Andy M. Lee, MD, FACS
As a boy, science was my favorite subject. So it was no surprise when I declared pre-med as my major at Rice University. Although I enjoyed several specialties while in medical school, two personal experiences led me to the field of ophthalmology. At a young age, I was saddened when my grandmother lost her sight to an eye condition called glaucoma. Then in college, a Rice University alumnus named Dr. John Lynn offered me a summer job. The late Dr. Lynn was a highly respected ophthalmologist who employed me to do research and diagnostic testing in his clinic during my summer vacations. I knew ophthalmology would be personally and professionally fulfilling for me and it has been.
As a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, I joined Total Eye Care shortly after completing my training and education in 1997. I obtained my medical degree from the UT Health Science Center Medical School, Houston and then completed a residency in Comprehensive Ophthalmology at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.
I stay active in the larger medical community by serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical School, Assistant Clinical Professor of the Methodist Charlton Family Practice Program, and Medical Director of North Texas Surgery Center. I am grateful to receive Service Awards from UT Southwestern Medical School’s Department of Ophthalmology.
I maintain hospital privileges at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Parkland Hospital and North Texas Surgery Center.
I am a member of several professional associations including the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Research to Prevent Blindness, and Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology. I contributed several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and have been a presenter at several medical meetings and conferences.
I am blessed to work in Duncanville where I proudly graduated as Salutatorian of Duncanville High School. I was honored to be the commencement speaker at the Duncanville High School graduation in 2012. Another highlight is being profiled by my alma mater. Please check it out here. In my free time, I swim for fitness and enjoy camping and spending time with my wife and 3 sons.
Thank you for your interest in our practice. It would be a privilege to get to know you and to care for your eyes.
Nalini K. Aggarwal, MD
It is an honor and privilege to serve as a physician specialized in the preservation of vision every day.
Growing up in Washington DC, with two parents and three siblings dedicated to the lifelong practice of medicine, I was immersed in fascinating experiences in all aspects of medicine at an early age. It was when my grandfather began to lean on my shoulder to battle irreversible blindness from Glaucoma that I vowed to dedicate my life to the education, prevention, and treatment of this silent yet devastating disease.
By age 18, my family had become Texans. I accepted the opportunity to pursue a combined undergraduate-medical degree (BSMD) in English and Biological Sciences in New York. After graduation, I completed an internship at Albany Medical Center and then Ophthalmology Residency at Lions Eye Institute. There, I was fortunate to have renowned mentors from Harvard and Will’s Eye Institutes who had profound influence in Ophthalmology and also on me. Working closely in their offices and operating rooms allowed me not only to research and publish cutting edge studies on eye disease, but also to experience the humility and strength needed to be steadfast guardians of sight.
I happily returned home to Texas for my Glaucoma fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center where I stayed on as faculty and medical director of service for almost 8 years. Surrounded by strong leaders, I grew exponentially in leadership positions in ethics, institutional review, and quality assurance, sub serving to the highest standards of care. The best part of my role there was teaching the ophthalmology residents which I still do as Associate Clinical Faculty.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the impeccable family at Total Eye Care where I feel I can bring both the expertise and the tailored personal attention I value, to each and every patient I meet.
I look forward to sharing your stories and some of my own, and possibly some milestones along the way from my husband and two very active children, who love to hear anecdotes about these very same experiences that fascinated me as a child.
Ajay S. Patel, OD
I was born and raised in the Windy City of Chicago. As a child I always wanted to explore the field of medicine. After shadowing several doctors, I became a technician for an optometrist. I learned about taking care of not only the patients’ eye needs but their whole health through the means of their eyes. This experience enticed me to further pursue a career in eye care. My passion for patient care has led me to where I am today.
I pursued my undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Chicago, majoring in Biology and minoring in Math. After graduating, I made the decision to move away from the bone-chilling winters in Chicago to attend University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, TX for my graduate degree. During my education I had the honor and privilege of serving our veterans at the VA and our military personnel at Tyndall Air Force Base. I also had the opportunity to serve the underprivileged in San Antonio, TX by providing them good access to care.
After living in San Antonio, I fell in love with Texas and became a Texan at heart. I moved to Frisco, TX in 2013. Outside of work, I love to spend time with Olaf, my very spoiled dog. When I am not pampering my dog, I enjoy bowling and am on a league. One of my life passions is to travel. My favorite destination is a toss-up between Hawaii and Israel. I am also a huge Disney fan. From visiting the parks, to being first in line on opening day for the films, Disney has always brought out the child in me. A huge foodie at heart, I also love exploring different cuisines.
Throughout my career and education, I have had the privilege of caring for a variety of patients. I have in-depth experience in evaluating post-surgical cataract patients, patients having undergone Laser Vision Correction, comprehensive eye care, therapeutic glaucoma, corneal crosslinking, eye infections and injuries, as well those with dry eye disease.
I am ecstatic about being a part of the Total Eye Care family. I look forward to getting to know our patients and serving our community. I strive to have you as a lifelong patient in our practice.
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