Board-certified ophthalmologist David Callanan, MD, has served Texas Retina Associates for more than 26 years and cares for patients in our Arlington and Grapevine offices.

Originally from Iowa, Dr. Callanan completed four different retina fellowships during his medical training, including medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery at the renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, uveitis at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and ocular immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

A respected leader in his field, Dr. Callanan has actively conducted clinical research throughout his career, receiving the National Research Service Award from the National Eye Institute in 1985. Passionate about improving care for patients with retina conditions and diseases, he publishes much of his work in medical journals and speaks at conferences both nationally and internationally. Currently, he is leading clinical trials at Texas Retina focused on potential new treatments for macular edema, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal vein occlusion and uveitis. Dr. Callanan also serves on the board of directors of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and as a clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Why did you choose to become a retina specialist?
I found retina and uveitis to be two of the more interesting and challenging areas of ophthalmology.

What do you think is most important in caring for a patient?
Understanding what the patient feels is the most critical problem they have and correctly addressing that.

What do you enjoy most outside of work?
In my spare time, I enjoy golf, fly fishing and skiing. I also regularly practice yoga to maintain health.

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