Dr. David Stager, Jr.

Ophthalmology and eye care

Dr. David Stager, Jr. is a highly respected ophthalmologist with a passion for providing exceptional eye care and improving the lives of his patients. With over three decades of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted authority in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus.


Dr. Stager’s journey in medicine began in Dallas, where he grew up and attended St. Mark’s School of Texas. He went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude. Driven by a thirst for knowledge and cultural enrichment, he furthered his education by studying European history in Oxford, Spain, and Paris.


Continuing his pursuit of medical excellence, Dr. Stager earned his medical degree and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. It was during this time that he developed a profound interest in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, ultimately leading him to pursue a fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., under the guidance of Dr. Marshall M. Parks, a pioneering figure in the field.


Throughout his career, Dr. Stager has actively contributed to the advancement of ophthalmology. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and continues to collaborate closely with nonprofit eye research institutes. Dr. Stager’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond his local community, as he has served as a Past President and Board member of the Lighthouse for Christ Mission, a charitable ophthalmology hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.


Dr. Stager’s expertise and dedication have been recognized by various professional organizations. He is a member of esteemed associations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the Texas Ophthalmological Association (TOA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Dallas Pediatric Medical Society. His exceptional contributions to the field led to his acceptance into the American Ophthalmological Society in 2013.


As a testament to his commitment to research and education, Dr. Stager has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to ophthalmology textbooks. He has also been invited as a guest lecturer in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, sharing his knowledge and expertise with fellow professionals globally.


In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Stager is actively involved in teaching and mentoring the next generation of ophthalmologists. He serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he imparts his knowledge and experience to aspiring medical professionals.


Dr. David Stager, Jr. is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care to his patients. His unwavering commitment to the field of ophthalmology, his involvement in research and education, and his philanthropic efforts in underserved communities make him a highly respected figure in the field. Dr. Stager’s expertise and passion for excellence continue to positively impact the lives of his patients and advance the field of ophthalmology as a whole.

Professional Credentials


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History (cum laude) from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. (under Dr. Marshall M. Parks)
  • Residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Transitional Internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Houston, TX


  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Practice in Plano, TX since 2010
  • Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX since 1996
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Center for Adult Strabismus Practice in Dallas and Plano, TX from 1996 to 2009

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