Shalesh Kaushal, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Shalesh Kaushal is a clinician-scientist through-and-through. His desire for diving deep to solve problems for both his patients and the scientific community has earned him a reputation as being a thoughtful innovator.

Originally from New England, Dr. Kaushal always knew he wanted to be a physician. But, it wasn’t until his third year studying at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that two mentors introduced him to ophthalmology, and later his love for retinal biology and diseases.

As an avid researcher, Dr. Kaushal takes personal satisfaction in advancing literature in the field of retina and being involved in cutting edge clinical trials—including gene therapy—to treat many conditions of retinal disease. More than treating patients, Dr. Kaushal is actively involved in advancing new drug treatments for patients suffering from vision-threatening diseases, especially within his field of specialty: inherited retinal and macular diseases like retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Stargardt disease as well as age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

Aside from his contributions and active involvement in clinical research, Dr. Kaushal is a compassionate practitioner with a real passion for charity—as proven by his many diligent hours caring for and treating underserved populations in local communities as well as abroad in India.

Dr. Kaushal especially enjoys the sacred relationship between doctor and patient, always communicating in a way that is both clear and understandable. He considers it a great honor to be part of a patient’s care: to restore their sight, improve their vision and their quality of life.

Dr. Kaushal lives with his wife, son and daughter in Gainesville, Florida.

His accomplishments and experiences include:

  • Joined Retina Specialty Institute 2013
  • Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Consultant, Advisor and Collaborator:
    • Novartis
    • Alcon
    • Allergan Corporation
    • Genzyme
    • ACT
    • 3M Corporation
    • OPKO
    • BIKAM
    • Fellow, Professor Shomi Bhattacharya, Institute of Ophthalmology
    • Fellow, Professor Alan Bird, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
    • Fellow, Barnes Retina Institute, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    • Resident, University of Southern California/Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA
    • Ph.D., Thesis Advisor Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    • M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    • B.S., Biochemistry and Biophysics, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
    • Member of the Macula Society, Retina Society, American Ophthalmological Society, American Society of Retina Specialists, Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision (ARVO), and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
    • Founder of three biotech companies
    • Invited speaker at both national and international meetings