Hon. William De La Peña

Hon. William De La Peña, M.D., Dr.h.c.

Professor of Ophthalmology, Founder and Medical Director De La Peña Eye Clinic, a Medical Group, Inc.

Clinical Specialties

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal Surgery
  • External Disease of the Eye

Academic Degrees

  • American School Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico, B.S., 1971
  • Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, M.D., 1975


  • University of California, Irvine, Rotating Internship, 1975-1977
  • University of California, Irvine, Psychiatry, 1976-1977


  • University of California, Irvine, Ophthalmology, 1977-1980


  • Moorfields Eye Institute, University of London, England, Cornea and External Disease, 1980-1981
  • Louisiana State University, Cornea, 1981-1982

Board Certification

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Areas of Interest

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Ophthalmological Teaching
  • Telemedicine
  • Practice Administration

Awards and Honors

  • Best student of graduating medical school class
  • Professor of Ophthalmology, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Chairman and Honorary President – ALACCSA (Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons)
  • Founder and president of the World Federation of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • President Professional Division US Soccer Federation
  • Board Member US Soccer Foundation
  • Medal of Honor SECOIR (Spanish Society of Cataract and Intraocular Lens Surgeons)
  • President of the Pan American Ophthalmology Foundation
  • The Pan American Ophthalmology Association Edward Maumenee Distinguished Service Award
  • Achievement Award American Academy of Ophtalmology
  • Regent, USUHS (Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate)
  • Distinguished Service Medal, USUHS (Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland)
  • Multiple Honorary memberships in Latin American Opthalmological Societies
  • Regent, University of California, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and confirmed by the California State Senate
  • Governor of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, LLC.
  • Special Representative of the United States to the United Nations


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
  • Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ALACCSA-R)