Pravin Dugel, MD
Serving Arizona Since 1994
Education and Affiliations
Dr. Dugel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York and attended UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine. Thereafter, he completed his medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and his surgical retina fellowship at the USC Eye Institute, where he was elected to serve on the faculty as the Resident Director. Dr. Dugel is Subspecialty Day Board Chairman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is elected to the ASRS (American Society of Retina Specialists) Retina Society and Macula Society. Dr. Dugel joined Retinal Consultants of Arizona in July 1994.
Clinical Research Study & Authorships
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 medical 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).
Commitment to Eye Care Locally, Nationally and Globally
Dr. Dugel is involved in numerous, prestigious organizations in Arizona, the United States and around the world.
In Arizona, he has served as President of the Phoenix Ophthalmology Society and is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Ophthalmology Society. Since 1994, Dr. Dugel has been a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency, providing eye care services to Native American peoples.
Today, he frequently visits Arizona’s tribal communities offering retina care, training local eye care professionals and bringing local education opportunities to debilitating diseases such as Diabetic Eye Disease and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. He also co-founded a scholarship & mentorship program – Project SENA – with his two daughters, creating educational opportunities for Native American youth and adults.
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 volunteer faculty member and Chairman of the ORBIS (“Flying Eye Hospital”) International Medical Advisory Board. With ORBIS, Dr. Dugel travels to developing countries to work with the local ophthalmic communities in sharing best practices, surgical tips and technology and providing free surgery for those suffering from preventable blindness.
Dr. Dugel also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society 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.
Most recently, Dr. Dugel was named to the Board of Directors of A New Vision – an international nonprofit dedicated to addressing global blindness.
Professional Awards & Honors
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, AAO Honor Award, the AAO Secretariat Award and the Sally Letson 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 Professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Dugel enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and is quite the squash player – a talent passed onto his daughters, Tara and Brenna, both of whom are nationally ranked Juniors Squash players. He and his wife take great pride in teaching their daughters the value of humanitarianism, giving back and being global citizens and they often accompany him during blindness prevention outreach programs in developing countries.