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Purnima S. Patel, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Section of Uveitis & Vasculitis

Purnima Patel, MD, joined the Ophthalmology Section of the VA Medical Center in 2010. She is a board certified in ophthalmology and specializes in medical retina and comprehensive ophthalmology.

Dr. Patel is skilled in the treatment of medical retinal disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal diseases, and uveitis as well as modern cataract surgery.

Dr. Patel has a special interest in teaching Emory University ophthalmology residents in the management of medical retinal disease and cataract surgery.

National Recognition/Memberships

She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Women in Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association.  In 2014, Dr. Patel was elected to participate in the Medical Association of Georgia Physician Leadership Academy.  She also organized a four-hour program for local ophthalmologist, "Strategies in Effective Communication," through the Georgia Society of Ophthalmologys to teach effective communication with peers and patients.

2014 Chair, Young Ophthalmologist Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2014 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Diabetic retinopathy

• Inherited retinal diseases

• Macular degeneration

• Cataract surgery

• Uveitis

Publications ( PubMed link )


Purnima S. Patel, MD

Medical School
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: 2001-2005

Transitional Year Residency
Emory University School of Medicine: 2005-2006

Residency in Ophthalmology
Emory Eye Center: 2006-2009 (Chief resident)

Fellowship in Medical Retina, Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California: 2009–2010

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

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