Welcome New Faculty: Dr. Melissa Neuwelt

Q Why did you choose to join the UCSF faculty?

A My esteem for the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology has always been high. I respect the work of the department in caring for patients as well as advancing the field. My time here during medical school is really what inspired me to become an ophthalmologist.

Q Why did you choose vitreoretinal surgery?

A The creative nature of every surgery fascinates me – as a surgeon I am called on to make choices as the process unfolds, based on the uniqueness of each patient. I also enjoy working with colleagues in other medical specialties to manage the patients’ general health, as retinal care requires an understanding of systemic disease.

Q What are you looking forward to at UCSF?

A With the new building, everyone will be together at the Mission Bay campus. It will foster collaboration between the physicians and the various specialties. I’m looking forward to doing more pediatric vitreoretinal surgery, so I’m happy that we will be across the street from the pediatric ophthalmology clinic in the Ron Conway Family Medical Gateway Building.

Q What are your interests outside of ophthalmology?

A I enjoy exploring San Francisco and the foothills of Oakland, trail running, and doing Bikram yoga. I’m training for the New York City Marathon this year. I’m also a mom to a 5-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, and I love traveling and getting outdoors with them and encouraging them to explore.