Emma McDonnell, M.D.

Emma McDonnell, M.D., is a board certified Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. She specializes in adult and pediatric reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgery (i.e. Blepharoplasty), brow and forehead lifts, facial, and orbital surgery. Dr. McDonnell is trained to diagnose and manage diseases of the eye socket and the lacrimal drainage system, orbital and skin cancer, thyroid eye disease, and in the treatment of facial trauma and eyelid injuries. Dr. McDonnell attended the University of Southern California where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Health and Humanity. After that, she attended Medical School at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. After graduating medically school, she completed her intern year at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. McDonnell completed her residency in Ophthalmology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Neuro-Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins Hospital. She has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and has spoken at conferences. She also was voted 2nd best research paper by a Resident in University of Southwestern.

Following her extensive training, Dr. McDonnell became board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, and Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Emma McDonnell is originally from Southern California and she is very excited to be back to serve the community. During her free time she enjoys running, paddleboarding, and reading. Dr. McDonnell is proficient in Spanish and fluent in English.

At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.

Medical School
  • John Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Ophthalmology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins Hospital
Professional Affiliations & Organizations
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  • Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
Awards & Recognitions
  • San Diego County Medical Society Top Doctor 2023
  • Multiple Publications
  • Voted 2nd Best Research Paper by University of Southwestern


"Dr. McDonnell and her team are so professional and caring. They went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable during and after the procedure."

Jaimie B.
Fitness Trainer

"I'm very satisfied with my experience with Dr. McDonnell. She makes you feel like familiy and she explains every single detail before operation."

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School Counselor

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