Neal V. Palejwala, MD

Serving Arizona Since 2015


Education & Experience

Dr. Palejwala is a Phoenix native completing his high school education at Brophy College Preparatory. He then went on to complete his undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University where he was part of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then entered medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national medical honor society and graduated summa cum laude. At Jefferson, he developed a passion for ophthalmology conducting multiple clinical research projects at Wills Eye Institute.

He returned back to the valley for his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and then went on to pursue a residency in ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After the completion of his residency, he chose to further subspecialize in vitreoretinal surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. During his training, Dr. Palejwala has performed thousands of ophthalmic procedures, authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented his work at local and national scientific meetings. He has a particular interest in novel intravitreal drug delivery systems. Dr. Palejwala joined Retinal Consultants of Arizona in 2015.

Special Interest & Affiliations

Dr. Palejwala provides care for patients with a wide variety of vitreoretinal disorders including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachment, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, secondary intraocular lens placement, uveitis, and retinal degenerations/dystrophies. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Family Life

Dr. Palejwala and his wife are extremely excited to be back in Arizona after being away for several years. They enjoy spending time with their families who still live in the valley, keeping up with their dog, Apollo (which is not an easy task), and exploring the Arizona landscape. In his free time, Dr. Palejwala enjoys distance running (he has completed multiple marathons and half-marathons), hiking, photography, cooking, and snowboarding.