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.



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.