Dr. Brad Elkins not only specializes in laser vision correction, but he has also had the procedure himself. In 1996, Dr. Elkins became one of the few Fellowship trained refractive surgeons in the country. Dr. Elkins was the first ophthalmologist to perform LASIK in the San Fernando Valley. He has performed about 8,000 LASIK procedures. Of these, over 2,000 have been performed with Intralase.
In 2000, Dr. Elkins was awarded the VISX Star Surgeon award, given to the top 5% of LASIK surgeons in the United States. Dr. Elkins has also been awarded the “Outstanding Ophthalmologist in the Valley” by the Daily News. Dr. Elkins has won the “Top Doctors in Los Angeles” award for 2008 and 2009. He is also one of the premier cataract surgeons in the United States, frequently speaking on modern surgical techniques and new lens implants.
Dr. Elkins graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from UCLA, and he graduated with honors from UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed his internship at UCLA and took his residency in ophthalmology at the famed Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. From there, he completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Utah. He has been a physician instructor for numerous LASIK courses. Today, Dr. Elkins frequently lectures to other physicians on the fine points of LASIK and advanced cataract surgery. Furthermore, he has authored numerous articles on advanced cataract surgery, corneal transplantation and laser refractive surgery. Dr. Elkins was the Medical Director of TLC-Encino from 2003 to 2007.