Farzin M. Avaz, MD
I speak: English, Farsi
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Hi, my name is Farzin. I'm happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my work as a physician and as a physician administrator at Kaiser Permanente’s Panorama City Medical Center. I am a vitreoretinal specialist and joined Kaiser Permanente in 2001. I transitioned to department chief in 2007. I feel fortunate to be able to work at Kaiser Permanente as a clinician and as an administrator.
My father is a physician, and as far as I can remember growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor. I came to United States from Iran in 1984 and completed my undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. I went on to medical school at New York Medical College and did my ophthalmology residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. After completing a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Tulane University Medical Center, I joined the Kaiser Permanente family in 2001.
About my practice
I mainly take care of members with retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment/disease. When members come to me, they are fearful of never regaining their vision, and for me to be able to use my expertise to restore their sight is a honor and a privilege. It is humbling to be able to offer a person the gift of sight. I am always in awe of members’ strength, courage, and determination.
How I thrive
My kids force me to live well. They are active teenagers and keep me busy. Traveling is my passion, and every year I make it a point to visit a new place with my family on my birthday. Gardening is my hobby, and I love working in my garden. I like hiking on weekends and spending time with my family.