Chattanooga- Dr. Deborah DiStefano- DiStefano Eye Center
Dr. Deborah DiStefano
Dr. Deborah DiStefano is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist. She received her ophthalmology specialty training at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She completed a corneal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard University in Boston. She was awarded "Who's Who In The South and Southeast 1983-1984 and in 1996-2008, 2011-2012, and again in 2013, "Best Doctors in America" as seen on "60 Minutes."
Dr. DiStefano was recruited from her Harvard fellowship to Chattanooga to become the Chairperson of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She remained in that position for 10 years. She then resigned to focus on her refractive practice and family. She maintains her educational involvement as an Assistant Clinical Instructor at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine.
Her refractive surgery experience began in 1984 and she performed 7000 to 8000 cases. Since the FDA approval of Excimer laser, few RKs are currently being performed. Dr. DiStefano's laser experience began with the approval of the excimer laser in 1996. She has performed well over 20,000 laser procedures for myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, and hyperopia (farsightedness). Dr. DiStefano offers multiple technologies to personalize the choices in vision correction procedures for individual patient needs, including bladeless LASIK called IntraLase. She also offers a non-laser choice to patients who choose to not wear readers, a procedure called Monovision.
Dr. DiStefano is a member of the American Medical Association, International Society of Refractive Surgery, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and American Academy of Ophthalmology. She volunteers and works closely with several organizations including the Y-Cap Youth Program, and serves on the board for the St. Nicholas School. She is also on the board of the Helene DiStefano Fund, an organization founded to assist moms with cancer who are in financial crisis.
Dr. DiStefano is the Director and Founder of the DiStefano's Skin Solutions Medical Spa. Patients may receive a number of medically approved cosmetic procedures, including Latisse, eye lifts, Botox and other injectibles along with a full complement of additional spa treatments and skin care products.
Dr. DiStefano resides in Chattanooga with her husband, and son. She enjoys her involvement with her son's many activities. They all enjoy boating and vacationing on the Gulf.
Dr. DiStefano was invited to be a guest vision expert for Ivanhoe.com as well as being a featured ophthalmologist on the website: AllAboutVision.com. Both sites are sources for vision and health information for patients and doctors on the Internet.