About Kenneth W. Wright, MD

Downs-synd-20-yrsAs a caring physician and pediatric eye surgeon, Dr. Wright has been devoted to the welfare of children for well over 20 years. He has established a foundation for pediatric ophthalmology and an eye clinic for underprivileged children, authored over 100 scientific articles, and most of the textbooks in his field. His publication in the Journal Pediatrics 2003 has changed the way we treat premature infants and saved countless babies from blindness worldwide. In 2015 he was invited lecturer guest of honor at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Wright is not a career politician and has had real-life leadership experiences both in the public and private sectors. He worked in leadership roles for large entities including Los Angeles County Hospital, USC School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic. Presently he owns and runs a successful small business and has the responsibility of having employees and meeting payroll.

Important in today’s world, Dr. Wright has extensive international experience having participated in numerous medical meetings, seminars, and surgical missions worldwide. His working experience includes the Middle East, Asia, India, Australia, England, Europe, Latin America and Africa. For over 15 years he has worked in the Middle East on training physicians and educational activities. Recently, Dr. Wright was awarded a service medal of honor from the office of the President of Panama for over 20 years of service to Panamanian children.

Now Dr. Wright is running for Congress the 33rd district. He is determined to roll up his sleeves and attack issues like our struggling economy, need for inner-city revitalization, Veterans health, immigration reform, and the challenge of keeping America safe. Dr. Wright believes it is time to pull together and do what’s right for America.

Personal Note:

Dr. Wright is from the South Bay and graduated from South Torrance High school. He has an inherent passion for where he grew up and still regularly surfs at Torrance Beach. He loves the ocean and knows the importance of a clean environment. Dr. Wright helped raise 5 children in the Palos Verdes and Torrance area. As fate would have it, his youngest developed crossed eyes in infancy. Rather than refer out, Dr. Wright performed “early surgery” on his own son with great results – his son later qualified as an expert marksman in the United States Marines.

Our current leaders have been giving us ‘Band-Aid’ solutions to important and serious problems. It’s time we started solving problems rather than handing them down to the next generation.Dr. Wright
Dr. Wright surfing at Torrance Beach

Dr. Wright surfing at Torrance Beach


High School
College California
Medical School
Internship
Residency

Fellowship

Board

South Torrance High School, Torrance California
California Lutheran College, Thousand Oaks, California, BA
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, MD
UCLA Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, California
Department of Ophthalmology, Estelle Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Strabismus and Ocular Motility: David L. Guyton, M.D., The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Pediatric Ophthalmology: Marshall M. Parks, M.D. and David Friendly, M.D. Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Certified Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology

Present appointments:

  • Medical Director of the Wright Foundation for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Staff Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Staff Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Alumni Association Career Achievement Award, California Lutheran College, 1982
  • Faculty Teaching Award for Residents Training in Ophthalmology, LAC USC Medical Center, 1985
  • Ophthalmology Faculty Teaching Award, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, 1985
  • Faculty Teaching Award for Residents Training in Ophthalmology, LAC USC Medical Center, 1988
  • Faculty Teaching Award for Residents Training in Ophthalmology, LAC USC Medical Center, 1989
  • Faculty Teaching Award in Ophthalmology, White Memorial Hospital, 1990
  • Honor Award, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, 17th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 1991
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 1991
  • Alumni Association Certificate of Excellence, Career Achievement, Cal. Lutheran College, 1991
  • The Best Doctors in America, Pediatric Ophthalmology, National, Woodward and White, 1994-1995
  • Special Guest Speaker, New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology, 1995
  • Staff of the Year Teaching Award, Division of Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation,1996
  • Outstanding Teacher and Mentor, Awarded by Cleveland Clinic Foundation ophthalmology residents, June 20, 1997
  • Best Doctors in America, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Western Division, Woodward and White, 1996-1997, 1999
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis Who’s Who, 1997-1998
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award – 2000
  • Accepted to American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) – 2000
  • Annual faculty teaching award, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics – 2000
  • Special Guest Speaker, New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology, 2003
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Recognition as a 2004 Top Doctor – 2004
  • A Guide for Vision Testing In California Public Schools. Contributor, 2005
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Recognition as a 2005-2006 Top Doctor – 2005-2006
  • Keynote Speaker World Congress Pediatric Ophthalmology Barcelona Spain 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni, Doheny Eye Institute – 2006
  • Presidential medal from Panama for community service in pediatric ophthalmology – 2012
  • Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital Guest of Honor 2015

Dr. Wright has authored more than 100 scientific research papers and 7 textbooks on ophthalmology and eye surgery including the renowned thousand-page text; Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, by Oxford University Press, the award-winning Atlas of Strabismus Surgery, by Springer Publishing, and the top selling book Pediatric Ophthalmology for Primary Care, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. His publication in Pediatrics 2003 on preventing ROP with physiologic low oxygen has changed the way we treat premature infants and saved countless babies from blindness worldwide.

Dr. Wright is a national and international speaker giving over 100 invited lectures worldwide including; Hong Kong commission trainer, Oxford University named lecture, lecturer at the Hospital for sick Children London Millennium symposium, Queen’s University Kingston Canada visiting professor, World Congress of Pediatric Ophthalmology keynote Speaker Barcelona Spain, inaugural keynote speaker Belgrade Serbia, and this year Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital Guest of Honor and the Robb – Petersen Lecturer at the Strabismus Fall Festival.