Our Doctors

Steven J. Dell, M.D.

Ophthalmologist | Cataract Surgeon | Dr. Steven J. Dell, M.D. | Austin TX

Our Medical Director, Steven J. Dell, M.D. is an internationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract surgery. Dr. Dell has twice been elected by the worldwide physician readership of the medical journal “Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today” as one of the Top Fifty Opinion Leaders in Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Dell is an award winning lecturer, textbook author, editor and researcher. He has been a featured lecturer at major eye surgery meetings around the world, and his patented surgical instruments and medical devices are used by hundreds of surgeons. Dr. Dell is the Founding Chief Medical editor of the medical journal Advanced Ocular Care, and is also a Medical Editor of the journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Dr. Dell serves as President of The American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery. Dr. Dell has received numerous honors from his peers. He has been honored as a VISX Star Surgeon, an award given only to the top surgeons in the United States. Dr. Dell is consistently named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine, and he has been named one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.  Austin Monthly magazine has repeatedly named Dr. Dell as one of Austin’s Best Doctors.

Ophthalmologist | Cataract Surgeon | Dr. Steven J. Dell, M.D. | Austin TXDr. Steven Dell has been named a “Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly Magazine for the 5th straight year.

In 2010 Dr. Dell became the second surgeon in the United States to perform LASER cataract surgery. By using this ground-breaking femtosecond laser technology, Dr. Dell can now apply the incredible precision and accuracy of LASIK to cataract surgery as well. Through his research, Dr. Dell is able to provide the most advanced technology to his patients, sometimes years before it is available elsewhere.

Dr. Dell’s research for the FDA has helped bring new laser treatment approvals to the US, and his continued work in the development and refinement of new surgical instruments and devices has been the subject of numerous articles and lectures. He serves on the editorial boards of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Ocular Surgery News and The Video Journal of Ophthalmology. He has also served a member of the Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee of the American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery , the largest organization of its kind.

Dr. Dell has a strong commitment to education, and sponsors a popular externship where student eye doctors can observe his surgical techniques. Dozens of externs have traveled to Austin to take advantage of this opportunity. Dr. Dell has also personally trained several hundred eye surgeons from around the country in his surgical techniques. In fact, if your eye doctor practices in Austin, odds are high that your doctor trained with Dr. Dell. And while you will often see observers following Dr. Dell in surgery and in the office, you can rest assured that every single surgical procedure is personally performed by Dr. Dell.

Eye doctors have unique inside knowledge of the capabilities of all the surgeons in the Austin area. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that more Central Texas eye doctors have chosen Dr. Dell for their own eye surgery than any other surgeon. Dr. Dell has also operated on a variety of other physicians, current and former professional athletes, nationally known celebrities and politicians.

While anyone can claim to have the best technology in the world, there is simply no way that you as a patient can sort through the various claims. You can be assured, however, that Dr. Dell is at the leading edge of his profession, and will always offer the very latest and best technology available for laser vision correction. He currently uses several different laser systems, and selects the best attributes of each system for the individual needs of the patient.

Dr. Dell is a Board Certified member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the inventor of the Dell Astigmatism Marker™, the Dell Fixation Ring™, the Dell PlumeSafe Ophthalmic Evacuation System™ and the Dell PlumeSafe Handpiece™. He works closely with a variety of ophthalmic companies in the development of new products and technlogies, and serves as a consultant to several major companies in the industry. Dr. Dell holds a faculty position as Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology at Tulane University in New Orleans, and is Co-Director of Refractive and Corneal Surgery at Texan Eye in Austin.

Dr. Derek Cunningham

Dr. Derek Cunningham, Director of Optometry at Dell Laser Consultants, received his undergraduate education from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. He then completed his optometric education at the University of Waterloo. He is also a graduate of the Faculty Development Course at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Cunningham comes to DLC from Mobile, Alabama, where he was the Center Director of an advanced specialty referral and consultative eye care center. In this capacity, Dr. Cunningham specialized in the treatment and management of ocular disease and peri-surgical eye care. He also administered the optometric referral network and continuing education programs of this practice, which provided vision correction surgery, as well as specialty and surgical care for glaucoma, retina, and strabismus. Before joining his practice in Alabama, Dr. Cunningham was a Faculty Associate and Instructor of Clinical Pathology at the Texas Tech School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas. He was also the resident education supervisor and a member of the School of Medicine accreditation board.

In addition to his teaching duties at Texas Tech, Dr. Cunningham also held adjunct professor status at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and University of Waterloo. Dr. Cunningham’s research background includes diabetic retinopathy, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma surgery and macular degeneration.

Dr. Cunningham is a nationally recognized educator, having provided continuing education lectures to eye doctors throughout the country. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is board certified by the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Cunningham  has a special interest in Sports Vision and Performance, and is the Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section. He has worked with professional and NCAA sports teams, as well as often attending and presenting at the American College of Sports Medicine national meeting.

As Director of Optometry at Dell Laser Consultants (DLC), Dr. Cunningham specializes in the evaluation and management of vision correction surgery patients and coordinates Dr. Dell’s clinical research studies. He also coordinates and administers the optometric co-management and education programs for DLC.

Dr. Divya M. Varu

Dr. Divya M. Varu is a board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in the care of cataract and refractive surgery patients at Dell Laser Consultants. As a fellowship-trained surgeon in iLASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation, she provides a customized treatment plan for patients in order to meet their individual needs. She is also a skilled cataract and refractive lens exchange surgeon, performing surgery using full focus intraocular lens implants. With her expertise in a wide range of complex pathology, Dr. Varu has expanded the services provided at Dell Laser Consultants to include comprehensive eye care. She cares for patients with dry eye disease, ocular allergies, keratoconus, glaucoma, and retinal pathology. Dr. Varu strives to translate the spectacular advances of medical science and technology into quality care for her patients.

After graduating from the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Varu completed her ophthalmology residency training at the prestigious Northwestern University. During her training, she was selected as the first chief resident and served as the resident ambassador for the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology. Interested in the precise nature of corneal, cataract and refractive surgery, she pursued a rigorous fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, working with world-renowned surgeons. Prior to joining Dell Laser Consultants, she was in private practice outside of Chicago and later at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, an affiliate of Stanford University. Throughout her career, Dr. Varu has been committed to education and continues to be involved in training eye care specialists around the country.

Additionally, Dr. Varu is passionate about public service and has been a medical volunteer in Cuba, Ethiopia, and India. She has worked with the United States Senate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association on a variety of health care initiatives.

Dr. Varu has received numerous accolades and her research has been presented at the World Cornea Congress, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Chicago Cornea Association, and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has published in the peer-reviewed journal Cornea and is a contributor to the medical journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Furthermore, Dr. Varu has served on the Cornea/External Disease Preferred Practice Panel, which is a distinguished group of ophthalmologists who provide recommendations for care to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Varu is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the Texas Medical Board, the Travis County Medical Society, and the Austin Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Varu looks forward to serving you and your families with your eye care needs.

Dr. Sheila Barbarino

Sheila Barbarino, MD, FAAO, FAACS, F.A.C.S., a board certified surgeon who is fellowship trained in oculo-facial plastics/cosmetic plastic surgery, specializing in full body cosmetic surgery and a full face specialist. Dr. Barbarino is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Barbarino brings her expertise to the practice of cosmetic, corrective and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, face and body. She applies her ophthalmic plastic surgical skills to rejuvenate the eyelid and forehead complex and to repair a myriad of eye problems including tear trough deformities, eye socket defects and skin cancer to restore both the natural shape and health to the eye.

As a female surgeon, she sees her patients from a woman’s perspective. Dr. Barbarino understands how particular we are about perceived imperfections–whether we think we have cellulite, jowls, turkey necks or excess skin on our eyelids. She empathizes with her patients’ desire to look well-rested, youthful and fit and to achieve what cannot be accomplished at the gym or through a good, healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Barbarino comes with expert experience in comprehensive treatments for all skin types, including dark skin. In addition, Dr. Barbarino’s extensive expertise includes the artistic use of non-surgical modalities such as Botox®, Sculptra®, Juvederm®, Radiesse® and Restylane® help patients achieve pleasing, natural looking facial rejuvenation. Her goal as a woman and as a surgeon is to help a patient become more comfortable and confident with their body and in particular with their face. She literally helps her patients put their best face forward. Patients want to look the best they can for their age—not artificial and fake.

Dr. Barbarino, a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, has completed two fellowships, one in oculoplastic surgery and a second in full face and body aesthetic plastic surgery.

“If medicine has given years to life, it is aesthetic surgery that has given life to years”

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