Dr. Jorge I. Calzada is an associate at Charles Retina Institute. He was born in the Republic of Panama in 1973, and both his parents are from the northern regions of Spain. He graduated Valedictorian from the University of Panama Medical School in 1996. While in Medical School, Dr. Calzada founded the Scientific Research Society of the University of Panama and was Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of the University of Panama. After Medical School, he worked for two years in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama.
Dr. Calzada was brought to the United States by Dr. Barrett Haik, Chairman and Hamilton Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee. He did a laboratory Research Fellowship at the UT Dept. of Ophthalmology and the UT Center for Neurosciences, under the direction of Dianna Johnson, PhD and Peter Netland, MD PhD. He studied chemical excitotoxicity of retinal ganglion cells and retinal pigment epithelial transplantation models. After his laboratory work, Dr. Calzada entered clinical ophthalmology residency at the University of Tennessee Dept. of Ophthalmology, finishing his residency training in 2003.
Following residency, Dr. Calzada returned to his native Panama and joined the Clínica de Ojos Orillac-Calvo, one of the most respected ophthalmology practices in Panama. While in Panama he lectured throughout Central America in advanced ophthalmic surgical techniques. He headed the Central American Retinoblastoma Project in conjunction with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and was granted the “Young Rotarian of the Year” award by the Rotary Club of Panama.
Dr. Steve Charles, who had interacted with Dr. Calzada during his ophthalmology residency, recruited him back to Memphis to the Charles Retina Institute. Under Dr. Charles’ direction, he finished a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship. Following retina training, Dr. Calzada joined the Charles Retina Institute initially as Associate Surgeon and later as President of the Institute, with Dr. Charles as Chief Executive Officer. At the Charles Retina Institute, Dr. Calzada is Director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Service and serves with Dr. Charles as attending physician to the University of Tennessee / Charles Retina Institute vitreoretinal surgery fellowship.
Dr. Calzada joined the clinical faculty of the University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute initially as Clinical Instructor and currently as Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. Besides his duties at the Charles Retina Institute, Dr. Calzada has a weekly retina clinic at the UT Hamilton Eye Institute and a monthly retina outreach clinic in Oxford, Mississippi at the Rayner Eye Clinic. In addition, Dr. Calzada founded Panamerican Vitreoretinal Consulting in Panama, where he regularly travels for lectures, clinic, and surgery of complex vitreoretinal disorders. He also collaborates with the Fundación Pro-Visión 20/20, with goals of improving the care of patients with blinding retinal conditions in his home country.
Dr. Calzada was elected Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His clinical interests are complex retinal detachment repair, pediatric retina surgery, and management of uveitis and inflammatory diseases of the eye. Dr. Calzada sits on the management committee of the Hamilton Eye Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center and on the Editorial Board of the Highlights of Ophthalmology magazine. Dr. Calzada has been a coauthor with Dr. Steve Charles on the 4th and 5th editions of the “Vitreous Microsurgery” textbook, which has been translated to Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, and Spanish languages, and is a broadly read resource for practical approaches to vitreoretinal surgery.