Foundation Advisory Board

Kara Cavuoto, MD

Kara Cavuoto, MD

Kara M. Cavuoto, MD
Term: July 2019 - July 2023
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami, FL

Dr. Kara Cavuoto is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Clinical Pediatrics at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 

Dr. Cavuoto attended both college and medical school at the University of Miami as part of the Honors Program in Medicine combined BS-MD degree program.  She completed an internal medicine internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, followed by an ophthalmology residency and a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  She is board certified in ophthalmology and currently practices at both the Miami and Palm Beach Gardens offices of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  She evaluates and treats patients with pediatric eye disorders, including amblyopia and strabismus, as well as adults with strabismus. 

As the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Anne Bates Leach Eye Center, Kara leads the team of physicians, optometrists, and nurses providing eye care to patients in the unique 24-hour ocular emergency room. She also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology at the University of Miami, overseeing all ophthalmology clerkships and pre-clinical graduate coursework and advising medical students applying for ophthalmology residency. She has also played active roles in national committees for the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Her efforts have been recognized with honors such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award, the Women in Ophthalmology’s Emerging Leader Award, and the American Medical Women’s Association’s Exceptional Mentor Award.