Dr. Kristin Hirabayashi is an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) who specializes in cornea, cataract, and refractive laser eye surgery, such as LASIK and PRK. As a fellowship-trained cornea surgeon, she specializes in the diagnosis and management of cornea and ocular surface diseases, including corneal dystrophies, keratoconus, pterygia, and dry eye. She performs cataract surgery (with standard and advanced technology intraocular lenses), refractive laser eye surgery (LASIK and PRK), corneal transplants, pterygium surgery, and crosslinking for keratoconus.

Dr. Hirabayashi has personal ties to Hawaii as both her father and her husband grew up in Hawaii. In her free time, she loves to play volleyball, hike, go to the beach, travel, and spend time with her husband and daughter. She is thrilled to be back in Honolulu and is grateful for the opportunity to provide care for such a wonderful community.

Education & Training

  • Stanford University – Fellowship (corneal & external disease & refractive surgery)
  • UCSF – Residency in Ophthalmology
  • University of Hawaii – Internship
  • UC Irvine – M.D. (Distinction in Research)
  • Stanford University – B.A. Human Biology

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Castle Connolly Rising Stars
  • 2019 – Best paper of session at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • 2018 – Langer Award for highest cumulative OKAP score in residency over 3 years
  • 2013 – Junior Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • 2012 – Pathology Chairs Honor Society Member
  • 2010 – Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence at Stanford

Board Certification

  • American Board of Ophthalmology – Board certified

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology – 2015 to Present
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery – 2015 to Present
  • Cornea Society – 2019 to Present
  • Study Club for Ophthalmic Research in Hawaii (SCORH) – 2020 to Present