Dr. Vakharia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science and graduated with highest distinction. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she received an Honorable Mention for the Carroll R. Mullen Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology, became a member of both the George McClellan Surgical Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, in the top 1% of her class. Dr. Vakharia’s post-doctoral training consisted of an internship in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and a residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. After her residency, Dr. Vakharia completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Tufts New England Eye Center/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.
Dr. Vakharia’s post-doctoral training consisted of an internship in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and a residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, consistently voted as the top residency program in the nation. There her passion for improving retinal health through research led to two Wills Eye Innovation Grants, the James Shipman Award for Excellence in Research, and the position as Co-Chief Resident. After her residency, Dr. Vakharia completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the renowned Tufts New England Eye Center/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. She worked in Maryland at the Retina Group of Washington prior to relocating to the Tampa Bay area. While practicing there, she was voted as a “Baltimore Top Doc”, one of the highest accolades in the area, and subsequently voted as a Top Doc in the Tampa Bay area in 2022. She was also selected by Ophthalmology Management as one of the “Top 40 under 40” Ophthalmologists in the entire nation.
Dr. Vakharia is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and Vit Buckle Society. She has over 40 published articles to her credit in renowned journals such as Ophthalmology, Retina, and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. She has over 10 book chapters and is a reviewer for multiple medical journals. She is an often-invited speaker at major national meetings and presents annually at meetings around the country. Dr. Vakharia has served as sub-investigator on numerous clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of therapies for eye disease and has participated in charitable mission trips to South America, Central America and Africa.
Dr. Vakharia has clinics in the Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg locations.
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