree, 1999

: Productivity & Quality Award- Sara Stivelman Memorial Award, 1999

International Teleconferencing Association: Teleconferencing Excellence Award, 1999

Health Data Management Magazine: Innovator Award, 1998

Smithsonian Institution Permanent Research Collection: Computer-World Smithsonian Laureate, 1998

Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Award of Excellence in Residency Training, 1995

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship, 1994

National Medical Association: Outstanding Scientific Poster Presentation Award, 1992

Joint Council of Interns and Residents, The County of Los Angeles: Service-Leadership Award, 1991-1992

Department of Surgery, King-Drew Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science: Intern of the Year Award, 1989-1990

Cornell University Medical College Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Merit Award: National Medical Fellowships Scholar, 1989

Clusterin from human clinical tear samples: Positive correlation between tear concentration and Schirmer strip test results Ocul Surf. 2018 10; 16(4):478-486. . View in PubMed

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