Ala Moshiri, M.D., Ph.D.

Ala Moshiri, M.D., Ph.D.



Retina Surgery


  • Associate Professor


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4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Fax: 916-734-6197
Clinic Referral Phone: 916-734-6074
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Philosophy of Care

The practice of medicine has been moving toward an era of advanced diagnostic testing, cutting edge therapies, and comprehensive electronic record keeping. While this evolution in medicine has improved patient outcomes, the medical system has also resulted in extended clinic wait times and rising healthcare costs. Patient care can at times fall by the wayside. Like all physicians, Dr. Moshiri counteracts these external forces in order to elevate the patient's best interest as the top priority when guiding treatment decisions. Like so many of his teachers, colleagues, and mentees, he believes each patient visit, however lengthy or brief, is an opportunity to convey respect, humility, and humanity. True to the Hippocratic oath, he holds the fundamental equality of human life as a sacred principle. He recognizes the historical injustices endured by Native, Asian, Latin, and African American people, among others, in California and the United States in general. In Dr. Moshiri's clinical practice, and in his personal life, all lives matter and equally so. To the extent that he is capable, special cultural sensitivities are afforded to people who are underserved, disadvantaged, or vulnerable.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Moshiri is a retina specialist treating all forms of medical and surgical diseases of the retina. The scope of his practice includes eye injections for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, and several other rare retinal maladies. His surgical expertise includes treatment of routine and complex retinal detachment, macular hole, macular pucker, and other advanced techniques. Dr. Moshiri has a special interest and focus in the diagnosis and management of inherited retinal diseases. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Moshiri spends a substantial amount of his professional time in his basic science laboratory where his team seeks to advance novel treatments to the clinic for his patients. The majority of his research work centers on retinal cell replacement through transplantation of photoreceptors to the retina and gene therapy approaches for photoreceptor diseases. He also studies retinal embryology and genetics to understand the molecular underpinnings of macular development, survival, and function. 



Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center


M.D., University of Washington, Seattle WA 2006

Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle WA 2006

B.S., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1997

Internship: Transitional Internship, University of Texas Medical School, Houston TX 2006-2007


Ophthalmology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 2007-2010


Retina & Vitreous Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 2010-2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Board of Ophthalmology

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Retina Society

Honors and Awards

The Mary Hutcheson Retina Fellow, 2010, 2011, 2012

he Arnall J. Patz Research Grant Award, 2011

The Ray Sjaarda Research Grant Award, 2009

The Susan Bressler Research Grant Award, 2007

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholar. 2002, 2003, 2004

Select Recent Publications

Kwon YS, Tham A, Lopez AJ, Edwards S, Woods S, Chen J, Wong-Fortunato J, Quiroz Alonso A, Javier S, Au I, Clarke M, Humpal D, Lloyd KCK, Thomasy S, Murphy C, Glaser TM, Moshiri A. Cytoglobin deficiency potentiates Crb1-mediated retinal degeneration in rd8 mice. Dev Biol. 2020 Feb 15;458(2):141-152.

Luu KY, Akhter MM, Durbin-Johnson BP, Moshiri A, Tran S, Morse LS, Park SS, Yiu G. Real-world management and long-term outcomes of diabetic macular oedema with good visual acuity. Eye (Lond). 2019 Oct 28. doi: 10.1038/s41433-019-0647-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31659287.

Moshiri A, Safi M, Morse LS, Tang VD, Yiu G, Park SS, Schwab I, Li J, Mannis MJ. Posterior Segment Complications and Impact on Long-Term Visual Outcomes in Eyes With a Type 1 Boston Keratoprosthesis. Cornea. 2019 Sep;38(9):1111-1116.

Moore BA, Flenniken AM, Clary D, Moshiri AS, Nutter LMJ, Berberovic Z, Owen C, Newbigging S, Adissu H, Eskandarian M, McKerlie C, Thomasy SM, Lloyd KCK, Murphy CJ, Moshiri A. Genome-wide screening of mouse knockouts reveals novel genes required for normal integumentary and oculocutaneous structure and function. Sci Rep. 2019 Aug 1;9(1):11211.

Luu KY, Koenigsaecker T, Yazdanyar A, Mukkamala L, Durbin-Johnson BP, Morse LS, Moshiri A, Park SS, Yiu G. Long-term natural history of idiopathic epiretinal membranes with good visual acuity. Eye (Lond). 2019 May;33(5):714-723.

Moore BA, Leonard BC, Sebbag L, Edwards SG, Cooper A, Imai DM, Straiton E, Santos L, Reilly C, Griffey SM, Bower L, Clary D, Mason J, Roux MJ, Meziane H, Herault Y, McKerlie C, Flenniken AM, Nutter LMJ, Berberovic Z, Owen C, Newbigging S, Adissu H, Eskandarian M, Hsu CW, Kalaga S, Udensi U, Asomugha C, Bohat R, Gallegos JJ, Seavitt JR, Heaney JD, Beaudet AL, Dickinson ME, Justice MJ, Philip V, Kumar V, Svenson KL, Braun RE, Wells S, Cater H, Stewart M, Clementson-Mobbs S, Joynson R, Gao X, Suzuki T, Wakana S, Smedley D, Seong JK, Tocchini-Valentini G, Moore M, Fletcher C, Karp N, Ramirez-Solis R, White JK, de Angelis MH, Wurst W, Thomasy SM, Flicek P, Parkinson H, Brown SDM, Meehan TF, Nishina PM, Murray SA, Krebs MP, Mallon AM, Kent Lloyd KC, Murphy CJ, Moshiri A. Erratum: Author Correction: Identification of genes required for eye development by high-throughput screening of mouse knockouts. Commun Biol. 2019;2:97. 

Kim S, Thomasy SM, Raghunathan VK, Teixeira LBC, Moshiri A, FitzGerald P, Murphy CJ. Ocular phenotypic consequences of a single copy deletion of the Yap1 gene (Yap1+/-) in mice. Mol Vis. 2019;25:129-142.

Moisseiev E, Loewenstein A, Moshiri A, Yiu G. The Management of Retinal Detachment: Techniques and Perspectives 2018. J Ophthalmol. 2019;2019:8185619.

Moshiri A, Chen R, Kim S, Harris RA, Li Y, Raveendran M, Davis S, Liang Q, Pomerantz O, Wang J, Garzel L, Cameron A, Yiu G, Stout JT, Huang Y, Murphy CJ, Roberts J, Gopalakrishna KN, Boyd K, Artemyev NO, Rogers J, Thomasy SM. A nonhuman primate model of inherited retinal disease. J Clin Invest. 2019 Feb 1;129(2):863-874.

Emami-Naeini P, Vuong VS, Tran S, Morse LS, Moshiri A, Park SS, Yiu G. Outcomes of Pneumatic Retinopexy performed by Vitreoretinal Fellows. Retina. 2019 Jan;39(1):186-192.

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