Our Doctors

Abdhish R. Bhavsar, M.D.

Dr. Bhavsar joined the Retina Center in 1997. He grew up in Michigan and graduated from Dartmouth College and the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Duke University and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he was honored with the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship. He then completed his retina fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.

Dr. Bhavsar is board certified in ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Vitreous Society. He is past president of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology and past Chair of the Phillips Eye Institute Department of Ophthalmology. He has received the Senior Honor Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Secretariat Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bhavsar and his wife Mary who is a Glaucoma Specialists have three young children. His hobbies include art, auto racing, and music.

Geoffrey G. Emerson, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Emerson grew up in Seattle, Washington. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in chemical engineering. He received his M.D./Ph.D. also from Yale. His doctoral thesis addressed cell-to-cell communication between endothelial and smooth muscle cells in blood vessels.

Dr. Emerson completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins, where he received the Mitchell Prize and Julia Haller Prize for research in optical coherence tomography. He performed his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon where he received the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship and the Ronald G. Michels Award. He is board certified in ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Emerson lives in Minneapolis. He enjoys basketball, tennis, and hiking with his family.

Dr. Emerson is Chair at the Phillips Eye Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota.

M. Vaughn Emerson, M.D.

Dr. Emerson was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University. He received his M.D. from Yale University. He completed his internship at the University of Hawaii and his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.

He completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, and was honored with the Ronald G. Michels Award. Before joining the Retina Center, he served as the Assistant Chief of Service of the Wilmer Eye Institute and Assistant Director of the Wilmer Trauma Center. His training also includes work in the fields of pediatric and adult ocular oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering-Cancer Center in New York. He is board certified in ophthalmology and is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Jacob M. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jones grew up near Washington, D.C. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a combined degree in chemistry and biology. He earned his medical and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University. His graduate thesis was on membrane protein identification and import by the peroxisome, a subcellular organelle.

Dr. Jones completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, where he received the W. Richard Greene prize for excellence in teaching and the James Handa Prize for research into the tissue localization of lipid processing enzymes in the retina. He travelled to Oregon to complete his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland. He is board certified in ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Jones lives with his wife and three children in Minneapolis.

Yevgeniy V. Sychev, M.D.

Dr. Sychev came to the United States from Russia at age 17 and settled in California where he attended the University of California, Davis graduating summa sum laude with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. He completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis followed by an internal medicine internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his medical training Dr. Sychev was awarded a Research to Prevent Blindness grant to complete a year-long research fellowship. His laboratory work focused on a novel biopharmaceutical approach to restore sight to eyes affected by retinal degeneration.

Following residency Dr. Sychev continued his training in Seattle completing a fellowship in uveitis. He then pursued a vitreo-retinal fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis. He joined the Retina Center following completion of his training. He has authored several peer reviewed articles and a book chapter. Dr. Sychev lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children. His hobbies are reading and outdoor activities with his family.