Sylvia Hargrave, MD FACS is currently the Chief of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Trauma at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, one of the oldest and most well-respected hospitals in Dallas. She is the owner, founder, and chief operating officer of The Hargrave Eye Center. Dr. Hargrave was recruited by Paul Farrow, director of physician recruiting, and Howard Chase, former president of Methodist Medical Center in 2002. Methodist Dallas Medical Center has been recognized among the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission for achieving excellence in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve patient care.
Dr. Hargrave was honored to be recruited to head the ophthalmology department at Methodist Medical Center. Since 1927, Methodist Dallas Medical Center has served North Texas as a leader in sophisticated, compassionate medical care with world-class medical education and residency programs. Methodist Dallas Medical Center is also the main referral center for Methodist Health System and one of the leading hospitals in Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center hospital features all-private rooms with 515 beds and a medical staff of over 250 physicians with expertise in over 60 medical specialties.
In March 2003, The Hargrave Eye Center opened its doors at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
Established by Dr. Hargrave, The Hargrave Eye Center has become a go-to for all types of vision appointments—from routine checkups to emergency concerns. The success of the Hargrave Eye Center is a reflection of Dr. Hargrave’s extensive education, distinct experience, and renown ties to the surrounding medical community.
Dr. Hargrave completed her advanced cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery training at the prestigious University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in 1996. She was trained by three world renowned ophthalmologists: Dr. James P. McCulley, Dr. H. Dwight Cavanaugh, and Dr. Robert Wayne Bomwan. These three men have been paramount in training hundreds of ophthalmologists worldwide, including many of the leaders in the field. Dr. Hargrave, who has also trained many ophthalmology residents and cornea fellows, is one of these leaders.
After completion of her fellowship training, Dr. Hargrave was invited by Dr. James P McCulley to join the full-time academic faculty at UTSW. During her tenure at UTSW, Dr. Hargrave was awarded two research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study how to improve corneal transplant survival in a mouse model. Her most stellar research achievement was being awarded a 2 million dollar grant from the NIH to study ways to decrease corneal transplant rejection in the presence of severe environmental allergies. She also reported the results of this important research at local and national scientific meetings. Dr. Hargrave published her results in dozens of peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Hargrave currently uses many of the techniques that she researched and developed from animal-models to improve the survival of corneal transplants in people.
For almost 10 years as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology she also taught ophthalmology residents and fellows how to perform corneal transplants, cataract surgery, and refractive surgery. Her clinical, teaching, and research experiences provided the foundation for her to oversee the ophthalmology department at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.