Suzann Pershing, MD

Ophthalmologist, Cataract specialist

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Bio:   Dr. Pershing is on the ophthalmology faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as Chief of Ophthalmology for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, with an academic career blending clinical practice, teaching, research, and administration.

Her research interests focus on improved utilization of evidence-based medicine to determine cost-effectiveness and relative outcomes of ophthalmic treatments. Through this, she aims to provide additional information to policymakers and clinicians in order to optimize treatment choices. She is also interested in health care innovation – technology as well as quality and delivery systems. Dr. Pershing is active in big data initiatives and analysis, including collaborative projects at Stanford and serving on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) IRIS registry working group and as the AAO representative to the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM).

She graduated from university summa cum laude in 2002, and with high honors from medical school in 2006. During medical school, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, served as chapter president in her final year, and was honored with the President’s Clinical Science Award, Merck Award for Academic Excellence, and American Medical Women’s Association Commendation. She subsequently completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford University, followed by an AHRQ fellowship in Health Care Research and Health Policy through the Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. She presently sees patients at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford and oversees eye care services at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center.

Dr. Pershing also serves on the national board of directors of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, with focus on resident initiatives, and mentors both medical students and undergraduate students (through the Stanford Immersion in Medicine series and VA clinical internships in ophthalmology). Dr. Pershing has had an interest in teaching since tutoring fellow students in college and medical school. She is currently co-director for the medical student ophthalmology clerkship, Ophth 300A, and co-instructor for a multidisciplinary student policy lab addressing key health care system issues identified by the congressional Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Byers Eye Institute

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University - Ophthalmology DepartmentCA
  • Residency: Stanford University - Ophthalmology Department (2010) CA
  • Internship: Scripps Mercy Hospital (2007) CA
  • Medical Education: Medical University of South Carolina (2006) SC
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology (2012)
  • Fellowship, Stanford University - Health Policy and Health Services Research and Health Policy, CA (2013)

Honors & Awards

  • Stanford Faculty Teaching Award, Stanford Department of Ophthalmology (2014)
  • Elected Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (2004)
  • Merck Award for Academic Excellence, Medical University of South Carolina (2006)
  • American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Certificate of Commendation, Medical University of South Carolina (2006)
  • President’s Clinical Science Award, Medical University of South Carolina (2006)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief, Ophthalmology Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (2013 - 2014)