Meet Dr. Hargrave

bio-pic-hargraveSylvia Hargrave, MD, FACS is the Director and Chief Surgeon at the Hargrave Eye Center. With over a decade of experience teaching and practicing ophthalmology, her expertise combines established techniques as well as the latest advances in the field. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

After graduating cum laude from Vassar College, Dr. Hargrave attended Boston University School of Medicine and conducted her internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her training in advanced cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at the prestigious University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in 1996.

Shortly after finishing her studies, Dr. Hargrave became a member of the full-time academic faculty at UTSW; in the decade since she began teaching advanced cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and anterior segment reconstruction, Dr. Hargrave has trained more than 150 ophthalmologists from all over the world. In addition, during her tenure at UTSW, Dr. Hargrave was awarded two grants by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study how to improve corneal transplant survival in a model mouse. In what she considers her most stellar research achievement, the NIH awarded her $2 million to study ways to decrease corneal transplant rejection in the presence of severe environmental allergies.

Dr. Hargrave has published her research in dozens of peer-reviewed scientific journals and at a number of local and national conferences, and she uses many of the techniques she researched and developed in animals to improve the survival of corneal transplants in people.

In 2002, Dr. Hargrave accepted an invitation to serve as Chief of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Trauma at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, one of the oldest and most acclaimed hospitals in all of Texas, and she continues to serve in this role today. Methodist Medical center has been recognized as a Top Performer on Quality Measures by The Joint Commission™ for achieving excellence in using evidence based-clinical processes that are shown to improve patient care.

On a personal note, Dr. Hargrave is happily married to Magnus Wetterstrand. She enjoys exercise, travel, and learning new languages.