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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English, Korean
Surgeon Yes
Locations 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
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Aging
  • Orbital Diseases
  • Ptosis
  • Tear Duct Conditions
View all 5 Specialties +


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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 10/1/2020, 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

309 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

dr hwang was very accessible

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Dr. Catherine Hwang helped me with my problem and she changed my life and make me love my self again she did what many doctors couldn't do! thank you so much Dr. Hwang!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Love *Dr. Hwang. She's very personable, nice, listens, responds, and you can tell she cares for her patients.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

I have given Dr Hwang information to friends already

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr Hwang was wonderful and did a great job with my procedure

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

great experience...i came to cleveland clinic because of dr. catherine hwang

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

I love dr H Wang

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Dr Hwang is very patient oriented. Great doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

professional and caring staff and doctor

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr. Catherine Hwang is extremely professional: she takes time to listen and time to explain. A first rate professional experience. Completely satisfied with Dr.Catherine Hwang and all the support staff.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Doctor Hwang is one of the best doctors who has administered medical care to me. She is medically brilliant and so personable. Her nurse Debbie is outstanding based on her knowledge and personality: very caring.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

I have enjoyed working with her for the last year. she listens to all my comments and questions. She seems to really care about my individual treatment. she's so pleasant with me and her coworkers. I can't imagine a better doctor! So very glad I found her!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

provider even cared about my travel time to the appointment and offered location closer to where I live. very considerate.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Dr Hwang is an exceptional doctor, and has excellent patient care skills.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Dr. Hwang is great! She and her staff respect pt's needs and respond in positive manner.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Dr. Whang and staff were all very helpful and easy to be with and reassuring when I was very upset because I got horribly misdiagnosed by another doctor. I am very grateful for their kindness and patience with me. Dr. Whang was wonderful when I had to have my procedure and follow up afterwards. She has a great bedside manner!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

I would happily recomment Dr. Whang and her staff in the future.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr. Hwang and her assistants were amazing.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

was told I'd need another procedure- I'd never heard of it- felt very overwhelmed with the plan- felt dr Hwang was very busy, rushed on this day- needed n more questions answered- not given the opportunity during this appointment to ask much if anything. I'm very pleased with Dr Hwang's expertise, and I complimented her on the surgery she'd done- but wasn't prepared for the news of another surgery, especially one I'd never heard of-

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

she is a very energetic and caring doctor. Advice and information was highly appreciated.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

I would definitely recommend Dr. Hwang

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Well done caring and professional! Dr Hwang was very informative and provided insight into where we are with my eye lid issues.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr Huang is a miracle worker.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

I was able to get into see Dr. Hwang sooner than I thought. the staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

I will definitely be returning to see Dr. Hwang and would recommend her to anyone who the same service. she was. very thorough and considerate

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr Hwang is so nice and comforting, exactly how you want to be treated !

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Dr Hwang is always fast, efficient and has excellent "bedside " manner. I have been delighted with all my appointments with Dr. Hwang.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

I always enjoy my medical visits with Dr. Hwang. She always treats me with respect and is very confident in what she does.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

I found Dr. Hwang to be very experienced competent and professional. in addition to her medical expertise , she is a very caring and personable physician. Comforting to a patient.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

My experience was very good with both the doctor and PA. I was given answers to my answers so I could understand.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Dr Hwang save my vision. Before my treatments I could not see well and experienced several falls. She changed my life.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Dr Hwang carefully listened and applied treatment in a thoughtful manner. Great doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

I always have a great experience with Dr. Catherine Hwang she is one of the most kind people I've ever seen.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

This was an excellent experience! My prescription was refilled. Dr. Wang was very informative.Thank you!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

understood what Dr. Hwang was saying

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Excellent healthcare provider!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr Hwang and the staff with whom I interacted were GREAT!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

I highly recommend Dr. Hwang and feel the 2 surgical procedures I underwent really helped my vision and my self-esteem!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr. Hwang is excellent. She listens, engages you in discussion and answered my questions. I would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr. Hwang is an excellent practitioner and seems to be surrounded by a good team so that they all work very well together.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Dr Hwang is extremely talented, did wonderful work on my droopy eyelid and was patient with answering all my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Dr. Hwang is an excellent doctor- so glad I found her!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I really liked doctor. She gave me some good information to practice for my eyes that are constantly watering.

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