Dr. Donald Meadows has had a front-row seat to the birth and growth of Gulf Coast Eye Institute as he has been there since day one. One benefit of practicing in the same area for more than 30 years is that Dr. Meadows has had the privilege of serving generations of Rio Grande families in his career. It was a long and winding road that led Dr. Meadows to the field of ophthalmology.
He served in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Auburn University of a naval ROTC scholarship. At the end of his Navy days, he taught high school science for a few years before applying to medical school. Dr. Meadows received his medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama and completed his residency training at the University of Alabama Eye Foundation. A rigorous fellowship in Retinal Diseases and Surgery took him to Albany Medical College in New York, where he taught in the department of ophthalmology for two years. From Albany, he returned to Alabama, serving as an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Alabama Medical School in Mobile. He next practiced in Wichita, Kansas with the Vitreo Retinal Consultants and Surgeons, P.A. In Wichita, he was appointed an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical School Wichita Branch. After seven cold winters, he came to Harlingen, Texas joining the Valley Eye Center, P.A., now Gulf Coast Eye Institute.
During this season, Dr. Meadows mainly focuses his work on retinal research, although he still sees patients with retinal issues, cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Meadows practices at the Harlingen and McAllen locations of Gulf Coast Eye Institute.