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Hardeep Dhindsa, M.D.
Dr. Hardeep Dhindsa, born in Montana, spent most of his childhood in the Pacific Northwest. He completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Maryland. After completing medical school in 1987, Dr. Dhindsa moved to Houston, Texas for internship at the Baylor College of Medicine. He was subsequently awarded a two year research fellowship at Baylor, where he used several experimental models to study the mechanisms of age related macular degeneration at a cellular level. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor University in 1993 (routinely ranked among the top ten ophthalmology programs in the U.S year after year). Stimulated by his research in retina, he chose to pursue a medical and surgical retina fellowship at the University of Virginia in 1994.
Dr. Dhindsa’s career took an unexpected turn, when he was invited directly out of fellowship to be a professor at the world reknowned King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is one of the largest eye hospitals in the world and serves the entire Middle East and Northern Africa. Originally intending to stay for a year, he and his wife, Shilpa and his four children, ended up staying there for eight years. He completed over 7000 surgeries, most of which were exceedingly complex. He also completed over 50, 000 laser procedures. Not only did he see unusual and severe retinal disease, he was also an active member of the retinoblastoma tumor team for over five years. As a result of his clinical work, training of residents and fellows, and research publications he was promoted to Senior Consultant. He half-jokingly notes that because of his tremendous volume of medical and surgical cases overseas he is “400 years old in ‘retina years.’ ”
In 2003, Dr. Dhindsa came to Reno to provide advanced retinal care to patients in Northern Nevada and California. In October 2011, he established the HDRetina Eye Center.He is looking forward to providing the best available care in his new solo practice. His interests, in addition to routine retinal disease, continue to be in complex medical and surgical cases. He is one of a handful of retinal surgeons in the world that perform 360 degree macular rotation surgery for patients with macular degeneration. He is also enjoys advanced pediatric, diabetic and trauma cases. He goes yearly to third world areas, such as South America, South East Asia, and Africa for mission work.
He is also active in the training of US ophthalmologists. He routinely gives lectures at the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology on a yearly basis. He serves on various committees that reviews and edits every educational publication that is produced by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, for ophthalmologists in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2010 he was elected to the very select American Eye Study Club, which admits only 60 active members and which represents individuals at the highest level of political and academic rank in American ophthalmology.
In 2012, Dr. Dhindsa was recognized among the top 3% of physicians in the nation with his “Most Compassionate Doctor” award.
His outside interests include international travel, linguistics,playing guitar and bass, and working out.
Since arriving in Nevada eight years ago, he has served on the Board of Sageridge School and has served as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Nevada Athletic Commission. He has also participated in a number of local charity events.
1. Al-Harthi, E., Abboud, E., Al-Dhibi H., Dhindsa, H. Incidence of Sclerotomy Related Retinal Breaks. Retina April/May 2005 25(3). 281-284
2. Dhindsa, H. and Abboud, E. Familial Multiple Retinal Arterial Macroaneurysms. Retina Oct 2002 22(5): 607-615
3. Harrison D, Awad A, Al-Mesfer S, and Dhindsa H. Management of Ophthalmic Complications in Homocystinuria, Ophthalmology. Oct 1998105 (10): 1886-1890
4. Rapp L., Fisher P., and Dhindsa, H. Reduced Rate of Outer Segment Disk Synthesis in Photoreceptor Cells Recovering from UVA Light Damage. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, August 1994, Vol 35 (9): 3540-3548
5. Rapp L, Tolman B, Dhindsa H. Separate Mechanisms for Retinal Damage by Ultraviolet-A and Mid-visible Light. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, June1990 31(6):1186-90
Dhindsa and his staff at HD RETINA Eye Center were courteous, professional and on time for my father’s tests and exams. This office felt like family, which made my father relax going through these difficult times.
Dr. Dhindsa is an extremely skilled and gifted surgeon, and also a very caring and compassionate person... I would recommend him to anyone.