3821 Commercial Center Drive
Ladson, SC 29456
(843) 628.5695

D. Virgil Alfaro, III, MD

D. Virgil Alfaro, III, MDDr. Alfaro hails from South Texas and is a graduate of the Marine Military Academy and The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

He attended Cornell University Medical College and then performed an internship in General Surgery at UCLA, Harbor General Hospital. Dr. Alfaro was a resident at the Doheny Eye Hospital and the Los Angeles General Hospital and performed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Alfaro served in the United States Air Force Medical Corps, caring for patients at Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital, and Andrews AFB Hospital.

During his activity duty tour he was stationed at the Uniformed Services University as a faculty member and led a research laboratory evaluating ocular trauma, HIV/AIDS and the eye, and ocular infections.

Dr. Alfaro was also the Ophthalmologist for the Whitman Walker Clinic, a D.C. clinic dedicated to the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

In 1999 Dr. Alfaro founded Retina Consultants of Charleston, a tertiary practice dedicated to the treatment of retinal, macular, and optic nerve diseases. Dr. Alfaro has edited and published 6 textbooks including Vitreoretinal Surgery of the Injured Eye (1999), Macular Surgery, (2000), Diabetic Retinopathy (2001), Age-Related Macular Degeneration (2002), Macular Surgery 2nd ed (2009), Age Related Macular Degeneration 2nd ed (2015).

Dr. Alfaro has published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the following publications: the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Archives of Ophthalmology, and others.

He heads up a vigorous clinical trials division that has participated in over 25 important clinical trials for diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, dry macular degeneration, and wet macular degeneration.

To learn more about D. Virgil Alfaro, III, MD, please visit his practice web site at www.retinacharleston.com

3821 Commercial Center Drive
Ladson, SC 29456
(843) 628.5695

Center for Advanced Surgery would like to assure you we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our patients, visitors, and staff safe during the presence of COVID-19. Our facility follows all recommendations from the State of South Carolina and the CDC, to minimize the risk of exposure and infection.

We ask if you have any symptoms, including a fever, flu-like symptoms, cough, shortness of breath, to please contact your physician to reschedule your surgery and call your primary care physician immediately. Additionally, if you have traveled outside of the State of South Carolina in the last 14 days, or have been exposed to an individual suspected or with a confirmed diagnosis of COIVD-19, notify our staff prior to your surgery date.

To maintain social distancing, we ask that you bring only one other person of 18 years of age or older with you into the building during your surgery. Your cooperation in following these guidelines is vital to limit exposure during this challenging time.

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