Kate Xie, M.D.


Kate Xie, M.D., joined SoCal Eye in 2022. Dr. Xie grew up in Orange County, where she graduated as valedictorian from Troy High School in Fullerton. She then graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Neurobiology and Mind, Brain, and Behavior. She earned her medical degree and completed her Ophthalmology residency at University of California, Irvine, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She then completed a rigorous fellowship in cornea, refractive and anterior segment surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Xie is passionate about achieving great outcomes in cataract and corneal surgery and staying at the forefront of technology. Dr. Xie is trained in refractive cataract surgery, complex cataract surgery, intraocular lens exchange, secondary intraocular lens implantation, LASIK, PRK, and corneal transplantation (DMEK, DSEK, and PKP). She additionally specializes in the medical management of ocular surface and corneal disease. She is highly invested in providing her patients with the best vision they can achieve.

Dr. Xie feels so privileged to return to Southern California to serve the community she grew up in. She is married to a pediatrician and spends her free time chasing after their toddler son. Her hobbies include DIY household projects, trying new foods, and photography.

Meet Dr Kate – In her Own Words:

Why did you become an ophthalmologist?
My childhood was filled with arts and crafts. From playing with legos to performing microsurgery during my undergraduate research to upcycling IKEA furniture, I was always the happiest and most focused when I was working with my hands. When I discovered that ophthalmologists operate under the microscope, I knew that it would be a field that would constantly challenge and inspire me.
What do you enjoy most about being an ophthalmologist?
Helping people to see better and feel better, of course!  But what is very special about this is that each person’s journey with their eyes is unique. Finding the right regimen for each patient and finding the right surgical path for each patient is different – it involves learning about each patient’s life and how they use their eyes. I love the personal aspect of this.
If there is one thing you want patients to know about you?
I am always working to become a better clinician, surgeon, and person. I have a passion for learning and pursue perfection.
Why should patients go to SoCal Eye?
SoCal Eye is a place where patients will be given attention and care from every single person they meet, from the moment they step in through the doors.

Ocular Conditions & Procedures:

  • LASIK and PRK surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Complex Cataract Surgery
  • Intraocular Lens Exchange
  • Corneal Transplantation (DMEK, DSEK, and PKP)

Education & Training:

2020 Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
2020 Fellowship – Cornea, Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX,
2016-2019 Ophthalmology Residency University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
2015-2016 Internship – Internal Medicine University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
2011-2015 Medical School – MD University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
2006-2010 Undergraduate Degree Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2010



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