Dr. Elysse Tom was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated as a valedictorian from Iolani School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and with Cum Laude honors. She received her medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. During medical school she received awards including the John A. Burns Foundation Merit Scholarship, the Hawaii Lions Foundation Ophthalmology Award, the E.E. Black Community Service Scholarship, and the Medical Education Certificate of Distinction.
Dr. Tom completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington and then finished her fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at The Retina Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. She specializes in the latest techniques for the medical and surgical management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular holes, retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, and retinal vascular disease. Dr. Tom has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented research at national meetings. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.
Dr. Tom and her husband enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, hiking, and spending time in nature.