Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Jeehee Kim, MD
Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon
Dr. Jeehee Kim is a cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery fellowship-trained ophthalmologist and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). She trained at Duke University and is on staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and Los Gatos Surgical Center. She is a former professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she instructed ophthalmology residents and fellows. She previously served as a surgical instructor for Stanford ophthalmology residents at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and was the former Chief of Ophthalmology at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Kim works with many doctors with various specialties throughout the Bay Area, including at Stanford and UCSF.
A Message From Dr. Kim
Gratitude is the word that comes to mind when I think of my practice in ophthalmology. My mind floods with past images: a Haitian patient walked over 10 miles of mountainous terrain to have his cataract removed; a stoic Guatamalan farmer never flinched during a cataract surgery with only local anesthesia; an apprehensive Japanese widow who had a major blunt trauma to her recent surgical eye, was resolutely hopeful about seeing well again; an elderly retiree with end stage glaucoma entrusted me to remove his cataract in his only seeing eye. There are so
many more stories. My heart is full and I am forever grateful for all the patients who have faith in me and entrust me with the care of their eyesight, their precious gift. More than that, my patients have taught me about courage and grace with their exemplary responses in the face of sometimes tragic and heart-breaking adversities. Their sincere appreciation for the care they’ve received and steadfast hopefulness despite their dire circumstances encourage me to deliver care with more personal attention and compassion. I hope to continue to learn from my patients whom I consider my friends, and who help me to be a better ophthalmologist and more than that, a better person.
Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, OD
Dr. Jennifer Nguyen is board-ceritified by the National Board of Optometry in the treatment and management of ocular disease including glaucoma and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. As an optometrist at Polaris Eye & Laser, she specializes in myopia control among children and youths and custom contact lenses including scleral contacts and Ortho-K. She is a San Jose native and completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, where she also recieved her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She participated in various externships during her clinical rotations at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Tacoma, Washington; the Hayward Wellness Clinic; as well as the John Muir Health/UCSF Health Berkeley Outpatient Center.
Dr. Nguyen speaks English and Vietnamese. Outside the clinic, she can be spotted trying out new cultural and international cuisines or reading her favorite books at trendy coffee shops. Dr. Nguyen looks forward to working with you and your family, to provide the highest quality of professional eye care.