MEET YOUR SURGEON: DAGNY ZHU, M.D.
Dr. Zhu is a Harvard-educated, board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in cornea, cataract, and laser refractive surgery. She was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to the United States with her working-class parents at the age of 3. As a Southern California native, Dr. Zhu graduated top of her high school class as valedictorian and attended UCLA on a full-tuition Regents scholarship (the highest award granted in the UC system) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in molecular, cell, and developmental biology.
Dr. Zhu received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School where she discovered her love for ophthalmology and performed cutting-edge research on corneal immunology at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. As a medical student, she co-founded the Medical Mandarin course for doctors-in-training and embarked on a medical mission with Operation Burns in Mumbai, India where she worked alongside plastic surgeons to treat burn victims with debilitating skin and eyelid contractures. Dr. Zhu then returned to Southern California to complete her ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California (USC) + Los Angeles County Medical Center, where she served a predominantly Latino community and cared for the sickest patients at one of the largest public hospitals in the country. Described as a “gifted surgeon” by her mentors, Dr. Zhu elected to complete fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the #1 eye hospital in the world.
In addition to laser vision correction and laser cataract surgery, Dr. Zhu performs all surgeries of the anterior segment including Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), corneal transplantation, cross-linking and INTACS for keratoconus, and pterygium surgery. She has published, presented, and been featured in over 100 scientific journal articles, book chapters, national conferences, and press features on advanced corneal transplantation techniques, corneal endothelial disease, infectious keratitis, and femtosecond laser technology. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society.
Dr. Zhu has come full-circle and now practices as Medical Director of Hyperspeed LASIK (an NVISION company) in her hometown of Rowland Heights in the heart of San Gabriel Valley. As one of the youngest practice owners and few female refractive surgeons in the country, Dr. Zhu has grown her reputation quickly to become a key opinion leader in laser vision correction and premium cataract surgery. She serves as medical advisor to multiple ophthalmic companies, lectures to her peers nationally and worldwide, and leads cutting-edge clinical research studies in presbyopia-correcting technologies. She gives regular talks to community optometrists and is a volunteer attending at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Department of Ophthalmology and the Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she teaches eye surgery to young resident doctors and medical students.
Dr. Zhu also serves as an admissions interviewer for Harvard College and provides mentorship for premedical students with over 50,000 followers on her Instagram account @DZEyeMD. For her professional and community work, Dr. Zhu was most recently named a Rising Star in Ophthalmology, a Woman of Distinction by California State Senator Ling Ling Chang, and a Top 50 Unsung Hero by Asian Hustle Network.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Shanghainese, and Spanish, Dr. Zhu is proud to serve her hometown and neighboring communities in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, Inland Empire, and beyond. In her spare time, Dr. Zhu enjoys playing classical piano, acrylic painting, and singing karaoke as well as spending time with her family as a new mom to son, Atlas.