Diego Espinosa, MD

Vitreoretinal Surgeon

About Dr. Espinosa

Dr. Espinosa is a 1993 graduate of the University of Cartagena in Cartagena, Colombia where he completed his medical degree. He then completed an ophthalmology residency training in Bogota, Colombia at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1998 and further ophthalmic fellowship training, in vitreoretinal diseases in the Military Hospital HG-1 in Quito, Ecuador. He received a 6-month Pan-American Research Scholarship to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL at the University of Miami. While there, he also completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in macular diseases with an emphasis in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from 2000 to 2003. He served 2 years as Research Instructor at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, working on the mechanisms that are involved in the pathogenesis of dry and wet AMD as well as the factors in the regulation and progression of dry to wet AMD and the understanding of vision loss in this disease. He participated and completed multiple funded NIH grants as co-investigator in the laboratory of Scott W. Cousins. Dr. Espinosa has been an author of articles in the peer review literature, and served as reviewer for multiple ophthalmologic journals. As well, he has authored multiple chapters in ophthalmologic texts, and lectured in national meetings.

 After his term at the University of Miami, Dr. Espinosa completed a general surgery internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital followed by ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Fellowships in medical retina was done at Duke Eye Center followed by vitreo-retinal surgery at West Virginia Eye Institute.

Having completed his U.S. training Dr. Espinosa returned to the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University achieving the rank of Associate Professor during six years as Director of the Vitreo-Retinal, Uveitis, and Ocular Immunology Services. After a brief term in the private sector his strong academic goals brought him back to his alma mater.

Dr. Espinosa is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Vitreous-Buckle Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, the American Medical Association, the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Colombian Ophthalmology Society.

He specializes in medical and surgical vitreoretinal diseases, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, macular diseases, retinal vascular diseases, retinal degenerations, retinal swelling, inflammation/infection of the retina and uveal tract, and retinal detachments. In his free time, Dr. Espinosa enjoys reading, multiple sport disciplines, and outdoor activitie

Abridged Curriculum Vitae

07/2010 to 07/2011         Surgical Retina Fellowship, West Virginia Eye Institute, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

07/2009 to 07/2010         Medical Retina Fellowship, Duke Eye Center, Duke University, Durham, NC. 

07/2006 to 06/2009         Residency in Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA. 

06/2005 to 06/2006         General Surgery Internship, DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. 



08/2020 to present         Vitreoretinal Surgeon for Southeast Retina Center, Augusta, Georgia 

10/2018 to present         Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, GA. 

05/2017 to 09/2018         Carolina Retina Center Vitreoretinal Specialist Associate, Columbia, SC. 

07/2011 to 04/2017         Director of the Vitreo-Retinal, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Services, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, GA 

  • Valedictorian, George Washington School-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Salutatorian (2nd of 110), Medicine, University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Best Intern, University Hospital of Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • 8th Best Intern of Colombia, Colombian Association of Medical Faculties (ASCOFAME), Bogota, Colombia.
  • Exchange Medical Student with Honors in Ophthalmology & Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (USA).
  • Commendation for Excellence in the Field of Ophthalmology, San Ignacio Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia.
    Clinical Research Scholarship: Pan-American Fellowship, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL (USA)
  • Best Research Paper – “Medical Breakthroughs”, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL (USA).
  • National Interest Waiver: Extraordinary Ability
  • 2nd place – Best Resident Research Presentation at the MCG Ophthalmology Alumni Meeting, Augusta, GA (USA).
  • Gayton Award – Best Resident Research Presentation at the MCG Ophthalmology Alumni Meeting, Augusta, GA (USA).

• Member of the Colombian Association of Medical Faculties (ASCOFAME)- 1993
• Member of the Colombian Association of Medicine and Surgery with Laser (SOCOLASER)- 1996
• Member of the Colombian Ophthalmology Society (SCO)- 1998
• Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)- 11/2000
• Member of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) Exalumni Association- 06/2003
• Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)- 07/2003
• Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)- 06/2009
• Member of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO)
• Member of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (GSO)- 06/2009
• Member of GRU/MCG Exalumni Association- 07/2009
• Member of Duke Eye Center Exalumni Association- 07/2010
• Member of West Virginia University Exalumni Association- 07/2011
• Member of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG)- 01/2012
• Member of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)- 02/2014
• Member of the Retina Society- 03/2015
• Member of the American Medical Association (AMA)- 2015

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COVID-19 Update

December 28, 2020

We have resumed seeing non-emergent/non-urgent  patients. We will continue taking extraordinary precautions to protect both patients and our staff.  Please know that we are taking extra precautions to clean our exam rooms between patients to insure the health of our patients and staff.

All patients should bring and wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times upon entering our office and office building. 

We are asking patients to text 706-650-0061 when they arrive for their appointment.  Patients will wait in their vehicles until they are ready to be seen.  This will provide a safer environment for all our patients. We also ask that patients do not have anyone accompany them into the office.  This will assist us in maintaining a limited number of people in the office at any time. 

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