The Retina Service

Dr. Quan Dong NguyenBorn in Saigon, Vietnam, Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen immigrated with his parents and three brothers to the United States in 1980, Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen currently holds the McGaw Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Prior to being chosen for the chairmanship at Nebraska, Dr. Nguyen was Associate Professor of Ophthalmology for Diseases of the Retina, Vitreous, and Uveitis, at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.


Dr. Nguyen received his baccalaureate from the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire and his bachelor and master of science degrees simultaneously in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Subsequently, he earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Nguyen also completed fellowships in immunology and uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, ocular immunology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.


A diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Nguyen has received many commendations and awards, including the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award; the Charles L. Schepens, MD, Award for Excellence in Retina Research; the National Eye Institute Career Development Award; the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Heath RO1 and R24 Awards; the Foundation Fighting Blindness Research Award for Macular Degeneration; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Innovative Award; the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award; the American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award; the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician Scientist Award; and the Carl Camras Translational Research Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Nguyen serves as principal investigator on several clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute and other organizations for macular edema (from diabetes and uveitis), neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ocular inflammatory and uveitic diseases, as well as co-investigator on numerous other clinical trials involving novel therapeutic agents. Dr. Nguyen chairs the United States multi-center READ-2 and READ-3 studies, evaluating the potential role of VEGF antagonists for diabetic macular edema. He is also leading the SAVE and SAVE-2 studies to evaluate the role of an mTOR inhibitor in uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases.


Dr. Nguyen has also been very active in helping to enhance and promote activities of the International Ocular Inflammation Society. 



Dr. Diana V. DoDr. Diana V. Do is a leading clinician-scientist who specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of retinal disorders. She has been the principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials investigating new treatments for retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and retinal vein occlusion. She has authored over 80 publications in the medical literature and has contributed to over 23 book chapters.


Her academic achievements have been recognized with numerous national awards including theHeed Ophthalmic Foundation Clinician-Scientist Award,Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award, and theAchievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Before joining the University of Nebraska, Dr. Do wasAssociate Professor of Ophthalmology andHead of the Retina Fellowship Training Program at the Wilmer Eye Institute (Department of Ophthalmology), the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. 


Dr. Do was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US in 1975. She grew up in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School.  She graduated summa cum laudefrom the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.  She was a recipient of the prestigious University of California Regents Scholarship and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  Dr. Do completed an internship in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, an ophthalmology residency at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a surgical/medical retina fellowship at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital


Dr. Do is a loyal 49ers fan and believes Joe Montana is the best quarterback of all-time!


Margalit, EyalDr. Eyal Margalit rounds out the retina service at UNMC. Dr. Margalit is a clinician-scientist who had his early ophthalmology training in Israel.  He then received extensive research and clinical fellowship training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.  Besides conducting a busy clinical service managing complex retinal cases, he is one of the department’s most productive clinical scientists.  He has done a remarkable job of getting residents and fellows involved in his research projects, and they have presented results at numerous national meetings and have published many articles in peer-reviewed journals.  In 2010, Dr. Margalit was honored with the prestigious Joseph P. Gilmore Award for his outstanding work on retinal prosthetic devices. 

The clinical retina faculty also colloborate with our retinal research faculty, Wally Thoreson, Ph.D., and Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D.  

Contact Information
To make an appointment:
UNMC Physicians Eye Specialties
at 3902 Leavenworth Street
(402) 559-2020

To comment or ask questions about the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute:
(402) 559-4276