Sally S. Ong, MD is a board certified vitreoretinal surgeon and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. She specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal detachments, macular hole, macular pucker/epiretinal membrane and other vitreoretinal conditions. She is originally from Malaysia and first came to the USA to attend college. She graduated with distinction from Duke University and received her medical degree from Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School. She then completed ophthalmology residency at the Duke University Eye Center where she received the Resident Excellence Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She received additional research training on advanced retinal imaging at Duke University as the Loris and David Rich Scholar (granted by the International Retinal Research Foundation) under the preceptorship of Cynthia A. Toth, MD. Dr. Ong has also completed subspecialty training in vitreoretinal surgery at the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ong’s research interests include utilizing advanced retinal imaging to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of retinal conditions, and studying optimal surgical approaches to treat retinal detachments. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and is the Associate Editor of the Handbook of Pediatric Retinal OCT and the Eye-Brain Connection. In 2019 and 2020, she won the prestigious 18th Raymond R. Margherio Award at the Retina Society 52nd Annual Meeting in London, UK and the Evangelos S. Gragoudas Award at the Macula Society 43rd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA for her scientific findings on retinal microvascular differences in children with sickle cell disease. Dr. Ong is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.