Doctor Profile

Ronald N. Gaster

Ronald Gaster

Ronald N. Gaster, MD, FACS
50 N La Cienega Boulevard, Suite 340
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Beverly Hills

California (CA)

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T: 310-425-3938
F: 310-248-7485

Doctor's practice has a pediatric specialty or subspecialty


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish


Ronald N. Gaster, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist in private practice in Beverly Hills and Orange County, California, and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine. He is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and University of California, Irvine Medical Center.

Dr. Gaster has been selected by his peers to Best Doctors in America since 1996, U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine's 2014 SuperDoctors, and other honors and awards including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement and Honor Awards and was nominated as Clinician of the Year at U.C. Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Gaster is a past President of the Orange County Society of Ophthalmology. He is a graduate of Cornell University, U.C.L.A. School of Medicine and The University of Chicago.

Most recently, Dr. Gaster appeared as an expert and guest doctor on the national, Emmy award winning television show, The Doctors. He will be doing surgery for the show and making additional appearances.

Dr. Gaster was one of the first 20 corneal surgeons internationally to perform Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Penetrating Keratoplasty and has continued research in that field. He additionally uses the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery and other advanced corneal techniques. Dr. Gaster was also a pioneer in the field of refractive surgery and a Principal Investigator for the excimer laser. He is now studying and performing Corneal Cross-Linking in adults and adolescents to halt progression of keratoconus and other ectatic diseases and is a Principal Investigator for that study. He has over 75 peer reviewed journal publications, abstracts and book chapters, including most recently in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Ophthalmology. He was guest editor last year for the International Ophthalmology Clinics. Dr. Gaster also enjoys going on medical missions and has taught corneal surgery in Africa, China and South America.

Published In:

Southern California Super Doctors 2015
Southern California Super Doctors 2014
Southern California Super Doctors 2013
Southern California Super Doctors 2012
Southern California Super Doctors 2008/2009

About Ronald Gaster

Medical School: California Los Angeles David Geffen SOM, University of

Graduation Year: 1973

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

Named by US News & World Report as a Top Doctor. 

U.S. News&World Report--Top Doctors, Castle and Connolly, 2012

Woodward and White's Best Doctors in America, 1996-present

Orange County Medical Association's 2014 Physicians of Excellence and 2014 Top Doctors of Orange County

American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award

American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

Outstanding Teacher Award by UCI Residents, 1999, 2002, and 2008

Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship

Special Licenses/Certifications:

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

International Society of Refractive Surgery

American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery

Professional Activity:

Diseases and Surgery of the Cornea: DSEK, Corneal Transplantation (Femtosecond Laser)

Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens Implants (ReSTOR, Tecnis Multifocal, Crystalens, Toric)

Laser Refractive Surgery: LASIK (Femtosecond Laser), PRK

Pterygium Surgery (sutureless) with Amniotic Membrane Graft

Keratoconus and Intacs Surgery

Dry Eye Treatment

Corneal Cross-linking (CXL) for Keratoconus and Post-LASIK Ectasia

Use of Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery

Community Service:

Medical missions to South America, Asia and Africa to teach corneal transplantation and cataract surgery to local ophthalmologists and treat indigent patients there

Publications, Lectures and Presentations:

Numerous lectures and presentations locally, nationally and internationally

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Former Acting Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, Irvine

Past President, Orange County Society of Ophthalmology

Board of Directors, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Co-Medical Director, Doheny Eye and Tissue Bank

Former member, Medical Board of California, Board of Medical Quality Assurance

Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine

Scientific Reviewer for various Medical Journals

Educational Background:

Cornell University, B.A.

U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, M.D.

University of California, San Diego, internship (surgery)

The University of Chicago, ophthalmology residency

Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, corneal and refractive surgery fellowship

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Additional Locations

Gaster Eye Center
19671 Beach Blvd.
Suite 400
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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