Dr. Vakharia did undergraduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University’s Accelerated Medical Program, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science and graduated with highest distinction. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she received an Honorable Mention for the Carroll R. Mullen Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology, became a member of both the George McClellan Surgical Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, in the top 1% of her class.
Dr. Vakharia’s post-doctoral training consisted of an internship in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and a residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where she was Chief Resident. After her residency, Dr. Vakharia completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Tufts New England Eye Center/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. She then worked in DC prior to relocating to the Tampa Bay area.
Dr. Vakharia is an often invited speaker at major national meetings and was recently voted a “Top 40 under 40” Ophthalmologist nationally by Ophthalmology Management. She is on the executive committee of the Vit-Buckle Society. She is actively involved in clinical trials both as principal investigator and subinvestigator, has written numerous papers and book chapters, and is a reviewer for several academic journals.
In her spare time, Dr. Vakharia enjoys indoor cycling, cooking, and spending time with her family.