Dr. Colin A. McCannel, MD - Santa Monica, CA - Ophthalmology

Dr. Colin McCannel

  • Ophthalmology
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Languages supported at his practice: English, Spanish
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Electronic Health Records

Dr. McCannel's Background


Colin A. McCannel, M.D., Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America. He received a bachelor degree in biology in 1987 summa cum laude at the California State University in Northridge, California. He received his title of doctor of medicine in 1991 from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. He completed a Medical Internship from 1991 to 1992 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and went on to train in ophthalmology at the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA and Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California. Between 1996 to 1998 he returned to the Jules Stein Eye Institute for a vitreoretinal fellowship. Between 1998 and 2008 Dr. McCannel has worked in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota as a vitreoretinal specialist. In the fall of 2008, he joined the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners since July 1991 and the American Board of Ophthalmology since October 1996. He is licensed to practice medicine in California and Minnesota. Dr. McCannel has received several honors beginning during his undergraduate years. He was part of the University Honors Program at his undergraduate college of California State University Northridge. He was the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Department of Biology and the year previously was awarded the Outstanding Junior in the School of Science and Mathematics. He was listed in Who’s Who in American College and Universities in 1987. During his training he was co-winner of the Henry and Lillian Nesburn award for best research paper at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in 1995. He received the Teacher of the Year Award awarded by residents in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in 1996. He was a Heed Fellow in 1996-1997, and received a Paul Kayser Scholar Travel Fellowship awarded by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology in 1998. In 2008, he received the “Innovation in Teaching” award from the Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Medical Education. At Mayo Clinic, his administrative involvement in the Department of Ophthalmology included leadership positions in the electronic medical record development, digital imaging implementation, and serving as Vice Chair. Institutionally, he also helped shape the digital image viewing environment. At the Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. McCannel serves on the residents and Retina fellow admission committees, and the Residents Education Steering Committee. He is also Chief of Retina at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, one of UCLA’s Teaching Hospitals. He is member of several organizations including the American and Minnesota Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Surgeons, the Retina Society, and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology. At the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology he has been a member of the Board of Directors for 8 years and served as the President of the organization in 2006/7 academic year. Currently Dr. McCannel serves on the American Academy of Ophthlamology’s Medical Information Technology Committee, and the Basic and Clinical Science Series’ Retina editorial and writing committee. He has given many lectures throughout the world and has done book chapters and research papers. His specific interests include uveitis, digital imaging clinical research trials, and the use of virtual reality simulation in ophthalmic surgical teaching. He is a reviewer for several prestigious journals including Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Eye, and American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Hospital Affiliations
  • Residency
  • UCLA Medical Center
  • Medical School, 1991
  • Mayo Medical School
  • Rochester, MN
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