Anita Schadlu, M.D.
Dr. Anita Schadlu specializes in the full spectrum of retinal diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and ocular inflammation. She has extensive expertise in the surgical and medical treatment of these diseases, and a special interest in inflammatory diseases of the retina and uvea.
She completed her ophthalmology residency and fellowship in uveitis and ocular inflammation at Washington University in St. Louis. Due to the many, often severely advanced cases of ocular inflammation that Dr. Schadlu has seen, she became interested in educating other eye care providers about these difficult conditions. This led to the publication of her book Review of Uveitis, multiple chapters for ophthalmology textbooks, and journal articles.
Dr. Schadlu proceeded with two years of vitreoretinal fellowship training at the world famous Wills Eye Institute. During this rigorous training and thanks to her wonderful mentors, she performed over 1,000 vitreoretinal surgeries and furthered her knowledge of medical retinal diseases.
Her desire to focus on quality patient care drove her to found a practice that reflects her own ideals. She believes that expertise and technology translate into the best possible care only by maintaining a true physician-patient relationship.
Dr. Schadlu is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She has authored publications in several peer-reviewed journals including the Archives of Ophthalmology and Current Opinions in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Schadlu and her team are dedicated to making a meaningful difference in her patients' lives by providing outstanding medical care in a personal and compassionate environment.
Robin Ross, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Robin Ross specializes in retina and vitreous disorders and has been an accomplished, board certified surgeon for over 20 years. Throughout her career, she has championed technology and clinical research to improve the quality of compassionate care delivered to her patients. She was one of the first to embrace non face down positioning for macular hole patients, embrace 25g technology and utilize wide angle imaging to enhance retinal care. She spent the majority of her career in private practice until the University of Michigan acquired her practice.
She was born in California and attended Stanford University on scholarship. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York where she was a Scudder Fellow. As a medical student, she was part of a revolutionary research team that developed a new tool to repair detached retinas.
She completed her ophthalmology residency at the prestigious University of Iowa where she was awarded the Charles D. Phelps Faculty Award for developing a community clinic. She was one of the first residents in the US to serve as a section editor for Archives of Ophthalmology. She was awarded the Heed Fellowship throughout her 2-year Vitreoretinal fellowship at Associated Retinal Consultants in Michigan
Dr. Ross has conducted ophthalmology training worldwide and is certified by the International Red Cross for Health Emergencies. She recently completed her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to improve quality of eye care delivery to patients in the US and Globally. She received the Fulbright Specialist Award in 2017 while serving with the US National Institute of Health in West Africa to train eye professionals.
Dr. Ross recognizes that navigating US health care is complicated for our patients. “I wanted to be part of a forward thinking team in Arizona who understood that vision was more than eyesight. Vision loss and cancer are the two health conditions Americans fear most so joining a team of experts, delivering personal retinal care with kindness was important to me.”
Ramin Schadlu, M.D.
Dr. Ramin Schadlu specializes in the complete array of retinal diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. Dr. Schadlu completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at the renowned Barnes Retina Institute in St. Louis. His training afforded him extensive expertise in vitreoretinal surgery and advanced his knowledge of medical diseases of the retina, uveitis, and intraocular tumors.
Prior to his retina fellowship, he was selected as the Chief Resident for Washington University in St. Louis. This additional year gave him the opportunity to instruct young ophthalmologists in the art of ophthalmic surgery. He directed the eye trauma service for the entire university, and supervised the Barnes Eye Clinic. The trainees at Washington University honored Dr. Schadlu with the Golden Apple teaching award for his efforts.
After his rigorous training was complete, he joined the faculty at the prestigious Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. One of his clinics at Scheie was completely dedicated to the cutting-edge diagnosis and management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Dr. Schadlu is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has authored numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Graefe's Archives, and the journal for retina specialists, Retina.
Dr. Schadlu and his team are dedicated to treating patients with compassion and expertise. His commitment, knowledge, and experience ensure the best possible patient care.
Shabari Seetharam, M.D.
Dr. Shabari Seetharam's expertise covers a wide range of retinal disorders from macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, to inflammatory conditions, peripheral retinal diseases, and hereditary retinal disorders.
Dr. Seetharam obtained her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine where she graduated with distinction as the Eli G. Alcorn award recipient for outstanding achievement in ophthalmology. She moved on to the prestigious Medical College of Wisconsin for rigorous residency training under esteemed faculty.
Dr. Seetharam was then selected for medical fellowship training in diseases of the retina at another medical and ophthalmic center of excellence, Northwestern University in Chicago. It was here that she furthered her skills in caring for patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears, hereditary retinal disorders, ocular inflammation and uveitis. She has treated thousands of patients with retinal diseases, while utilizing the most current therapeutic methods.
Dr. Seetharam is dedicated to protecting her patients from vision loss and to afford them visual improvement whenever possible. To this end, she keeps current in our dynamic subspecialty. She contributes to the field through her academic work, which has led to publication in the medical literature - most recently in the journal for retina specialists, Retina.
"My specific clinical interests focus on medical disorders of the retina. Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are very common, and far too often affect patients' vision and quality of life. Recent advances in diagnosis and therapeutics have advanced our ability to halt disease progression and improve outcomes dramatically. I am committed to bringing my expertise with these and other disorders to the patients of Arizona Retina and Vitreous Consultants."
Deepthi Rao, M.D.
Dr. Rao’s practice involves the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of retinal
diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and
vitreoretinal interface disorders.
Dr. Rao was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated with Honors with a degree in Biophysics. Her
interest in vitreoretinal conditions and surgery developed early in medical school due to
her time spent with phenomenal mentors in clinic and research. She earned her medical
degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch during which time she performed
research on the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity and published her work in the
British Journal of Ophthalmology.
She completed her residency training at the prestigious University of AlabamaBirmingham
Callahan Eye Hospital where she saw and treated patients with a range of
diseases and injuries at their Level 1 Ocular Trauma Center and 24/7 emergency room.
Dr. Rao went on to complete a rigorous two-year surgical retina fellowship with the
Retina Consultants of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the highest volume
surgical retina fellowships in the country. She performed over a thousand surgeries
utilizing the most current techniques including small gauge sutureless vitrectomy. She
also received training in the diagnosis and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity,
intraocular tumors, with a focus on choroidal melanomas, and a wide spectrum of other
edical and surgical diseases of the eye.
She has published several journal articles and continues to be involved in clinical
research as she believes it is integral to providing the most current, evidence-based care.
Dr. Rao spent time at the Center for Vitreoretinal Diseases at the esteemed L.V. Prasad
Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India investigating the prevalence and risk factors of diabetic
retinopathy in patients with ischemic optic neuropathy. She also presented her work at
several annual ophthalmology meetings, including the American Society of Retina
Specialists (ASRS), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Rao was awarded the best
original retina/vitreous paper award at the 2015 Annual AAO meeting.
Furthermore, Dr. Rao is committed to providing comprehensive eye care to every patient.
She served on the AAO Vision Rehabilitation Committee through which she worked to
educate fellow ophthalmologists and subspecialists about recognizing the need for and
providing low vision patients with resources to aid visual function. Dr. Rao believes low
vision services are fundamental to optimizing quality of life.
In addition to her academic interests, Dr. Rao is dedicated to serving her community. She
spent a year with AmeriCorps in Baltimore establishing resources for children’s vision
screenings in several schools. She has also traveled to Managua, Nicaragua and
performed a number of vitreoretinal surgeries to help devoted local surgeons meet the
need for care. She is dedicated to continuing to contribute to this wonderful community.
In her spare time, Dr. Rao enjoys exploring the vibrant city of Phoenix and spending time
with her husband and young daughter.