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Sai Chavala, M.D.

Sai Chavala, M.D., is a fellowship-trained retina specialist and serves as the Director of Retina Services. As a board-certified retina surgeon, Dr. Chavala is passionate about combining his retinal experience with the latest technology and innovative treatment options to help patients with retinal disease and vision loss. Dr. Chavala specializes in retina and vitreous surgery, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.

Dr. Sai Chavala graduated from the University of Missouri in an accelerated program with his bachelor’s and medical degrees. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Cole Eye Institute Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a research fellowship in stem cells and regenerative medicine at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Chavala then completed a fellowship in surgical retina at Duke University. He later served as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, where he taught the latest techniques in retinal surgery to ophthalmologists in training.

Dr. Chavala currently serves as a tenured, full Professor at the North Texas Eye Research Institute at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. There he leads a NIH funded research laboratory focused on stem cell approaches to repair and regenerate the retina. He has led or participated in more than 75 scholarly presentations, research publications and patents, and is heavily dedicated to several philanthropic activities. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Texas Medical Association, American Society of Retina Specialists, Tarrant County Medical Association, Retinal Society, and Macula Society, among others.