Pravin U. Dugel, MD

Serving Arizona Since 1994

Education and Affiliations

Pravin U. Dugel, MD graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in the City of 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 joined Retinal Consultants of Arizona in July 1994 and is currently Managing Partner, Retinal Consultants of Arizona; Retinal Research Institute; Clinical Professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Founding Member, Spectra Eye Institute, Sun City; Physician Executive Director, Banner Eye Institute, Banner University Medical Center, University of Arizona.

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 100 multicenter clinical trials. His research and educational contributions earned him the prestigious Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He has been elected Subspecialty Day Board Chairman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, to the Board of Directors of the largest retina society in the USA, American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), and to the largest retina society in Europe, EuRetina. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of numerous companies, including Aerpio, Alcon, Digisight, Genentech, Novartis, Ophthotech, Roche, and Truevision.

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 Americans. He has co-founded a scholarship and mentorship program – Project SENA – with his two daughters, creating educational opportunities for Native American youth and adults.

Internationally, Dr. Dugel is Chairman of the ORBIS (“Flying Eye Hospital”) International Medical Advisory Board. With ORBIS, he travels to developing countries to teach surgical techniques to local ophthalmologists and provide free surgery for those suffering from preventable blindness.

Professional Awards & Honors

Dr. Dugel has received numerous awards and honors 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, the Sally Letson Award, and has delivered the Alex E. Krill MD Lecture. Dr. Dugel has been named “one of the best 35 ophthalmologists in the USA” by the Becker Institute.

Family Life

Dr. Dugel enjoys spending time with his wife, Larraine N. Ho MD, and two daughters. His daughters, Tara and Brenna, are nationally ranked Squash players. He and his wife take great pride in teaching their daughters the value of humanitarianism and global citizenship. The entire Dugel family often travels together in blindness prevention outreach programs in developing countries.