Swati Agarwal-Sinha, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
Swati Agarwal-Sinha, MD, graduated from the SMS Medical College in Jaipur, India, where she also completed her residency in Ophthalmology. She then completed a clinical fellowship in vitreo retina at prestigious Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India. After moving to the United States, Dr. Agarwal completed a retina research fellowship at the University of Florida, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult strabismus at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and an internship in General surgery at Robert Packer Hospital in Pennsylvania.
She joined the faculty of the UF College of Medicine as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Chief of Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) Services in the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center. Dr. Agarwal was a clinical instructor of Pediatric ophthalmology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Agarwal also was a Consultant ophthalmologist of Pediatric and adult strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, and lasers, medical retina in Las Vegas and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Agarwal’s clinical interests include screening of premature infants in NICU for retinopathy of prematurity and providing treatment both retinal lasers and intravitreal injections. She also provides clinical and surgical care for complex pediatric retinal diseases, pediatric strabismus, pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, cataracts, amblyopia, refractive errors and pediatric imaging. Besides, she provides clinical and surgical care in adults with complex strabismus, medical retinal diseases, retinal lasers, anti-angiogenesis treatment, and ocular imaging (optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography).
Research Interests and Roles
Dr. Agarwal’s research interests include retinopathy of prematurity, anti-angiogenesis treatments and retinal imaging (ocular coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography), pediatric strabismus, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. She is the Principal investigator for NIH funded PEDIG studies since 2014 and for cerebrotendinous xantomatosis (CTX) Prevalence study since 2016. She had previously worked on many multi-centric clinical trials conducted by Diabetic retinopathy clinical trial network (DRCR.net), Age related eye disease investigators group (AREDS) and Vertex pharmaceutical clinical study in patients with cystic fibrosis. She currently has multiple ongoing clinical and translational research projects in the department.
Teaching Interests and Roles
As an academic physician, Dr Agarwal-Sinha provides training to resident-physicians, fellow physicians, medical students and staff; actively participate in teaching-conferences and grand-rounds; and perform all other educational and clinical duties as assigned by the department. She encourages students to develop, refine and apply clinical knowledge and surgical skills in a realistic clinical situation as they participate in interactive learning experiences in the clinics, operative rooms and emergent care to meet their educational needs.
Awards and Recognitions
2016 – “Quality Award” from Pediatric Eye disease Investigators Group in recognition of having an outstanding quality index by PEDIG in Winter Tampa Meeting Feb 2017
2017- Won FIRST PLACE on our research project “To study the minimum effective dose of Anti-VEGF (Eylea) in an OIR mouse model for ROP presented in the Masters in Ophthalmology meeting, Miami, FL, June 4, 2017
2017- Won FIRST PLACE on our research project “To study the minimum effective dose of Anti-VEGF (Eylea) in an OIR mouse model for ROP presented in the Research Day, University of Florida, FL, June 23rd, 2017
2011- Valley Hospital Resident Teaching Award, Las Vegas, Nevada
Professional Society Affiliations
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
American Society of Retina Specialist (ASRS)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
European Society of Retina Specialists
World Congress of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WCPOS)
Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, India
General Surgery – Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA
Sawai Man Singh Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, India
Surgical and Medical Retina, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
Retina Research -University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Dr. Agarwal-Sinha has 37 peer-reviewed publications, 45 abstracts, and more than 100 presentations internationally, nationally and locally. She is the ad hoc reviewer for more than ten peer-reviewed international journals.
Phillip Ames (r), Swati Agarwal-Sinha. Congenital neonatal herpes simplex retinitis. In press, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology 2018.
Samantha Nastasi(g), Andres Gonzalez(r), Richard Blake, Allen Beck, and Swati Agarwal-Sinha. Achondroplasia with congenital glaucoma, and presumed Axenfeld-Reiger anomaly. Journal of Glaucoma 2018;27:e165-e167.
Andres Gonzales(r), Swati Agarwal-Sinha, Siva SR Iyer, and James Bolling. 2018. Multiloculated Ciliary Body Cysts and Lenticular Coloboma: A Rare Phenotypic Variation Associated with Persistent Fetal Vasculature. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2018 Nov 2;55:e39-e41. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20181010-01. PMID:30388281
Swati Agarwal-Sinha, Amanda Way (r), Sarina Amin (r) 2018. “Preferences and Trends in Practices Caring Premature Infants for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): A Web-Based Survey.” Current Trends in Ophthalmology, 2018;1(1): 49-61.
Jade Gieseke Guevara(r), and Swati Agarwal-Sinha. Ocular abnormalities in Congenital Zika syndrome: a case report, and review of literature. Journal of Medical Case Reports 2018. 12:161: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13256-018-1679-y
Swati Agarwal-Sinha, Jade Gieseke Guevara(r), Sarina Amin(r). Late onset tractional fibrovascular proliferation post intravitreal bevacizumab following treatment of retinopathy of prematurity. Can J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun;53(3):e99-e103. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjo.2017.09.028. Epub 2017 Dec 16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjo.2017.09.028 PMID:29784188
Aimee Verner(r), Swati Agarwal-Sinha, Frank Yanfeng Han (r). Möbius syndrome with cardiac rhabdomyomas. Ophthalmic Genet. 2018 Jun;39(3):373-376. doi: 10.1080/13816810.2017.1423336. Epub 2018 Jan 16. PMID:29336632
Fouad El Sayyad(r), Ahmaida Zeglam(r), Swati Agarwal-Sinha. Cat Scratch Disease Imitating as Toxocara Granuloma of the Optic Disc. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports 2017 Nov 22. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000683. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:29176527