Michael S. Ibarra, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born in Minnesota and moved to California with my family as a teenager. Following my medical education and training, I was in private practice in San Diego for over three years before I decided that the Kaiser Permanente health care model was what I was looking for as a physician. In 2009, I moved to Honolulu and have found Hawaii to be a great place to work and raise a family. I am married and have two active young sons.
About my practice
As a student at the University of California - Berkeley, I volunteered at an emergency room in Oakland, California. I was inspired by the team approach of the physicians, nurses, and clinical staff all working together to provide good health care to patients. Those volunteer experiences ultimately influenced my decision to pursue a career in medicine.In medical school at the University of California - San Francisco, I was drawn to the field of ophthalmology because I believe good vision is, for many people, an important part of their quality of life. I became a retinal specialist because the field offers a great balance between surgical and medical approaches that can prevent potentially blinding diseases. My practice is focused on retinal surgery and vitreoretinal diseases, including retinal detachments, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal vascular diseases.I like that Kaiser Permanente strives to provide quality medical care through cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. In addition, our electronic health records system truly allows for connectivity between providers and a team approach to helping patients. In ophthalmology, a physician often gets to know his or her patients on a long-term basis. For me, asking about my patients' families, hobbies, and interests helps to build the doctor-patient relationship. I approach every patient using the same compassion and care as if he or she were a member of my family.I have presented on retinal surgery and vitreoretinal diseases at conferences throughout the United States on topics such as retinopathy of prematurity and the treatment for subretinal neovascularization. I have authored articles for Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Clinics of North America, Retina, the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and elsewhere. In addition, I am a manuscript reviewer for the journal Retina and the American Journal of Ophthalmology.I am a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the American College of Surgeons.
How I thrive
My wife and I enjoy exploring Hawaii with our two young sons. I also enjoy running, surfing, learning to play the guitar, family movie nights with pizza, and coaching my sons in baseball and basketball.