— Dr. Alisa Thavikulwat
I decided to become an ophthalmologist after seeing the impact that cataract surgery could have on patients' lives in restoring their vision. During medical school, I spent a summer with a mobile cataract eye surgery clinic in Thailand that went into rural underserved areas to perform surgery. I saw blind patients led to the clinic by their family members walk out the next day after cataract surgery able to see again.
Many patients regain their independence after cataract surgery, and it is powerful to know that I can make such an impact on my patients' lives. Ophthalmology is much more than surgery, and it is the variety that keeps me working in this field today.
I enjoy the continuity of care getting to know my patients long term and managing a variety of diseases from acute illnesses to chronic diseases.
There is active ongoing research in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, which led me to pursue training and research in medical retina at the National Institutes of Health. Recent advances in treating common diseases like age-related macular degeneration have revolutionized the field of retina and I am excited to participate in the future of ophthalmology.
I joined Vision MD because I wanted to be a part of a small group where I could make a difference in pursue my diverse interests. Here I have the time to spend with patients and their families to review results and discuss their diagnosis and plans. I also have the flexibility to balance my interest in retina research at the NIH with my commitment to comprehensive patient care.
I look forward to growing with Vision MD meeting new patients and providing compassionate care for patients over many years.