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Education and Training

Dr. David Richardson has earned many top academic honors and awards

Harvard-Trained Ophthalmologist in California

Graduate of Harvard Medical School, U.S.C. Magna Cum Laude, with residency and fellowship from top institutions – your vision is in good hands! 

Medical Degree   

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School Linnane Scholar

Given to outstanding students who have exhibited the highest potential for leadership and success. 

Harvard Medical School National Scholar

Given to students with exemplary academic excellence, leadership qualities, and outstanding contributions to the University and/or community

Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship

Dr. Richardson also received the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship which made it possible for him to attend Harvard Medical School.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship

Dr. Richardson also received the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is given to select students with the highest potential for leadership and success.


Top 1 Medical School in the World

Source: QS World University Rankings 2017


Top 1 Best Medical School

Source: U.S. News & World Report LP. Rankings 2019

Harvard Medical School

My Harvard education was a direct benefit of my parents, who understood the value of a great education. Somehow they knew I would commit to educating my patients just as they did for me.

David Richardson, MD

Bachelors Degree
Major in Biology, Minor in Chemistry 

University of Southern California

Magna Cum Laude

University Honor. To be eligible for this undergraduate honor at graduation, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.7 is required

Order of the Palm

The highest award given to graduating seniors who have shown have distinguished themselves from their peers in the fields of leadership, academic excellence, and service both on and off campus. Less than 1% of graduating undergraduate students receive this award.

Milo Don Appleman Jr., M.D. Memorial Award

This award is given to the most outstanding graduating senior pursuing a career in the clinical health sciences, as determined by the faculty and lab directors in the department of biological sciences.

J. Wesley Robb Endowed Scholarship in Human Value

Established in 1987, the J. Wesley Robb Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students of the junior class in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Students are chosen for their demonstration of significant moral leadership in the campus community, evidence of a commitment to human values and a deep concern for others.

Skull and Dagger Senior Honor Society

The Skull and Dagger Society is the all-university honor society at the University of Southern California. The Society is primarily for graduating seniors consisting of leaders, scholars, and student-athletes. Many great USC alumni have been members of the Skull and Dagger Society.

Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society

Mortar Board is the foremost national honor society for university seniors recognized for their superior leadership and dedicated service to the university.

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest honor societies and is USC’s oldest honor society. Membership to this prestigious honor society is by invitation only. In fact, only the top ten percent of seniors and graduate students (as well as the top 7.5 percent of juniors) are invited to become members. Membership is also extended to faculty, staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Phi Kappa Phi is an esteemed honor society for the best of the best. 

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest scholastic honor society, established in 1776 to honor scholarly excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

University of Southern California

Medical Residency Training 

After graduating with top honors from the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Richardson received the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship to attend Harvard Medical School. Dr. Richardson received the prestigious Howard Hughes National Fellowship while a student at Harvard Medical School. As a fellow, he spent a year at the National Institute of Health researching visual cognition. Dr. Richardson then completed an internal medicine internship at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, which was followed by ophthalmology training at LAC +USC/Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles – one of the top ophthalmology residencies in the country.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (NIH)

Research Fellowship

Huntington Memorial Hospital

Preliminary Internal Medicine Residency 

LAC+USC Medical Center/ Doheny Institute

Ophthalmology Residency

Dr. Richardson not only attended top medical institutions however, he also consistently received awards not only from his patients, but from his peers as well…

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With Dr. David Richardson, you are not only getting a highly skilled eye surgeon,
but a trusted physician as well.

Memberships and Affiliations