Dr. Hershel Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is a graduate of Morsani College of Medicine and is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. He completed a vitreoretinal fellowship and has advanced training in vitreoretinal diseases. He has performed over 800 surgeries during his fellowship training. Dr. Patel has a special interest in a variety of retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, complex retinal detachments among others.


An Outstanding Educational Background

Undergraduate: University of South Florida Honors College, Tampa, FL

Postgraduate: University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Medical School: Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Internship: University of South Florida Department of Internal Medicine, Tampa, FL

Ophthalmology Residency: University of South Florida Eye Institute, Tampa, FL

Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship: Retina Specialists of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital, Birmingham, AL


Honored by His Colleagues

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences Honor Society

Chief Resident University of South Florida Eye Institute


Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)

American Medical Association (AMA)


Teaching and Training New Doctors

Vitreoretinal Surgeon – Clinical Instructor – University of Alabama at Birmingham


Recognized Expert in New Therapies for Retinal and Macular Diseases

Dr. Patel has published over 3 book chapters and 20 articles in a variety of ophthalmological journals.  He has presented research at national meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.  In Medical school, he spent a summer in Oxford, England working on retinal research which he presented at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting.



Dr. Patel has worked with Project World Health and volunteered his time and expertise treating underserved patients in the Dominican Republic. His hobbies include cooking, travelling, and spending time with his wife and 2 (soon to be 3) children and dog.

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