Dr. Yang graduated from one of the most prestigious Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery fellowships in the world, under the guidance of Dr. Don Kikkawa (previous president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) and Dr. Bobby Korn, who are both on Faculty in the Divisions of Plastic Surgery as well as Oculoplastic Surgery at the University of California San Diego. Doctors from all over the world including top universities and cosmetic centers in Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, Lebanon and Israel come to San Diego to learn from these world experts in eyelid and facial aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Patrick Yang is proud to bring these skills back to Canada! He undertook his fellowship training as a recipient of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Detweiler Fellowship Award, an award given to just one or two physicians of the royal college across Canada each year. This award is intended to have the fellow travel to a prestigious institution and gain experience, new knowledge and techniques to further improve the delivery of medical and surgical practice in Canada.
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
This is the foremost organization in the United States that oversees the quality of training on oculofacial plastic surgery. ASOPRS ensures quality training by granting association to only a handful of fellowship training programs. These select programs must strictly adhere to training requirements determined by the society, and acceptance into one of these highly- coveted two year fellowship programs has become one of the two most rare and competitive fellowship training programs across all fields of medicine (the other being Pediatric general surgery).
There are only a few hundred ASOPRS certified members in the United States, and even fewer members internationally. Dr. Yang is proud to be one of a handful of international associate members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
At the University of California San Diego with Dr. Don Kikkawa and Dr. Bobby Korn
Dr. Yang attended the University of British Columbia for undergraduate studies, from where he received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology and subsequently his Doctor of Medicine. He underwent Ophthalmology residency training at the University of Toronto, where he was chief resident and received the Kensington Eye Institute Most Proficient Cataract Surgeon Award, the Sunnybrook Hospital Dr. John Speakman Award, as well as the Sigmund Vaile Best Surgical Resident Award at Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition, he was honored with the prestigious Sopman Humanitarian Award, recognizing two residents (in any field of medicine or surgery) across the country who demonstrate excellence in humanistic care, interpersonal skills and characteristics of compassion and support while providing patient care and achieving clinical as well as academic excellence. His most memorable experience in Toronto was taking part in vision exams for the Toronto Raptors spring training camp.
Dr. Yang is an advocate for medical volunteering and outreach. He has volunteered in rural areas of Canada, as well as in remote destinations around the world. His most recent involvement includes the title of an Associate Ophthalmologist for Orbis International’s flying eye hospital, a MD-10 plane converted into an eye hospital, which has taken him to volunteer missions in Mongolia, the Philippines, and parts of China.
On location in Mongolia
His clinical interests include cataract surgery, facial rejuvenation with injectables such as botox and juvederm, cosmetic surgery, lacrimal surgery and ophthalmic facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. He has attended and presented research at multiple international meetings including the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS).