Angela Buffenn, MD, MPH

Director, Orbit and Eye Movement Program
Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Angela N. Buffenn, MD, MPH, is director of the Orbit and Eye Movement Program in The Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Buffenn is director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where she is an assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology.

Dr. Buffenn earned her Medical Degree and Masters of Public Health Degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency at the University of Maryland and her fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Buffenn’s research priorities include exam techniques for detecting ocular disease in infants and children, amblyopia, and various forms of strabismus. One type of strabismus Dr. Buffenn has been investigating currently is the management of intermittent exotropia, a form of strabismus in which the eyes deviate out.

Dr. Buffenn has also been the principal investigator for a study addressing the detection of ocular disease in infants and children, a collaborative effort with pediatricians at Children's Hospital Los Angeles funded by Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc and Pearle Vision Foundation. On a national level, Dr. Buffenn serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of AAPOS, a publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

She also serves as chair of the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee (OTAC) Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Panel, which is a division of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Clinical Interests

Dr. Buffenn's research focuses on the surgical and medical management of strabismus. Dr. Buffenn's current strabismus research addresses the surgical and medical management of exotropia and accommodative esotropia. Additional research interests include red reflex exam validity for the detection of ocular disease in infants and children, management of nasolacrimal duct obstruction, and factors affecting amblyopia treatment outcomes.


Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School


Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital: Transitional Program


University of Maryland: Ophthalmology


Wilmer Eye Institute/John Hopkins Hospital: Pediatric Ophthalmology



Ophthalmology: American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Memberships

California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons; Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology; Doheny-USC Professional Association; Los Angeles County Medical Association; California Medical Association; American Academy of Ophthalmology; American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus; Women in Ophthalmology; American Medical Association


Strabismus and Amblyopia