Karina Billiris Findlay, MD, FACS, FAAO, is an ophthalmologist and medical and surgical retina specialist who diagnoses and treats patients as partner with Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida at the offices in Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Wesley Chapel, FL. Furthermore, Dr. Findlay performs surgery at AdventHealth Hospital Tampa and supervises residents and fellows in surgical cases at James A. Haley VA Hospital. And, she is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Findlay’s professional journey spans twenty-three years and her area of expertise is medical and surgical retina.
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Education and Training
University of South Florida College of Medicine MD 1993
American Board of Ophthalmology
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Clinical Associate Professor University of South Florida - Present
- Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Retinal Specialists
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- American Medical Association
- Florida Medical Association
- Hillsborough County Medical Association
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- Research to Prevent Blindness
- American Diabetes Association
- Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida medical and surgical vitreoretinal 1998
- Medical and Surgical Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous
- University of South Florida Department of Internal Medicine
- Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists
- Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, HCMA, AMA
Articles and Publications
- Please see CV
What do you attribute your success to?
- Hard work, exemplary patient care, continued research, and a passion for the field.
Areas of research
- New and evolving treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetes and other Retinal Vascular Diseases
- Free eye screenings at local health fairs, interested in medical mission work in the future
Teaching and speaking
- Clinical Associate Professor, University of South Florida Department of OphthalmologyResident teaching at James A. Haley Veterans HospitalDiabetes education lectures at local hospitals
Hobbies / Sports
- Marathon, Triathlon, Skiing
Favorite professional publications
- Retina, Ophthalmology, AJO
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Patient Experience with Dr. Findlay
Get to know Ophthalmologist Dr. Karina Billiris Findlay, who serves patients in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Findlay is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing medical and surgical retina since 1997. She sees patients at Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida at the offices in Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Wesley Chapel, and performs surgery at AdventHealth Hospital Tampa.
“Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida, established in 1971, is the first and largest retina practice serving Tampa Bay. Our doctors are board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and Fellowship Trained. Our offices are equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tests available. In our offices and surgery suites, we also have a variety of cutting-edge therapeutic modalities and we are capable of treating both simple and very complex retinal disorders.” as stated on their website.
In her current capacity, Dr. Findlay is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida and has supervised residents and fellows in surgical cases at James A. Haley VA Hospital for over 15 years. She continues to participate in clinical research and has given numerous patient education talks in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
With a passion for her field, the doctor belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, the Hillsborough County Medical Association, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Research to Prevent Blindness, and the American Diabetes Association.
In the early days of her academic career, Dr. Findlay graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida with a degree in Chemistry before completing her medical degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She then went on to complete her internship in internal medicine and her residency in ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, after which she completed her medical and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship with Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida.
A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, she is board-certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology, an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States of America.
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. They may provide routine care such as vision testing, as well as prescribe and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery.
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