Charles W. Flowers Jr.

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD

Areas of treatment:

Corneal and External Diseases and Refractive Surgery
Cataract Surgery


  • Ophthalmology


  • Department of Ophthalmology


  • English

Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
  • USC Roski Eye Institute (Los Angeles)

About this doctor:

Dr. Flowers graduated from Stanford University with a degree in chemistry and received his M.D. degree from the Cornell University School of Medicine, where he was distinctly honored as a National Medical Fellowships Scholar. He then completed an internship in general surgery and residency training in ophthalmology at the Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine, where he was honored as the intern of the Year, and received an esteemed National Eye Institute Fellowship. Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Flowers completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he was honored with the Award of Excellence in Resident Training.

Dr. Flowers proceeded to distinguish himself in the field of refractive surgery by authoring textbook chapters and articles, and conducting research in corneal surgical mapping and healing patterns. Dr. Flowers also conducted pioneering work in the field of telemedicine for which he received numerous awards, including the Computer-World Smithsonian laureate Innovators Award. Dr. Flowers specializes in LASIK and related refractive surgeries, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and Intacs implantation for keratoconus. He has been honored repeatedly including being recognized as one of the nation’s top eye surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.

He has been recognized as one of the nations top eye surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America, as one of San Diego’s top LASIK surgeons by San Diego Magazine.

How would you describe your philosophy of care to a prospective patient?

I care for each and every patient as though they were a member of my own family. I make this statement in light of the fact that I have performed eye surgery on several of my close family members. Thus, I put my heart , mind, and soul in my efforts to achieve the best outcomes for my patients.


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1989


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1989-1990


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1990-1993


USC Department of Ophthalmology/USC School of Medicine, Cornea and External Disease/Refractive Surgery, 1993-1995


American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional society memberships:

Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, 1991-2002
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 1992
American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1992
Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1999


National Medical Fellowships Scholar, 1989
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Merit Award, 1989
Intern of the Year Award, Department of Surgery, King-Drew Medical Center 1989-1990
Service-Leadership Award, Joint Council of Interns and Residents, The County of Los Angeles, 1991-1992
Outstanding Scientific Poster Award, National Medical Association, 1992
National Eye Institute ARVO Travel Fellowship Grant, 1994
Award of Excellence in Resident Training, 1995
Commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, "Carmelitos Teleophthalmology Project", 1998
Innovative Project Award, 1998
1998 Innovator’s Award, 1998
1998 Computer World Smithsonian Laureate, 1998
JCIR/CIR HONOREE, Joint Council of Interns & Residents/Council of Interns & Residents, 1999
“Proclamation” From Los Angeles County Supervisor Burke’s Office, 1999
Teleconferencing Excellence Award, 1999
Masters In Medicine Honoree, 1999
Productivity & Quality Award, Sara Stivelman Memorial Award, 1999
Tech Expo 2000 - Best Practices Showcase Award, Certificate of Excellence, 2000
HUD – Best Practices Award, Los Angeles Local Winner, 2000
Safety Net, Health System Innovation, Honorable Mention, 2000
HUD – Best Practices Award, National Winner, 2000
Award of Excellence, 2000
America’s Top Ophthalmologists, 2002
Winston Crouch Award, 2002
San Diego Magazine Top Doctors, 2004
San Diego Magazine Top Doctors, 2005
VSP People First Award Certificate of Recognition, 2006
People’s Choice Most Compassionate Doctor Award, 2010