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Elisa N. Morinelli, MD

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My specialty:
Ophthalmology: Glaucoma

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English, Spanish

My gender: Female

Where I practice

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About me

Welcome all to my Web page. Many of you are my patients already, but for those who are not, I am an ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma. I joined Kaiser Permanente over 18 years ago. I look forward to seeing my existing patients and all others who may need my help and care.

Biography

I am of Italian descent, born in Argentina. I came to the U.S. over 30 years ago. I graduated from the ophthalmology program at USC. My glaucoma subspecialty was done at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. Although I had many job opportunities in New York, my heart was set on returning to beautiful, sunny California to work. Once back, I decided to join Kaiser Permanente and have never looked back.

About my practice

As all of my patients know, I run a very busy practice. Many of my patients tell me, Doc, you should use roller skates. I would agree, if we didn’t have a good deal of carpet around here. At any rate, I believe in the old-fashioned practice of medicine: talking to my patients and listening to their problems (eye-related or not). I take great interest in the well-being of my patients. The idea is to help the individual as a whole, not just his or her eye problem. It is a good day the day that I feel I truly achieved that. On the administrative side of the practice, I used to be the assistant chief of the department, and I was in that role for several years. Since the beginning of the year, I took on the responsibility of being the chief of the department, and that keeps me even busier—but I continue to take care of all my patients.

How I thrive

I frequently tell my patients that they need to decide whether they want to be happy or not in life. A long time ago, I decided I wanted to be happy. I truly believe it is all about attitude. I have seen people with very little that lead happy lives and others that have much wasting their lives being miserable. I try to stay in good mental and emotional shape by reminding myself frequently of this philosophy. As for keeping in good physical condition, I like to exercise regularly and watch closely what I eat. I could not preach this to my patients if I was not doing it myself.

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My office

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My provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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Ophthalmology Department
9449 E Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242

Contact information

  • Advice/appointments/cancellations/messages
  • 1-833-574-2273 (1-833-KP4CARE) (toll free)
  • Appointments/information
  • 1-800-800-7990 (toll-free TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

Universidad De Buenos Aires-Facultad de Ciencias Medicas
Buenos Aires , Argentina

Board certification

Ophthalmology

American Board of Ophthalmology

Medical training

Internship

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Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center
Los Angeles , CA

Residency

Ophthalmology

Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center
Los Angeles , CA

Fellowship

Glaucoma

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
New York , NY

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1996

Active license information

License number

A50083

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1588723183
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My hospitals

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9400 E Rosecrans Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706

I have admitting privileges at this hospital.

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This page was last updated on:

03/31/2020