Sonal B. Dave, M.D.

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Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cornea & External
Disease, Laser Vision Correction

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Sonal B. Dave, MD“I am committed to ensuring that my patients have a great experience at every level when they come to Eye Health Northwest. That includes everything and everyone contributing to an overall atmosphere of positive, quality care.”

Sonal B. Dave, MD is a specialist in cornea and refractive surgery. She also practices comprehensive ophthalmology and sees patients with a wide range of eye conditions. Dr. Dave has a deep sense of compassion in her medical practice. Upon meeting her, patients immediately appreciate her warmth and positive energy. “I think what patients want and appreciate the most is that we give them our full attention and time. I focus on really listening to them and try to give the best possible care.”

Patients of Dr. Dave benefit from her kindness as well as her intelligence. She completed her residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She has been a noted participant in numerous research projects, including presentations at both national and international ophthalmology conferences. In addition, she serves on several national ophthalmology discussion panels and committees. She is also a published author in ophthalmology literature.

Part of what drew Dr. Dave to ophthalmology was the ability to help so many people and “transform lives in minutes.” For example, Dr. Dave has seen many of her cataract patients stumble into a room before surgery because they cannot see. Cataract surgery takes approximately fifteen minutes. Immediately afterwards, people walk out steadily with their vision intact. “When I can help someone in this way, it is the best reward possible.” Also, after LASIK surgery, patients often say, “Thank you so much. This has been a life-changing experience.”

Prior to coming to EHNW, Dr. Dave traveled to Nepal, India, Argentina and Samoa to learn and observe different techniques in other countries during her medically training. Now, she is excited to bring her medical expertise and skills to those in great need internationally. Cataract surgery lends itself very well to helping those in developing countries who would otherwise face a lifetime of blindness. Many of the EHNW have volunteered on international medical missions, and Dr. Dave looks forward to being part of a trip in the future.

What is most remarkable about Dr. Dave is her humility given her many talents and achievements. “My dad is from India, but I was completely raised as an Iowan.” This mix of small-town upbringing with ancestral roots abroad has helped form her humble roots and build a strong foundation that has enabled her curiosity, interests and heart to branch out internationally.

She also credits her travels and time living in Hawaii for shifting her focus from youthful ambition and competitiveness to a place of compassion and humility. She experienced the quieter pace of island life and saw people thrive amidst few material comforts. Afterwards, it became clear to her that, “What is most important in life is your interaction with people and helping them. Being a good person is what people notice and what matters in the end.”

Traveling continues to be her “absolute favorite thing to do.” Getting out there and seeing how other people live is amazing to me.” She has traveled to 35 countries, and the exposure to so many different cultures, values and experiences has made her much more tolerant and appreciative of people’s differences.

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DR. DAVE'S EDUCATION:

EYEHEALTH NORTHWEST • 1955 NW NORTHRUP • PORTLAND, OR 97209
PHONE: 503-227-2020
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
  • Eye Health Northwest (Portland, Oregon)
    General Ophthalmology with subspecialty emphasis in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery
    August 2008- Present
POSTGRADUATE TRAINING/ BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
    Board-Certified Diplomate
    October 2008- Present
  • John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
    Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship
    July 2007- June 2008
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami (Miami, Florida)
    Ophthalmology Residency
    July 2004- June 2007
  • Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital (Cooperstown, New York)
    Internal Medicine Internship
    July 2003- June 2004
EDUCATION
  • University of Iowa College of Medicine (Iowa City, Iowa)
    Doctorate of Medicine, August 1999- May 2003
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
    Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, August 1995- May 1999
    High Distinction with Honors; Phi Beta Kappa
RESEARCH EXPERIENCES
  • John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
    2007-08, Cornea and refractive surgery projects with Dr. Majid Moshirfar, MD, FACS and Dr. Mark Mifflin, MD
  • Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (Miami, Florida)
    2004-07, Cornea and refractive surgery projects with Dr. Sonia Yoo, MD and Dr. William Culbertson, MD
  • Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) 2002–03, Neuro-Ophthalmology projects with Dr. Randy Kardon, MD, PhD
  • Department of Exercise Science, University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
    Spring 1999, Laboratory of Dr. Don Sheriff, PhD
  • Pacific Biomedical Research Center/Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii)
    Summer 1998, Laboratory of Dr. Edward Ruby, PhD
  • The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine)
    Summer 1997, Laboratory of Dr. Derry Roopenian, PhD
  • Department of Biology, University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
    Spring 1997, Laboratory of Dr. John Menninger, PhD
  • Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
    1996-99, Laboratory of Dr. Steven Lentz, MD, PhD
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
  • Moshirfar M, Simpson RG, Dave SB, Christiansen SM, Edmonds JN, Culbertoson WW, Pascucci SE, Sher NA, Cano DB, Trattler EB. Sources of medical error in refractive surgery. Journal of Refractive Surgery, May 2013, Vol 29, No 5.
  • Moshirfar M, Chen MC, Espandar L, Meyer JJ, Christensen D, Christiansen SM, Dave SB, Bedke B, Kurz C. Effect of iris registration on outcomes of LASIK for myopia with the VISX CustomVue platform. Journal of Refractive Surgery, 2009.
  • Williams LB, Dave SB, and Moshirfar M. Correlation of visual outcome and patient satisfaction with preoperative keratometry after hyperopic LASIK. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, July 2008, Vol 34, 1083-1088.
  • Barlow WR, Moshirfar M, Ghajarnia M, Dave S. Correspondence: Best-spectacle corrected visual acuity before excimer laser refractive surgery. American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol 145, June 2008.
  • Dave SB, Espandar L, Moshirfar M. Wavefront-guided LASIK using the Visx CustomVue Star S4 laser system with and without iris registration: retrospective comparative study. Poster presentation, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.
  • Moshirfar M, Dave SB, Espandar L, Vitale AT, Wolsey D, Siddharthan K. HLA-B27-positive patients and uveitis after LASIK. Paper presentation, ASCRS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.
  • Moshirfar M, Dave SB, Ghajarnia M, Espandar L. Consecutive and concurrent implantation of Intacs and Verisyse/Visian phakic IOL for the reduction of refractive error in ectatic corneal disorders. Paper presentation, ASCRS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.
  • Espandar L, Moshirfar M, Williams LB, Dave SB. Correlation of visual outcome and patient satisfaction with preoperative keratometry in hyperopic LASIK. Poster presentation, ASCRS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.
  • Suh LH, Dave SB, and Culbertson WW. Chapter 4: Medical evaluation, management, and planning anterior lamellar surgery for corneal and anterior segment conditions. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Eds. Steinert RF and Huang D. Slack Inc., 2008.
  • Dave SB and Culbertson WW. Post-LASIK ectasia management circumvents need for keratoplasty, Ophthalmology Times. October 1, 20 07.
  • Dave SB and Yoo SH. Comparing Infiniti Torsional versus the Sovereign WhiteStar phacoemulsification devices in resident and fellow cataract surgery. Resident's Annual Research Day, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, July 2007.
  • Dave SB and Yoo SH. Comparison of Infiniti torsional and Sovereign WhiteStar phacoemulsification devices in resident and fellow cataract surgery. Poster presentation, ASCRS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, 2007.
  • Dave SB and Culbertson WW. Post-LASIK ectasia management, Resident Writers' Award Presentation, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006.
  • Dave SB, Feuer WJ, Yoo SH, Culbertson WW. Using anterior segment optical coherence tomography to evaluate for the presence of corneal flap edema after LASIK. Resident's Annual Research Day, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, July 2006.
  • Dave SB, Feuer WJ, Yoo SH, Culbertson WW. Using anterior segment optical coherence tomography to evaluate for the presence of corneal flap edema after LASIK. Paper presentation, International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO) Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006.
  • Dave SB, Culbertson WW, Pascucci SE, Sher NA, Rosenshein J, Cano DB, Trattler WB. Medical errors in refractive surgery. Paper presentation, ASCRS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, 2006.
  • Dave SB, Lee Y, Abad JC, Yoo SH. Phototherapeutic and photorefractive keratectomy (PTK/PRK) for the treatment of persistent corneal edema. Poster presentation, AAO Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2005.
  • Dave SB, Lee Y, Abad JC, Yoo SH. Phototherapeutic and photorefractive keratectomy (PTK/PRK) for the treatment of persistent corneal edema. Resident's Annual Research Day, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, July 2005.
  • Dave SB, Goldin S, Wall M, Lee AG, and Kardon RH. Retrobulbar optic neuritis induced by anti-TNF-alpha agent, infliximab, and recurrence following rechallenge. Poster presentation, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002.
  • Dave SB. Characterization of the hvnA operon and cloning of hvnB from the symbiotic bacterium Vibrio fischeri. Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Research Papers, (Ed., D.J. Henderson), pp.31-38, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2000.
  • Dave SB. Passive regulation of cardiac output by the venous system. University of Iowa Exercise Science Honors Thesis, Iowa City, Iowa, May 1999.
  • Zuberi AR, Christianson GJ, Dave SB, Bradley JA, Roopenian DC. Expression screening of a yeast artificial chromosome contig refines the location of the mouse H3a minor histocompatibility antigen gene. Journal of Immunology. 1998; 161(2): 821-8.
  • Dave SB. Characterization of the hvnA operon and cloning of hvnB from the symbiotic bacterium Vibrio fischeri. Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Summer Research Symposium, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998.
  • Dave SB. Completion of a YAG contig spanning the minor histocompatibility gene H3a. Annual Summer Research Symposium, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, August 1997.
  • Dave SB. "Fourth of July," Independence, Iowa. Ed. Robert Wolf, Free River Press, Inc., 1994.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
  • Oregon Medical Association (2008- Present)
  • The Cornea Society (2008- Present)
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2005- Present)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (2004- Present)
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (2006- 2008)
  • Florida Society of Ophthalmology (2006-07)
  • American Medical Association (1999-03)
  • Iowa Medical Society (1999-03)
NATIONAL COMMITEES AND COURSE INSTRUCTION
  • ASCRS Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee, Member- 2008
  • AAO Laser Refractive Surgery Skills Course, Assistant Course Instructor- 2008
  • ASCRS Cornea Biomechanics Paper Session, Panelist- 2008
  • Winter Corneal Refractive Invitational Summit, Panelist- 2008
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Residency Education Committee, Member- 2005-06
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Emergency Room Committee, Member- 2004-05
  • University of Iowa College of Medicine's Iowa Medical Society/AMA, Co-President- 2001-02, Co-Vice-President- 2000-01
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2008 Freeman Fellow Recipient
    - Tilganga Eye Center (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Storm Eye/ASCRS 2007 Excellence in Ophthalmology Research Scholarship
  • 2007 Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Paul Kayser International Travel Scholar Award
    - Clínica Oftalmológica Malbran (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • 2006 AAO/AMO Resident Writers' Award Program, Finalist
  • Storm Eye/ASCRS 2006 Excellence in Ophthalmology Research Scholarship
  • Hansjoerg E. Kolder Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology
  • Barry Freeman Memorial International Medicine Fellowship
    - Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (Apia, Samoa)

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