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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Sonia H. Yoo, M.D.

General Information

Sonia H. Yoo, M.D.



  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Title

  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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Clinical Specialties

Cataracts and Intraocular Lens, Corneal and External Diseases, Corneal Transplant Surgery, LASIK and Laser Vision Correction

Clinical Areas

Cataracts and Intraocular Lens
Corneal Diseases
Cornea and Refractive Surgery
Laser Vision Correction

Research Interests

New technologies in refractive surgery and intraocular lenses
corneal endothelial and lamellar transplantation
femtosecond laser technology


Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Cleveland, OH

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Corneal and External Diseases Refractive Surgery Fellowship
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Practice Locations

  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Miami



Sonia H. Yoo, MD, is currently professor of ophthalmology with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering and associate medical director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Yoo received her BA at Stanford University in California and her MD at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She completed residency and fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School in 1998. 

Dr. Yoo’s areas of clinical practice are cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery. Her areas of research interest are in laser applications in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, and restoring accommodation. She holds several patents and has authored more than 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles as well as serving as the principal investigator in numerous drug and device trials.

 Dr. Yoo has a history of service to her field. Last year, Dr. Yoo served as the program chair of the Refractive Surgery subspecialty day program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and received the International Society of Refractive Surgery’s prestigious Founder’s Award for her accomplishments in cataract and refractive surgery. She serves on the AAO’s Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Refractive Management/Intervention Panel for refractive surgery, is a board member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and served on the board of directors for the Cornea Society. She is a reviewer for numerous ophthalmology journals and serves on the editorial board of the Cornea Society, the Journal of Refractive Surgery, and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Yoo served as the cornea fellowship director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from 2000–2013 and has trained numerous residents, clinical fellows, and international research fellows during her career.

Performing eye surgery for the past 20 years, Dr. Yoo continually strives to improve patient outcomes. She is currently working on the use of optical coherence tomography imaging to aid visualization during surgery. She is also using this technology to develop a novel imaging device for the early detection of keratoconus.