Dr. Chawla specializes in the treatment of retinal disease and vitreoretinal surgery. Originally from Rochester, NY, he attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Afterwards, he returned home to attend the University of Rochester where he completed a Masters of Science in Biology. Dr. Chawla went on to medical school at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He stayed in New Orleans for one additional year to complete an internship in Internal Medicine at the Ochsner Health System Hospital before moving to Baltimore, MD to complete an Ophthalmology residency training program at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Chawla went on to pursue advanced Medical Retina fellowship training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (consistently ranked the#1 eye hospital in the US) under the tutelage of world-renowned ophthalmologists Philip Rosenfeld, William Smiddy, and Jorge Fortun. Interested in extending his training to surgical retinal interventions, Dr. Chawla joined the Retina Institute of California where he completed his Surgical Retina fellowship training. Dr. Chawla‘s research interests focus on medical treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy as well as the development of novel surgical techniques and instruments for use in vitreoretinal surgery. He has given numerous educational talks and presented his findings at national ophthalmology conferences.
Outside of Ophthalmology, Dr. Chawla enjoys staying up to date with the latest technological gadgets, grilling meats, exploring new restaurants, and following his beloved Buffalo Bills. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr. Chawla is excited to join the Bakersfield community and looks forward to taking advantage of everything the city has to offer and working to improve the vision of its many residents.