With the belief that patients should come first, Sylvia Hargrave, MD FACS founded the Hargrave Eye Center in 2003. Dr. Hargrave’s experience as an ophthalmologist includes nearly a decade teaching ophthalmology residents and fellows and a tenure as the Chief of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Trauma at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, one of the oldest and most renowned hospitals in the state.
Dr. Hargrave studied at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), and she completed her training in advanced cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery in 1996. At UTSW, she studied with Dr. James P. McCulley, Dr. H. Dwight Cavanaugh, and Dr. Wayne Bomwan, three world-renowned ophthalmologists who have trained countless doctors in the field. A leading ophthalmologist herself, Dr. Hargrave has also trained many cornea fellows and ophthalmology residents.
Upon completing her training, Dr. McCulley invited Dr. Hargrave to become a member of the full-time academic faculty at UTSW, and she was honored to accept. During her tenure as an assistant professor of ophthalmology, Dr. Hargrave was awarded two research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study how to improve corneal transplant survival in a model mouse, and in her most stellar research achievement, she was awarded $2 million from NIH to study ways to decrease corneal transplant rejection in the presence of severe environmental allergies.
Her research results have been published in dozens of peer-reviewed scientific journals, and Dr. Hargrave has presented her findings at both local and national scientific conferences. She uses many of the techniques that she researched and developed for animal-mouse models to improve the survival of corneal transplants in people.
In 2002, Dr. Hargrave was recruited by Howard Chase, former president of Methodist Medical Center, and Paul Farrow, the director of physician recruiting, to serve as Chief of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Trauma at Methodist Medical Center. Throughout its history, Methodist Medical Center has earned a reputation as one of the leading hospitals in Texas, and it has been recognized among Top Performers on Quality Measures by The Joint Commission™ for achieving excellence in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve patient care.