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Sam Navon, Ophthalmologist

Dr. Navon is a graduate of the US Medical Scientist Training Program, earning his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Rochester in 1989. The research for his doctorate in biophysics, conducted at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, explored the profound similarities been visual and hormonal signaling. A year of medical internship was followed by extensive training in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, including residency and additional years for chief residency and fellowship.

Dr. Navon's began his career in academic and clinical ophthalmology at the largest eye hospital in the world, the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, in Riyadh. There, he co-founded the country's first ophthalmic fellowship program and was director of medical education. He returned to the US in 2000, where he was an owner of Carolina Ophthalmology, a private practice in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Dr. Navon was the primary cornea specialist and cataract surgeon for Western North Carolina.

In 2013, Dr. Navon was invited to help create the Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and worked there for 10 years before coming to the Hoskinson Health & Wellness Clinic. During his time at CCAD, Dr. Navon was chief of cataract and corneal surgery and director of the ophthalmology residency program. His clinical research focused on corneal transplantation, keratoconus and dry eye.