Episode 44

Building a Surgical Uveitis and Retina Practice

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | September 20, 2023

Discover the remarkable journey of Dr. Sruthi Arepalli as she conquers the challenges of building a thriving ophthalmology practice specializing in two subspecialties: retina and uveitis.

Building an ophthalmology practice is a big decision, and it gets even tougher when you focus on two subspecialties. Dr. Sruthi Arepalli successfully navigated this challenge and thrived in her unique dual-specialty career in a demanding environment like Emory, where handling the most complex cases is the norm.

In this episode, Dr. Arepalli shares her journey, including how she chose two fellowships and built her practice at Emory.

Whether you’re an ophthalmologist practicing with dual subspecialties or a resident considering fellowship options, consider this episode your go-to manual for making smart career choices

So, Tune in to this inspiring episode and Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the best!


  • 00:01:17 – Dr. Arepalli’s in Ophthalmology
  • 00:04:43 – Exploring the reasons behind her decision to undertake two fellowships.
  • 00:06:27 – Challenges in Dual Specialty Practice
  • 00:07:52 – A brief overview of Dr. Arepalli’s dual-specialty practice.
  • 00:12:04 – Strategies and experiences related to networking and expanding her practice.
  • 00:13:18 – What are ways outside of seeing patients that you’ve been able to grow your scope locally
  • 00:14:20 – Insights into how Dr. Arepalli made the decision to choose the most suitable job for her career.
  • 00:16:08 – Toughest Cases in Uveitis and Retina: Discussion on the most challenging cases she encounters.
  • 00:17:57 – How do you set expectations for these tough cases?
    Strategies for managing patient expectations in difficult cases.
  • 00:20:01 – Managing Burnout
    How she deals with burnout while handling two specialties.


Sruthi Arepalli

Sruthi Arepalli, MD

Vitreoretinal and Uveitis Surgeon
Assistant Professor at Emory Eye Center

Dr. Sruthi R. Arepalli brings her dual training in Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases as well as Medical and Surgical Retina to Tennessee Retina. Upon early admittance for academic excellence through a combined undergraduate and medical degree, Dr. Arepalli completed medical school at George Washington University. Following her ophthalmology residency at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic, she completed her first fellowship in Uveitis and Clinical Ocular Immunology at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Arepalli went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Medical and Surgical Retina at the Cole Eye Institute, where she was named a Heed Fellow, one of the most prestigious research honors given to ophthalmology trainees. Dr. Arepalli was also awarded the Cole Eye Institute Fellow of the Year for Excellence in Teaching Award during her second year.

As an active researcher, Dr. Arepalli has written over 60 scientific papers and book chapters pertaining to retina and uveitis. She has presented at numerous retinal and uveitis meetings and has received various awards for present research, including travel grants from the American Uveitis Society and a Best Poster Award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Her research interests include clinical trials and higher-order imaging analysis of retinal and uveitic diseases.

Dr. Arepalli cares for both pediatric and adult patients with uveitis, scleritis, and orbital inflammation, specializing in the use of local and systemic steroids, surgical steroid implants, and the administration and monitoring of systemic immunosuppression. Dr. Arepalli also specializes in the medical and surgical retina, including complex pathology and surgical management.

In her free time, Dr. Arepalli enjoys spending time with her husband, an emergency medicine physician, as well as traveling, exploring new cuisines, and spending time with her miniature goldendoodle.

Starting October 2021, Dr. Arepalli will see patients in our Nashville, Clarksville, Hendersonville, and Murfreesboro locations.

Connect with Dr. Arepalli,
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sruthi-arepalli-a38a9992

Instagram: Instagram.com/Sruthiarepalli


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