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.

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Undergraduate Education:          BA, English, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2008

Medical School:
                          MD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

                                Transitional Internship, Henry Ford Hospital, 2013

Residency:                                 Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Hospital, 2016

                                 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)


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Clinical Interests

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


Mailing Address:
Box 359608
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone:  206-543-7250


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