Dr. Besser is a Medical and Surgical Ophthalmologist and founding member of Angeles Eye Institute located in Culver City, CA. He specializes in refractive cataract surgery and laser vision correction. He also provides comprehensive medical and surgical eye care, managing a wide breadth of acute and chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, red/dry eyes, and chalazion removal.
Dr. Besser is regarded for his surgical skill and high success rate in the ophthalmology community. He is passionate about maintaining ethical standards in the industry, and for prioritizing patient education and care so that patients feel armed with information and options when it comes to their health.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Dr. Besser earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Boston University School of Medicine, subsequently completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York Medical College. Dr. Besser was awarded the title of Chief Resident in Ophthalmology during his senior year.
Dr. Besser is invested in furthering the quality of eye surgery beyond the walls of his own practice. He serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Jules Stein Eye Institute-UCLA, and he teaches advanced cataract surgery to ophthalmology residents at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He’s passionate about teaching residents and fellows and helping to equip the next generation of doctors with the skills and best practices they need to be amazing surgeons.
Teaching at an elite research institution also helps to keep Dr. Besser at the forefront of the latest technology, techniques, and science of ophthalmology, helping him to continue to evolve as a surgeon and offer new tech and options to his patients.
Originally born in Mexico City, Dr. Besser moved with his family to the US when he was eight years old. As an undergraduate at UCSB, he realized that volunteer work he’d done at the university health clinic had been fulfilling work for him, and that he wanted to pursue a meaningful career where he could connect with and help others.
Dr. Besser was immediately drawn to the challenge and intensity of surgery, especially ophthalmology which also required great hand-eye coordination and precision, but still allowed for building strong relationships with patients. Most of all, he was drawn to the impact of ocular surgery: procedures that in ten minutes can give a patient better vision, freedom, and agency. Improved vision can improve cognition, emotional well being, or help older patients maintain their independence.
Beyond surgery, Dr. Besser enjoys providing ongoing care and building lasting relationships with patients experiencing chronic conditions that require regular maintenance and monitoring including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Eye health can be a key indicator of general health, and many systemic diseases can be caught early through careful ophthalmic examinations.
Instrument Design & Technology
Dr. Besser is an early adopter of new equipment, lenses, and technology, and is eager to incorporate new and improved procedures and technologies into his skill set if they can benefit his patients. Always on the hunt for new ways to improve patient outcomes, Dr. Besser has developed and patented several industry-leading surgical instruments. These include the Josephberg/Besser Scleral Depressor, which aids in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, and Besser Forceps, used in complex cataract procedures.
Local and International Volunteer Work
Dr. Besser is committed to serving the Los Angeles community by donating his services locally. Over the years he has screened patients for the Venice Family Clinic, often providing free services to patients who otherwise have no access to care, and volunteered for Care Harbor megaclinic events at the LA Sports Arena. He has also participated in multiple pro bono medical/surgical missions to Mexico and Nicaragua.
"As for Dr. Besser I have never had any doctor explain to me and show me on the screen what exactly was going on with my eyes. I feel now that I am in very good hands."
"Dr. Besser has a wonderful, caring personality backed by extensive knowledge and experience. I give my full, personal recommendation to anyone seeking eye care."
"Bottom line, the guy is amazing and I am blessed to have him as my doctor. You will not regret trusting Dr. Besser with your eyes. Promise!"
"Dr. Besser is one of the most outstanding doctors in his field. Besides his compassion for the patient and passion for his craft, he is just a great personable person."
"It's the way we discussed my eye issues - his demeanor - that set him apart and made my first appointment with him thorough, professional, effective and enjoyable."
"Dr. Besser is an excellent surgeon. I wish I didn't wait so long to have my cataract removed."
"The expertise and professionalism of Dr. Besser and his staff gives me great confidence. The outcomes from surgeries has proven the confidence is warranted."
"I will always recommend to my family and friends. He is efficient, knowledgeable, and courteous."
"He made me feel totally at ease in a procedure I was nervous. I'm super pleased."
"Dr. Besser and staff are very well established, concerned about their patients, very professional, caring and explains very positive answers."
"This is the best doctor and staff of any medical institution that I've been in. They make you feel like family!"