Lisa C. Olmos de Koo, MD, MBA joined the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle in 2016 as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute and at the USC Roski Eye Institute of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Olmos is a native of Washington, DC, where she grew up in a bilingual household speaking Spanish as well as English. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University, where she was a member of the Varsity Swim Team as well as the Board of Directors of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society. During her undergraduate years, she spent summers conducting basic science research in ophthalmic genetics at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. She then earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, along with an MBA from Rice University. She completed her internship at Georgetown University, with rotations at the Walter Reed Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) as well as at the LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad, India. Following the completion of her ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, in Miami, FL, she was selected to serve a one-year term as Chief Resident and Co-Director of Ocular Trauma at BPEI.
One of the few implanting surgeons worldwide for the Argus II retinal prosthesis, Dr. Olmos previously served as Primary Investigator for the Argus II device clinical trials at USC. She has a special interest in ophthalmic education, currently serving as the Retina Fellowship Program Director at the UW, a position she previously held at USC. She is the editor of a quarterly column in Retina Specialist Magazine and serves as an adjunct professor of Ophthalmology at Seoul National University in South Korea. She sits on the Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). She regularly lectures at both national and international meetings.
Dr. Olmos lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. Her outside interests include competitive swimming, classical music, and opera.
Undergraduate Education: AB, Chemistry, Harvard University, 2000
Medical School: MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 2005
Post Graduate Education: MBA, Rice University, 2005
Internship: Transitional, Georgetown University, 2006
Residency: Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, 2009
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Surgery, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, 2010
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2011
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Sub Specialty Societies: American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)
Vit-Buckle Society (VBS)
Dr. Olmos specializes in both the medical and surgical care of vitreoretinal diseases. She cares for patients with retinal detachment, eye trauma, diabetic eye disease, macular pucker, macular hole, macular degeneration, hereditary retinal degenerations, and central serous retinopathy, among other conditions.
Dr. Olmos’ areas of research include artificial vision and retinal prostheses, novel therapies for macular degeneration and inherited retinal degenerations, screening methods and treatment strategies for diabetic retinopathy, and advanced retinal imaging modalities.
Awards & Honors
2016 “Best Female Surgeon, “Vit-Buckle Society
2012 - 2016 “Top Doctor,” Pasadena Magazine
2013 “Rising Star Award,” Los Angeles Magazine
Pouw AE, Olmos de Koo LC. Oral rifampin for central serous retinopathy: a strategic approach in three patients. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Jan; 46(1): 98-102.
Sagong M, van Hemert J, Olmos de Koo LC, Barnett C, Sadda SR. Assessment of accuracy and precision of quantification of ultra-widefield images. Ophthalmology, 2015 Apr; 122(4):864-6
Ho AC, Humayun MS, Dorn JD, da Crux L, Dagneli G, Handa J, Barale PO, Stanga PE, Hafezi F, Safran AB, Salzmann J, Santos A, Birch D, Spencer R, Cideciyan AC, de Juan E, Duncan JL, Eliott D, Fawzi A, Olmos de Koo LC, Brown CG, Haller JA, Regillo CD, Del Priore LV, Arditi A, Geruschat DR, Greenberg RJ, for the Argus II Study Group. Long-term results from an epiretinal prosthesis to restore sight to the blind. Ophthalmology, 2015 Aug; 122(8): 1547-54.
Matsunaga DR, Yi JJ, De Koo LO, Ameri H, Puliafito CA, Kashani AH. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of Diabetic Retinopathy in Human Subjects. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina, 2015 Sep 1; 46(8): 796-805.
Israelsen PE, Sadda SR, Dorn JD, Humayun MS, Olmos de Koo LC. Optomap widefield imaging of the Argus II retinal prosthesis in patients with retinitis pigmentosa. Retinal Cases & Brief Reports, 2015 Dec 22.
Tan JJ, George MS, Olmos de Koo LC. The Bandage Lens Technique: A Novel Method to Improve Intraoperative Visualization and Fluidic Stabilization During Vitrectomy in Cases of Penetrating Ocular Trauma. Retina, 2016 May 19.
Primary Clinical Office
UW Medicine Eye Institute
Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Medical and Surgical Retina