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Our Physicians

Each doctor in our group is board certified in ophthalmology and has completed formal subspecialty training in medical and surgical diseases of the retina, vitreous, and macula. Each member is nationally recognized for their participation in research and educational programs primarily aimed at understanding the causes of retinal diseases and developing novel treatments. For each of our esteemed doctors, a brief biographical sketch is provided.

Paul E. Tornambe, M.D., F.A.C.S.


President-American Society of Retina Specialists

Past Director, Retina Service, Loma Linda Medical Center

Board of Directors- American Society of Retina Specialists

Honor Award Recepient (Junior and Senior) - American Academy of Ophthalmology

Honor Award Recepient - American Society of Retina Specialists

President-San Diego County Ophthalmological Society

Chief of Staff - Palomar Pomerado Health System-Pomerado Hospital Board of Directors-Scripps Health

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1988

Medical Education: Creighton University School of Medicine, MD, 1972

Internship: Alameda County Medical Center Highland Campus, Internship, Rotating, 1973

Residency: Pacific Presbyterian Med Ctr, Residency, Ophthalmology, 1976

Fellowship: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Fellowship, Retina Vitreous, 1978

My father, a primary care physician, told me on the day I graduated from medical school, 'All you have to do to be successful in medicine is do what is best for your patients, everything else will follow'. That has been my secret to a successful career. I simply treat my patient as if they were a family member. 'Would I advise this operation to my wife or children, brother or sister.' It makes clinical decision making easy. Although I had no interest in academic medicine when I finished my fellowship in Retina, I became very interested in clinical research and writing papers during the years which followed. Although I published nothing during my training years, I have written many chapters and papers on various retinal problems while in private practice. I've also invented a few instruments used in surgery (Tornambe torpedo light), and helped pioneer office based retinal detachment surgery (Pneumatic Retinopexy). I like to think out of the box and always question why we do what we do (macular hole patients do not need to lie face down!). I have been fortunate that other Retina doctors are interested in my ideas which has allowed me to share my thoughts at many prestigous universities in the US (Harvard, Cornell, U. Miami, Emory, Duke) as well as around the world in Europe, South America, England, and Asia. Rather than bore you with titles, I encourage you to google my name.

Lon S. Poliner, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1988

Medical Education: Vanderbilt University, MD, 1982

Internship: St John's Mercy Medical Center, Transitional, 1983

Residency: Washington University, Ophthalmology, 1986

Fellowship: Washington University, Vitreous and Retinal Diseases, 1987

Dr. Poliner has been in private practice since 1987 and was board certified in Ophthalmology in 1988. He received a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Duke University in 1978 and a medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1982. He completed an intership at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis and received three years of residency training in ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Poliner completed an eighteen-month Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His academic achievements include Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Duke University, as well as Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from Vanderbilt Medical School. He was awarded two Heed Ophthalmic Fellowships and conducted original research in macular degeneration and retinal detachment repair during his training. He has presented numerous scientific papers at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons, an Honor Award recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the Retina Society, Vitreous Society, the San Diego County Medical Society, the California Medical Association, and a Clinical Instructor at UCSD. He was the Chairman of the Ophthalmology Departments at Scripps Memorial Hospital and Pomerado Hospital. He was the principal investigator for the NIH-sponsored Silicone Oil Study and Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study. He is also an investigator for current clinical trials evaluating new treatments for Retinal Detachment, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Nikolas J.S. London, M.D., M.S., M.S.

Fellowship: Wills Eye Institute

Residency: CPMC

Medical School: Case Western

Board-certified by the ABO

2 year fellowship in cutting-edge Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Wills Eye Institute

Ronald G. Michels Fellow

Peer-Reviewer for multiple high-profile Ophthalmology journals, including: Archives of Ophthalmology, Retina, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, Advances in Therapy, and Current Opinion in Ophthalmology

50+ Scientific publications

12+ Book chapters

12+ National scientific presentations

Co-Investigator in multiple multicenter clinical research trials, including macular degeneration, retinal detachment repair, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular disease

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2012

Medical Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, MD, 2005

Internship: MetroHealth Medical Center, Preliminary Internship, 2006

Residency: California Pacific Medical Center, Residency, Ophthalmology, 2010

Fellowship: Wills Eye Institute, Retina Service, 2012

Dr. London joined Retina Consultants San Diego in August of 2012 after graduating from one of the most prestigious surgical training programs in the country at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate training at UCLA, obtained master's degrees at both UCLA and Case Western Reserve University, and completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the historic California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and a two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Wills Eye Institute. Dr. London has a strong interest in clinical research. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed ophthalmology journal articles and book chapters. He has worked with multiple international organizations, including the Lions Eye Foundation and Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). With MSF, Dr. London traveled to Myanmar to treat AIDS patients with severe infections of the retina.

Dr. London is committed to helping his patients see better - by bringing the latest, cutting-edge techniques and therapies as well as advancing the field through his own research. Dr. London also prides himself on treating his patients like members of his family, as well as doing his best to lessen the fear patients have of eye disease. His current research projects include looking at ways to reduce scar tissue formation and repeat retinal detachment following retinal detachment repair surgery, and ways to optimize treatment for retinal swelling following retinal vein occlusion. He also is actively involved in writing book multiple chapters and a monthly article for a popular retinal surgery journal.

Dr. London has earned several awards during his early career, including Departmental Honors for his masters' studies, multiple research grants, the Starr E. Schulman fellowship from the California Academy for Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the Wayne Erdbrink award from California Pacific Medical Center, the Steuer from the Department of Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University, a Travel Grant from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Deans' Prize for Excellence in Research at UCLA, and the Ron G. Michels Foundation award for the most outstanding surgical fellow in the country in 2011. Dr. London strives to provide excellent, compassionate patient care.

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