Dr Dugel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University and attended UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute, USC School of Medicine. Thereafter, he completed his medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and his surgical retina fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute, where then was elected to serve on the faculty as the Resident Director. Dr Dugel joined Retinal Consultants of Arizona in July, 1994.
Dr Dugel has authored more than 200 papers, 35 book chapters and has been invited to lecture at prestigious meetings, Visiting Professorships and Universities worldwide. He is on the Editorial Board of several major journals. Dr Dugel is internationally recognized as a major clinical researcher, having been a primary investigator in over 50 multicenter clinical trials. His research and educational contributions earned him the prestigious Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Dr Dugel is involved in numerous prestigious organizations. Locally, he has been President of the Phoenix Ophthalmology Society and is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Ophthalmology Society. Nationally, he is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Chairman of the ASRS Research and Therapeutics Committee and Chairman of the AAO Media Relations Committee. Internationally, he is on the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society and in the Organizing Committee of and has been honored by the Pan Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, European Vitreoretinal Society, Chinese Vitreoretinal Society, Indian Vitreoretinal Society, Korean Vitreoretinal Society and the World Ophthalmology Congress.
Dr Dugel has received numerous awards including amongst others, the Heed Foundation Fellowship Award, The Ronald G. Michels Surgical Fellowship Award, AAO Senior Honor Award, ASRS Honor Award, AAO Secretariat Award. Dr Dugel has been named “one of the best 35 ophthalmologists in the USA” by the Becker Institute.
Currently, Dr Dugel serves as Managing Partner of Retinal Consultants of Arizona and Founding Member of the Spectra Eye Institute. He is also Clinical Associate Professor, Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC).