Dr. Steven Saraf was raised in southern Washington but has traveled extensively over the course of his career. He specializes in retina, vitreoretinal surgery, and uveitis. He completed two ophthalmology fellowships, the first in uveitis at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, and the second in retina and vitreoretinal surgery at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained his medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and bachelor’s degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Dr. Saraf is an assistant professor with clinical interests in posterior segment disease and surgery. His aim is to provide medical and surgical care for complex conditions in retina including retinal detachments, ocular trauma, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, central serous chorioretinopathy, and retinal vascular occlusions. He is passionate about providing complete care for uveitis patients, including applying innovative tools in diagnosis, offering the latest immunomodulatory therapies, and providing surgical interventions for inflammatory eye conditions. His research interests include advanced retinal imaging modalities, advanced diagnostic testing in uveitis, and vision restoration techniques in retinal degenerations. Dr. Saraf is the winner of multiple teaching awards and is passionate about resident and fellow education. He participates in multiple medical training programs at University of Washington.
Dr. Saraf currently lives in Seattle. His outside interests include ice hockey, the great outdoors, and traveling.
Undergraduate Education: BA, English, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2008
Medical School: MD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
Internship: Transitional Internship, Henry Ford Hospital, 2013
Fellowship: Uveitis, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, 2017
Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery, University of Washington, 2019
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Sub Specialty Societies: American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)
American Uveitis Society (AUS)
Dr. Saraf’s clinical interests include retinal detachments, ocular trauma, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, central serous chorioretinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, anterior uveitis, intermediate uveitis, panuveitis, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome, birdshot chorioretinopathy, serpiginous choroidopathy, multifocal choroiditis, infectious uveitis, among others.
Research & Focus
Dr. Saraf’s research interests include advanced retinal imaging modalities, advanced diagnostic methods in uveitis, and vision restoration techniques in retinal degenerations.
Awards & Honors
2019 Rayment Endowed Fellow in Ophthalmology
2019 Vit-Buckle Society (VBS) Surgical Award Winner and Travel Grant Recipient, Las Vegas, NV
2018 Vit-Buckle Society (VBS) Travel Grant Recipient, Miami, FL
2016 Chairman’s Teaching Award, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
2015 Award for Excellence in Resident Lectures, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Saraf SS, Tyring AJ, Chen CL, Le TP, Kalina RE, Wang RK, Chao JR. Familial retinal arteriolar tortuosity and quantification of vascular tortuosity using swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2019 Mar 7;14:74-78. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2019.03.001. 2019 Jun.
Saraf SS, Olmos de Koo LC. Vision Restoration in Outer Retinal Degenerations: Current Approaches and Future Directions. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2019 Winter;59(1):59-69. doi: 10.1097/IIO.0000000000000257.
Zhang Q, Rezaei KA, Saraf SS, Chu Z, Wang F, Wang RK. Ultra-wide optical coherence tomography angiography in diabetic retinopathy. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2018 Sep;8(8):743-753. doi: 10.21037/qims.2018.09.02.
Saraf SS, Cunningham MA, Kuriyan AE, Read SP, Rosenfeld PJ, Flynn HW Jr, Albini TA. Bilateral Retinal Detachments After Intravitreal Injection of Adipose-Derived 'Stem Cells' in a Patient With Exudative Macular Degeneration. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2017 Sep 1;48(9):772-775. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20170829-16.
Saraf SS, Ryu CL, Ober MD. The effects of cataract surgery on patients with wet macular degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep;160(3):487-492.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2015.06.006. Epub 2015 Jun 19.
Primary Clinical Office
UW Department of Ophthalmology
Karalis Johnson Retina Center
750 Republican St, Bldg F
Seattle, WA 98109
Clinic Phone: 206-520-8300
Clinic Fax: 206-520-8399
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone: 206-543-7250
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