"What drew me to ophthalmology? It all began when I witnessed my first cataract surgery during medical school. I was fascinated by this elegant and skillful surgery, but what really resonated with me was the meaningful impact it had on a patient’s quality of life. It is a special honor to be able to improve a patient’s vision. "
Dr. Karina Somohano is a highly skilled fellowship-trained cornea, cataract and refractive surgeon who is committed to providing the highest level of patient care. She earned her Doctorate in Medicine from the prestigious Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York City during which she received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions for her leadership in the student-run primary care clinic and the Young Doctors Program. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Health Sector Management and Policy. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society.
Dr. Somohano completed her Ophthalmology Residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell in New York City followed by a Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. During her residency, Dr. Somohano’s commitment to excellence and her contributions to clinical research were acknowledged with the Resident Research Day Award.
Throughout her medical career, Dr. Somohano has been actively engaged in cutting-edge research, contributing to the advancement of ophthalmology. Her work has been published in esteemed journals such as International Ophthalmology Clinics, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and the Journal of Glaucoma, among others. Dr. Somohano’s research has explored topics ranging from corneal collagen crosslinking protocols to the impact of glaucoma therapy on the ocular surface microbiome.
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. Somohano is fluent in Spanish. A South Florida native, she is eager to return to her hometown and provide outstanding ophthalmic care to her community.
Florida Vision Optique: Monterey Medical Center
Tradition: Healthpark One