David Stager, Jr., MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Stager Jr. has been practicing Ophthalmology since 1992.
He grew up in Dallas and attended St. Mark’s School of Texas before graduating from Southern Methodist University Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude. He studied European history in Oxford, Spain and Paris before completing his medical degree and residency in Ophthalmology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He pursued a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington D.C. under the tutelage of Dr. Marshall M. Parks–the founder of Pediatric Ophthalmology. Dr. Stager, Jr. is Board Certified in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Stager, Jr. has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and continues to work closely with the nonprofit eye research institute. He has served as a Past President and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse for Christ Mission which operates a charity ophthalmology hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. Dr. Stager has served on multiple committees of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus including the Vision Screening Committee and the International Affairs Committee. Dr. Stager, Jr. also serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Services which operates a school and vision clinic for underprivileged children in Dallas. He also has previously served on the International Affairs Committee for the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
He is a member of many medical associations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), Texas Medical Association (TMA), Texas Ophthalmological Association (TOA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dallas Pediatric Medical Society and is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons. He currently serves on the Knowledge Base Panel in Pediatric Ophthalmology for the AAO. He also serves on the Adult Strabismus Task Force of AAPOS. He received the AAPOS “Honor Award” in 2004 and was recently accepted into the American Ophthalmological Society (2013). He served as one of the principal investigators for the Infant Aphakic Treatment Study, a NIH funded multi-center national trial examining the use of intraocular lenses in infants. Dr. Stager, Jr. has authored more than fifty articles in peer reviewed journals as well as three chapters in ophthalmology text books and has served as guest lecturer in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. He is a clinical assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical School.
His practice is primarily devoted to general pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus and the management of pediatric cataracts. He is also active in medical missions around the world having served as a visiting professor and surgeon with Orbis International in countries including Argentina, Panama, Vietnam and India. In addition, he has ongoing relationships in Mombasa, Kenya and Belize where he trains pediatric ophthalmologists. Finally, in 2008 he co-founded an international humanitarian organization, One World One Vision, which assists developing countries in the identification and treatment of strabismus and pediatric cataracts. For more information, please visit www.OneWorldOneVision.org.
Dr. Stager, Jr. has three children: Hayden, Trey and Sophie. He enjoys fitness and cycling and is a competitive triathlete having raced in full and half Ironman events. In May 2014, he was invited to compete in the “Fittest Doctors Challenge” at White Rock Lake and won first place.