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Pamela J. Bekendam, M.D.

“It has been one the greatest joys of my life to help people maintain the health of their eyes and to teach others the practice of ophthalmology. I enjoy restoring sight, maintaining sight and educating people in the care of their eyes. I love sharing my appreciation for the miracle of vision with others. It is an honor and privilege when people trust you to provide care for their eyes and I am grateful for this opportunity.”


Pamela Bekendam is a board-certified general ophthalmologist who has spent nearly two decades working to manage and treat patients with common eye conditions as well as complex eye diseases. In her role at Pacific Eye Institute, she has successfully performed thousands of cataract surgeries and has dedicated her time to provide surgical eye care for disadvantaged individuals as a volunteer with Good Samaritan Hospital, La Romana, Dominican Republic and Tanzania.

Dr. Bekendam is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University medical center in Loma Linda, California – the same institution where she earned her medical degree in 1994.

Education & Training

Associate in Science, R.N., Chaffey College, Alta Loma, California
1971 – 1973

Bachelor of Science, California State University, Fullerton, California
1985 – 1990

Medical Degree Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
1990 – 1994

Internship in Internal Medicine, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, California
1994 – 1995

Residency in Ophthalmology, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
1995 – 1998

Professional Affiliations

Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

National Association of VA Physicians and Dentists

Christian Ophthalmology Society

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


Dr. Bekendam has numerous scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Awards & Achievements

Since 1998, Dr. Beckendam has served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University medical center in Loma Linda, California. She leads the Cataract Surgical Technique Lectures, Ophthalmology Resident Lecture Series.

Volunteered annually with Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic, to provides surgical eye care to disadvantaged individuals.

Has held numerous leadership positions with the Tri-County Eye Society including:

  • President (2002)
  • Vice President (2001)
  • Secretary / Treasurer (2001)

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