Carl C. Awh, M.D.
Tennessee Retina Physicians
Dr. Carl Awh (pronounced "Oh") is an internationally recognized clinician, surgeon, and educator. He completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Research at the Duke University Eye Center with Dr. Robert Machemer, the "father of modern vitreous surgery." Dr. Awh began his career as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, where he was Director of the Retina Service at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and the founding co-director of the Johns Hopkins Microsurgery Advanced Design Laboratory. In 1994 he moved to Nashville to join Tennessee Retina (then Retina Vitreous Associates).
Dr. Awh’s special interests include macular surgery, macular degeneration, and the development of surgical devices and techniques. He is an active investigator in industry-sponsored and National Eye Institute-sponsored clinical trials, holds twelve U.S. patents for retinal surgical devices and treatments, and has designed dozens of instruments in widespread use by vitreoretinal surgeons. He is a consultant to numerous ophthalmic companies and has lectured in over twenty countries and on every continent (except Antarctica!). He serves on the Executive Committee and is the President-Elect of the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is a past member of the board of EURETINA, the European Retina Society.
Dr. Awh has been named one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 2007 and is the recipient of Honor Awards from both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. In 2004, he received the Senior Honor Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists. In 2015, he received the Senior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the founding Director of the Retina Fellows' Forum, an annual national educational meeting for vitreoretinal specialists-in-training. Dr. Awh was inducted as an inaugural member of the Retina Hall of Fame in 2017.
Dr. Awh is happily married and is the father of three children. He enjoys golf, running, and travel.
Vitreoretinal Surgery and Research
Duke University Eye Center
Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Hospital/Fairfax Hospital
Washington, DC/Fairfax, VA
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology
Tennessee Academy of Medicine
American Medical Association
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
The Retina Society
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
"I'm impressed with the genuine concern these medical professionals have had for me. I just had one of the best experiences that I have ever had regarding patient education. Dr. Awh took lots of time and answered all my questions. I've been afraid, confused and even depressed about my eye. Dr. Awh was reassuring and straight forward which I very much appreciate. The staff at TN Retina are cheerful and caring too. Very comforting to see their smiles... I certainly do recommend Tennessee Retina.. "