Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Abbey speaks English, Farsi and conversational Spanish, and is passionate about advancing the field of retina to improve care for his patients. A winner of the Retina Fellows’ Forum Research Award in 2015, he remains actively involved in research at Texas Retina and has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for a number of clinical trials, exploring new treatments for various retina conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular edema, and retinal vein occlusion.
In addition, Dr. Abbey serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and national meeting abstracts. He also serves as an editorial board member for the medical journal Retina Specialist and is a reviewer for another national medical journal called RETINA.
Why did you choose to become a retina specialist? What do you enjoy about your work?
Giving patients back their vision is one of the most rewarding things I can imagine. I love that I get to do interesting work that I’m passionate about and see it translate directly into vastly improved quality of life for the people I care for.
What do you think is most important in caring for a patient?
I believe patients need to be heard and treated thoughtfully, and nothing is more important than fostering direct and open communication with my patients.
What do you enjoy most outside of work?
I am passionate about health and fitness, and became a certified personal trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son as well as music, guitar, weightlifting, rowing and traveling.
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