The Honorable William De La Peña, M.D., Dr. (h.c.) is a professor of ophthalmology, founder and medical director of the De La Peña Eye Clinic’s throughout Southern California, and currently serves as Regent of the University of California and Governor of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. After graduating first in his class at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of California-Irvine, followed by two one-year fellowships in cornea at Louisiana State University and the University of London.
Dr. De La Peña is founder and president of the Fundacion Oftalmologica De La Peña, and the founder and Chairman of the Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ALACCSA-R), non-profit organizations dedicated to the education of ophthalmology throughout the world. He was also a founder and Chair of the World Federation of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has lectured extensively throughout the world for the last 30 years.
Dr. De La Peña was appointed by Pres. George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Regent to the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, where he was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal. He served as a Special Delegate to the United Nations. Dr. De La Peña was appointed in 2006 by Governor Schwarzenegger to a 12-year term as a Regent for the University of California.
Among his many awards and achievements are the Doctor Honoris Causa degree granted by his Alma Mater, the Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the SECOIR Medal of Honor, and multiple honorary memberships in ophthalmology societies in many countries.
Other interests and business activities include the media and soccer. He served as Chairman of the Professional Division of the U.S. Soccer Federation, and owned two professional soccer teams. He owned and served as CEO for two television networks in the U.S.