Purnima Patel, MD

Purnima Patel, MD

Purnima Patel, MD, is assistant professor of ophthalmology, section of Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at Emory Eye Center, Emory School of Medicine. She is a board certified in ophthalmology and specializes in medical retina and comprehensive ophthalmology.

Dr. Patel is skilled in the treatment of medical retinal disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal diseases, and uveitis as well as modern cataract surgery. Dr. Patel has a special interest in teaching Emory University ophthalmology residents in the management of medical retinal disease and cataract surgery.

National Recognition

She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Women in Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association.  In 2014 Dr. Patel was selected to participate in the Medical Association of Georgia Physician Leadership Academy.


2014 Chair, Young Ophthalmologist Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
2014 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Inherited retinal diseases
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataract surgery
  • Uveitis


  • Medical School Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2001-2005
  • Transitional Year Residency: Emory University School of Medicine, 2005-2006
  • Residency in Ophthalmology: Emory Eye Center, 2006-2009 (Chief resident)
  • Fellowship in Medical Retina: Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, 2009–2010