Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English, Korean
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations


Cole Eye Institute, Akron

1 Park West Blvd.
Akron, OH 44320
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Avon Hospital

33300 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Avon, OH 44011
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Medina Hospital

1000 E. Washington Street
Medina, OH 44256
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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • EyeLid and Brow Lifts
  • Eyelid And Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Eyelid Deformity
  • Eyelid Lesion Removal
  • Ophthalmic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Opthalmic Plastic Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Aging
  • Orbital Diseases
  • Ptosis
  • Tear Duct Conditions
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About Catherine Hwang, MD

Dr. Catherine J. Hwang was born in New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Sociology and then traveled to Philadelphia where she obtained her M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She stayed at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute, for her ophthalmology residency. She then moved to Los Angeles and completed an advanced oculofacial and orbital surgery fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA Medical Center (a fellowship certified by both the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery). After this two year fellowship, she completed an additional year of fellowship in cosmetic facial surgery and rhinoplasty in Santa Monica, CA. She also travelled internationally studying in Europe and Asia on botulinum toxin, fillers, and asian eyelid surgery.

Dr. Hwang travels extensively lecturing nationally and internationally. Recent lecture topics have included the evaluation and treatment of the aesthetic patient, facial aging, blepharospasm, and minimally invasive surgery. She is also an invited peer reviewer for numerous journals and continues to publish papers in peer reviewed publications.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Fellowship - Ronald Strahan, MD
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Santa Monica, CA USA

Residency - Scheie Eye Institute
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical Education - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Emory University
Atlanta, GA USA

Additional Training

  • Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery 2010-2011
  • UCLA/JSEI ASOPRS Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship 2008-2010
  • UCLA/JSEI Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery Research Fellowship 2007-2008
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania , Scheie Eye Institute, Ophthalmology Residency 2004-2007
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital, Transitional Internship 2003-2004
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA Degree: MD 1999-2003
  • Emory University, Atlanta, CA Degree: B.S. Biology, minor Sociology 1995-1999

Professional Highlights

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Division of Oculofacial and Orbital Surgery 2010-2016
  • Director, Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery Division, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration
  • Chair, Young ASOPRS Committee 2010-2016 
  • Vice  President, Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) Ectropion (Eyelid Turn Out) Entropion (Eyelid Turn In) Eyelid Ptosis (Lid Drooping) Tear Duct Surgery Facial Palsy / Bell's Palsy Thyroid Eye Disease Orbit Tumors and Trauma Facial and Eyelid Spasm (Blepharospasm) Mohs Surgery Reconstruction Facial Reconstruction Cosmetic Surgery: Midface Lift Browlift Lip Augmentation Chemical Peels Fillers Botulinum Toxin

Awards & Honors

  • Cosmetic Surgery Foundation Award
  • American Society Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Merrill Reeh Pathology Award
  • National Eye Institute ARVO Fellowship Award
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship


  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Asian Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/18/2018, Dr. Hwang has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

270 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Over all it was a great experience, every single person working there was kind friendly and knowledgeable! Doctor Kathy Was amazing as always

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Over all it was a great experience! The entire staff was caring kind and knowledgeable! Dr Kathy Was amazing as always

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr Whang is very professional and an excellent doctor. I would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

I felt like I was rushed, I had a concern about numbness on my eye lid were my lashes are in both eyes but doctor was not concerned & I still am experiencing this condition & it's been several months since the surgery

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

*Dr. Hwang is great - wait was not - was there pushing 2 hours.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

would recommen Dr Hwang to friends. very good doctor, very professional.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

Doctor Hwang is so professional . Always very kind , sweet , soft spoken and very gentle . Doctor Hwang is the best Doctor at The Cleveland Clinic .

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr. Whang is wonderful. I would recommend her any time. She is kind, gentle, caring and professional.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Catherine Hwang and Staff are excellent!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

dr. hwang was very honest and knowledgeable, it was a good visit.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Very Pleasant Provider.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr. Hwang has excellent interpersonal skills as well as being very knowledgeable and able to explain things in a manner that is easy to comprehend,

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Very excellent staff - *Dr. Hwang very personal - explained everything.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Hwang was so professional and kind as well. She put me completely at ease explaining the stye on my eyelid and the procedures that we needed.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr. Hwang is awesome. She did a great job on my eyes. I am thankful.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dr. Hwang and her team treated me with such professionalism and care! Dr. Hwang explained everything the way I can understand, gave me options with treatments. Till I was evaluated by Dr. Hwang, I was so distraught not knowing what was happening. She took time to evaluate my condition which gave me such a comfort and helped me choosing a course of action. Thank you, Dr. Hwang.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr seemed very rushed during my visit and left unsure of how to proceed as my issue is not that serious. She mentioned seeing a different doctor but I never got a written referral or know how to contact his office for scheduling.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

my appointment was for 2:00 aside from a few tests I didn't see the dr for 11/2 hours

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

I was disappointed that the first thing the Dr. said to me was "we have no idea what causes sty's." While I believe that is true I learned more about sty's on-line than on this visit. The Dr. did show compassion even shared her personal experience of having a sty.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr Hwang listened to what I explained about my condition and provided thorough assessment. EXCELLENT visit!

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Hwang is a wonderful doc, personable, knowledgeable, and amazing at her profession. I am very happy with the service I received.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr. Hwang is a phenomenal surgeon. Her surgical skills on my eyelid were exceptional, and her compassion and follow-up treatment for my scar are beyond what I expected.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr. Hwang is amazing. Not only did she remember me from seeing her over 2 yrs ago but remembered the surgical procedure she had done on my eye! I have recommended her and will continue to.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I moved from Fl. to Cleveland just for medical care from the Cleveland Clinic. You have given me back my life and Dr. Hwang is one of your miracle workers who is keeping my body functioning so I can continue enjoying this life!

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Magnificent doctor!

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

tremendous doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Hwang is an excellent doctor she is kind and explains the procedures. I am pleased with the care she has given me.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Hwang is terrific! I feel very comfortable with her.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Very good experience. Dr. Hwang is great.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

just love staff and physician!!!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Dr Hwang and staff are amazing. couldn't ask for better care.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

I waited to fill this out until I had had the surgery that Dr. Hwang recommended. She and her staff were fabulous! I am extremely pleased with Dr. Hwang and her PA, both of whom I would highly recommend to others.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

I felt the doctor got irritated with the nurse when she was reading off my eye measurements because the nurse asked her to repeat what she said. The nurse couldn't hear her--the doctor wasn't talking loud enough. Maybe the doctor was having a bad day--but unfortunately it didn't help me at all.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

dr Hwang and staff were excellent. I have already recommended her to friends if they would need her services. Cant say eniugh about the great care I recruiting everyone involved. the surgery staff at the Lorain location were amazing just like Dr Hwang. thanks to everyone I have met.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

I liked Dr. Hwang and thought she offered appropriate service and care.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

There were too many people in the Dr. Hwang's waiting room. I felt as if I was part of a assembly line process. Once I saw Dr. Hwang I was pleased with her service and the fact that she explained the proposed surgery with diagrams that were easy to understand.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

2 hour wait and saw doctor for 10 min. terrible!!

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