Mehdi Shaaf, M.D.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist is a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the visual pathways. Areas of concentration are the regions surrounding the eye, including tear ducts and eyelids. Ophthalmologists are trained in eye surgery, including laser eye surgery (LASIK), which involves using a laser to reconstruct the cornea. Subspecialties within ophthalmology focus on cataracts, glaucoma and ocular oncology. Ophthalmologists can also specialize in pediatric ophthalmology, dealing with diseases of the visual pathways in children. An ophthalmologist should not be confused with an optometrist, who can perform eye exams and prescribe corrective lenses, or opticians, who are trained to grind lenses.
Dr. Monshizadeh received his Bachelor of Science in bioengineering from University of California, San Diego. He obtained his medical degree from University of Southern California and performed his internship I at University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Monshizadeh completed his residency and a two year fellowship in vitreoretinal disease and surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. He then joined the faculty of the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology where he engaged in practice of academic as well as clinical ophthalmology. He is an author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology literature. He is a regular contributor at the national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Monshizadeh is available for consultation in all areas of ophthalmology with expertise in medical and surgical vitreoretinal disease.
Dr. Grant Vorster
Dr. Grant Vorster was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Optometry from Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg). He then established an optometry practice in Botswana at Gaborone Private Hospital.
Dr. Vorster obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry’s Advanced Standing International Program in 2002. He completed a residency in Ocular Disease at the world- renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami’s School of Medicine. Dr. Vorster has published articles in The Review of Optometry and Optometric Management, as well as presented at the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Vorster has also lived in the Coachella Valley since 2003.
A summa cum laude graduated at the university of Central Oklahoma at Edmond, Dr. Shaaf was a chemistry major and received “Senior of the year “ award from the chemistry department.
He was named “outstanding undergraduate student in the college of Mathematics and science” in 1988-89, and received the Fleming scholarship research award from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 1988.
Dr. Shaaf received his “ Medical degree with distinction “ from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Centers at Oklahoma City, where he went on to complete his internship.
In 1995, he began his ophthalmology residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Science and served as Chief Resident during his final year.
As an ophthalmology resident, Dr. Shaaf received the “Raymond and Marry Morris award for outstanding research. “
He then joined the faculty of the university of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an assistant professor of ophthalmology where he trained future ophthalmologists as well as practicing clinical comprehensive ophthalmology.
After almost five years, he joined Inland Eye Institute to become the full time ophthalmologist in our Palm Desert Clinic and surgery Center. Dr. Shaaf provides comprehensive ophthalmic care. He performs Cataract, Laser surgery, Glaucoma and eye lid surgeries.