Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1993)
St. Joseph's Hospital (1994), Transitional Year
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (1997), Ophthalmology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (1999), Cornea & External Diseases

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants
  • DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty)
  • DMEK (Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty)
  • DSAEK (Descement's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty)
  • Endothelial Keratoplasty
  • Femtosecond Cataract Surgery
  • Fuchs' Dystrophy
  • Genetic Eye Disorders
  • Kerataconus
  • Lamellar Keratoplasty
  • Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
  • Partial Corneal Transplant
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Restor Intraocular Lens (IOL)
  • Toric Intraocular Lens (IOL)
  • Research Interest

    • Cataract surgery
    • Endothelial keratoplasty
    • Fuchs' Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy
    • Genetics of corneal disorders


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Trans-ethnic Replication of Association of CTG18.1 Repeat Expansion of TCF4 Gene with Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy in Chinese Implies Common Causal Variant.
    Xing C, Gong X, Hussain I, Khor CC, Tan DT, Aung T, Mehta JS, Vithana EN, Mootha VV Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014 Oct
    A novel de novo KIF21A mutation in a patient with congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles and Möbius syndrome.
    Ali Z, Xing C, Anwar D, Itani K, Weakley D, Gong X, Pascual JM, Mootha VV Mol. Vis. 2014 20 368-75
    Blunt scissors stromal dissection technique for deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty.
    Anwar DS, Kruger MM, Mootha VV Clin Ophthalmol 2014 8 1849-54
    Association and Familial Segregation of CTG18.1 Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion of TCF4 Gene in Fuchs' Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy.
    Mootha VV, Gong X, Ku HC, Xing C Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2013 Nov
    Association of Smoking and Other Risk Factors with Fuchs' Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy Severity and Corneal Thickness.
    Zhang X, Igo RP, Fondran JR, Mootha VV, Oliva M, Hammersmith K, Sugar A, Lass JH, Iyengar SK Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2013 Jul
    First report of traumatic globe rupture after femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty.
    Kruger MM, Mootha VV Cornea 2012 Dec 31 12 1504-6
    Sarnicola Air-Visco Bubble Technique in Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty.
    Muftuoglu O, Toro P, Hogan RN, Bowman RW, Cavanagh HD, McCulley JP, Mootha VV, Sarnicola V Cornea 2012 Nov
    Features of Urrets-Zavalia syndrome after descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty.
    Anwar DS, Chu CY, Prasher P, Bowman RW, Mootha VV Cornea 2012 Nov 31 11 1330-4
    Histopathology and spectral domain OCT findings of pneumatic-assisted dissection in DALK.
    Kim SY, Muftuoglu O, Hogan RN, Bowman RW, Cavanagh HD, McCulley JP, Mootha VV Cornea 2012 Nov 31 11 1288-93
    Glaucoma in patients with corneal endothelial dystrophy.
    Ali ZK, Whitson JT, Mootha VV, Witherspoon SR, Joseph JA, Joseph AM, Hynan LS, Cavanagh HD Eye Contact Lens 2011 Nov 37 6 332-6

    Honors & Awards

    • D Magazine
      Best Doctors in Dallas (2013)
    • Cornea Society
      Member with thesis (2010)
    • North & Central Texas Clinical and Translational Science Initiative
      Pilot Grant Award Recipient (2010)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology