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Sonal B. Dave, M.D.



About me:

Sonal B. Dave, M.D.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • Advanced Cataract Surgery

Locations

  • Northwest | (503) 227-2020
  • Barnes Road | (503) 227-2020
  • Tigard |  (503) 227-2020
     

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Sonal Dave was named one of Portland's Top Doctors in 2014 by Portland Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Dave has a deep sense of compassion in her medical practice.

“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.”

“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, the top rated ophthalmology department and residency program in the nation. 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.

Education:

Board Certification
October 2008- Present
American Board of Ophthalmology
Board-Certified Diplomate
 
Fellowship
2007 - 2008
Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship
John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Residency
2004 - 2007
Residency in Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
 
Internship
2003 - 2004
Internal Medicine Internship
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York
 
Medical School
1999 - 2003
Doctorate of Medicine
University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
 
Undergraduate
1995 - 1999
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
 

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 L, Moshirfar M, Dave S. Preoperative keratometry and visual outcomes after hyperopic LASIK. Journal of Refractive Surgery, December 2009, Vol 25, No 12.
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 ecstatic 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)
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2005- Present)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (2004- Present)
The Cornea Society (2008- 2014)
International Society of Refractive Surgery (2006- 2008)
Florida Society of Ophthalmology (2006-07)
American Medical Association (1999-03)
Iowa Medical Society (1999-03)

NATIONAL COMMITTEES 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)

Practice Locations:

Northwest Office
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Barnes Road Office
9555 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 201
Portland, OR 97225
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Tigard Office
15298 SW Royalty Pkwy
Tigard, OR 97224
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Preparing for your Visit:

Prior to Your Appointment: Please complete and print the Patient history, HIPPA and payment policy forms even if you are an established patient. Once you have completed the forms, please bring them with you on the day of your appointment. Due to privacy issues, please do not attempt to send these forms to our office via e-mail.

Please check with your insurance company(s) to verify your “vision care” coverage for routine eye examinations by calling the customer service phone number listed on your insurance card. You may also call this same number to verify “medical” benefits for medically necessary visits and procedures.

The Day of Your Appointment:
Bring your current medical insurance card(s) with you.

  • The co-pay amount listed on your insurance card will be collected at the time of your visit.
  • For charges not covered by your individual insurance plan, payment is due at the time of service. Prompt pay discounts are available on certain services. Please ask at the front desk.

As part of your examination with us today, your pupils may be dilated. With dilation, most people experience light sensitivity and difficulty with near vision (such as reading). Some individuals also have difficulty seeing in the distance. The effects of the dilation can last several hours.

Patient Forms:

Patient History

HIPAA

Payment Policy

Request an Appointment:

Request Appointment Online  
 
Northwest: 503-227-2020  
Barnes Road: 503-227-2020  
Tigard: 503-227-2020  
 

Laser Vision Correction Surgery:

To find out more about Laser Vision Correction Surgery, click on the Laser Vision Correction section of our web site our call Dr. Sonal Dave's Laser Vision Coordinator: 503-973-1676

Patient Accounts:

If you have questions about your account or insurance, please call our patient accounts representatives at: 503-344-5115.

Administration:

503-557-2020

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Dr. Dave is very kind and informative!-Tigard patient survey

Dr. Dave's knowledge, powers of explanation and professional bearing are top notch! - Peterkort patient survey

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