Our Doctors

At Dell Laser Consultants, our patients receive the best care possible from some of the most experienced and extensively trained ophthalmologists in the industry. To learn more about the background of each of our medical professionals, please follow the links below. If you have additional questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

Steven J. Dell, MD

p-dr-dell-homeConsidered an international leader in refractive, cataract, and LASIK surgery, Dr. Steven J. Dell is a board certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of Dell Laser Consultants. He has dedicated his career to enhancing vision correction in the US and abroad, and he strives to provide each patient with exceptional, customized treatment and unparalleled results. An award-winning eye surgeon, Dr. Dell has been a featured presenter at major ophthalmology conferences around the world, where he helps to train other eye surgeons in the latest techniques. Furthermore, he is an advocate of continuing education, and his research has led to the development of some of the most advanced technologies available. Through his relationship with the FDA and several ophthalmic equipment manufacturers, he is able to provide patients with state-of-the-art innovations years ahead of other practices.

Dr. Dell believes he has a responsibility to help educate the next generation of eye surgeons, and he sponsors learning opportunities for budding eye doctors. These externships allow students to observe him performing groundbreaking surgical techniques and to develop practical experience in the field. Dr. Dell has also been the preferred choice for athletes, politicians, celebrities, and other eye doctors seeking their own eye surgery. With every patient the goal remains the same: to help each person achieve optimal visual acuity in the most comfortable environment possible.

Experience and Accomplishments:

Dr. Dell has served in prestigious roles for some of the most esteemed medical journals, institutions, and organizations around, including:

  • Founding Chief Medical Editor of Advanced Ocular Care
  • Chief Medical Editor of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today
  • Editorial Board of Ocular Surgery News
  • Founding President of The American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology at Tulane University


Dr. Dell is an active member of several renowned ophthalmology associations, including:

  • The Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology (Fellow)


Dedicated to the advancement of the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Dell has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including:

  • Second US eye surgeon to perform laser cataract surgery using a femtosecond laser
  • Twice elected as one of the Top 50 Opinion Leaders in Cataract and Refractive Surgery by his peers
  • VISX® Star Award, given to top 5% of refractive surgeons in the US
  • Named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly magazine several years in a row
  • Named one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Named one of Austin’s Best Doctors by Austin Monthly magazine

Technology Patents:

Dr. Dell offers a range of technologies at his state-of-the-art practice to provide the best care possible to his patients. He selects the ideal option for each person based on their needs and goals. Furthermore, Dr. Dell has developed and patented numerous medical instruments and devices that hundreds of eye surgeons use today, including:

  • Dell Astigmatism Marker™
  • Dell Fixation Ring™
  • Dell PlumeSafe Ophthalmic Evacuation System™
  • Dell PlumeSafe Handpiece™

Dr. Dell continues to research and develop innovative techniques that further the ophthalmology field, as well as help patients to reduce their dependence on corrective lenses and to improve their eyesight.

Derek Cunningham, OD

dr-cDr. Cunningham’s advanced research cover a vast spectrum of eye are and neuroscience including; dry eye treatments, glaucoma medications and surgeries, retinal disease, cataract and lasik surgeries, cosmetic treatments and products, vision enhancement and sports vision. His innovative research has been presented at all major meetings ranging from the American Retinal society, the Academies of Ophthalmology and Optometry, to the American College of Sports Medicine. His research has been featured in many medical journals and showcased in publications such as Sports Illustrated and Forbes Magazine.

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.

Divya M. Varu, MD

dr-vDr. Divya M. Varu is a fellowship trained and board certified ophthalmologist at Dell Laser Consultants (DLC). As a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, she is extensively trained in an expansive selection of simple and complex eye conditions. In addition to her skill as a cataract and refractive lens exchange surgeon, Dr. Varu is also highly experienced in performing iLASIK, Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), and routine vision care. Furthermore, she broadened the scope of services at DLC to include state-of-the-art treatment of dry eye disease, ocular allergies, glaucoma, keratoconus, retinal disease, and other concerns. Dr. Varu is dedicated to excellence in patient care and results, and she provides customized treatment utilizing some of the most advanced technology available.

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 DLC, 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 eyecare needs.

Read Dr. Varu’s Patient Reviews

Sheila Barbarino, MD


Sheila Barbarino, MD, FAAO, FAACS, F.A.C.S., is a board certified surgeon who is fellowship-trained in both cosmetic oculoplastics and aesthetic full-face and full body surgery. Dr. Barbarino is an active fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Barbarino is also a Trustee on the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Barbarino comes to the Aesthetic Institute at Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, Texas with years of experience in surgeries of the eyelids, face, and body that range from youthful rejuvenation to reconstructive plastic surgery. She understands that sometimes the most upsetting part of an appearance-altering event, such as a physical trauma, can be the way it changes the way we present to the world, which often informs how we think and feel about ourselves. Consequently, Dr. Barbarino takes great care to approach reconstructive surgeries from a cosmetic perspective, to achieve the best result for the patient.

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 for a well-rested, youthful, and fit appearance, and knows that this cannot always be accomplished through time spent at the gym or through a good, healthful lifestyle.

When dealing with eye problems such as hollowness or dark circles under the eyes, eyelid drooping and natural aging, or skin damage and skin cancer, Dr. Barbarino applies her cosmetic plastic surgical skills to restore the natural, refreshed appearance and health to the eye.  She also uses her expertise to rejuvenate and reshape the eyelids, face, and body for purely aesthetic purposes.

Dr. Barbarino is also well-versed in procedures and products aimed at improving the appearance of the skin for people of all skin types and shades. Her extensive expertise includes the artful use of non-surgical modalities such as Botox®, Sculptra®, Juvederm®, Radiesse®, and Restylane®, which help patients achieve pleasing, natural-looking facial rejuvenation.

Her goal as a woman and as a surgeon is to help each patient become more comfortable and confident with their body, and in particular, with their face.

She helps her patients realize their aesthetic potential through her creative use of the latest innovations in cosmetic medicine.

Patients want to look the best they can for their age—not artificial and fake.

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


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