Our Team of Eye Doctors
Dr. Joseph Rispoli
He was born and raised in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. During his four years working towards a degree in Natural Sciences, Dr. Rispoli acted as Vice President for his class and was a member of the Men’s Division II Soccer Team. Following his parents as a legacy student, he attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he developed his skills to become an attentive, compassionate and detail oriented medical professional earning high honors in the clinic. On his rotations, he focused his studies on low vision and ocular disease while working at the Feinbloom Low Vision Center in Philadelphia, the West Haven Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Connecticut, and the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
To further his education, Dr. Rispoli completed a residency in ocular disease and surgical co-management in Baltimore, MD at OMNI Eye Specialists. He studied under surgical ophthalmologists specializing in cataract, oculoplastic, and retinal surgery. Through this residency, Dr Rispoli gained the knowledge to properly and effectively care for patients with glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and anterior segment disease.
In Dr. Rispoli’s free time, he enjoys cooking, biking, running, and exploring the city.
Dr. Alisa Thavikulwat is a Board-Certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist.
She was born and raised in Towson, MD and studied at the University of Rochester, where she completed a combined BA/MD program as a Rochester Early Medical Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During medical school, she participated in the global healthy pathway and received an international research fellowship to study outcomes of cataract surgery at a mobile eye clinic in Thailand, where she discovered her interest in ophthalmology. She was then selected to participate in the Medical Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health, allowing her to spend a year at the National Eye Institute conducting research in age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Thavikulwat went on to complete her residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received the Normal Blair Resident Research Award, followed by medical retina fellowship back at the National Eye Institute.
Dr. Thavikulwat is a published author in the field of ophthalmology and has been published in prestigious journals, such as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and JAMA Ophthalmology. She has presented her research at many conferences and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In her spare time, Dr. Thavikulwat enjoys playing competitive badminton, cooking Thai food, and traveling.
Awards & Honors
- Normal Blair Resident Research Award
- National Eye Institute Travel Grant
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program
Dr. Nagori is a published author in the field of Ophthalmology and comes to Maryland after several years with the NYU Department of Ophthalmology where she taught residents surgery and was well known for her work in telemedicine. She has been an invited speaker for several national organizations including the American Society of Cornea and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and Women in Ophthalmology. She also founded the group Physician Women Rally for encouraging entrepreneurship, innovation, and networking amongst female physicians. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Dr. Nagori graduated as Valedictorian of her high school class. She then went on to Villanova University, where she was a Presidential Scholar and the recipient of a merit-based academic scholarship. Following this, she went to Drexel University College of Medicine, where she received a scholarship from the Arnold P Gold Foundation to conduct an educational program on diabetic eye disease education. Dr. Nagori went on to complete her residency in New York at St. Luke’s - Roosevelt Hospital Center and then spent a year in specialty surgical training at Kresge Eye Insitute in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery.
She has over ten years of experience as an eye doctor. She was also invited to serve on the Board for the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons for the 2020 term. Dr. Nagori also has a wide range of expertise in telemedicine and advanced technologies for making patient care more accessible. She has been invited all over the country to give lectures and talks on a variety of topics at both academic centers as well as national conferences.
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