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.

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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)


Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

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. 

Research Focus

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. 


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Eye Institute at Harborview

Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA

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