Dr. Runner is a fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon and ophthalmologist who specializes in all aspects of retinal disease. She has extensive training in the latest surgical techniques and treatments available for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and epiretinal membranes (macular pucker). Her expertise includes advance macular hole surgical repairs with autologous retinal transplantation, ILM flaps, or grafts and managing cataract surgery complications with scleral fixated intraocular lenses.
Dr. Runner grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors and research distinction from the University of Georgia. She received her MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She went on to work in the Robert Gross’ neuro-engineering lab to develop a novel gene therapy to regenerate retinal ganglion cells after injury and was awarded the prestigious American Association of Neurological Surgeons research fellowship.
Dr. Runner completed her internship in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She then matched at the nationally-ranked Roski Eye Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) for ophthalmology residency, where she was appointed Co-Chief Resident at the Los Angeles County Hospital. After residency, Dr. Runner completed her fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the top-ranked Associated Retinal Consultants / Beaumont health in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Dr. Runner’s work and research has led to numerous publications, grant awards, and presentations at national meetings. She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Mid-Year Forum Congressional Advocacy, the American Society of Retina Specialists, Vit-Buckle Society, and the Association in Research of Vision and Ophthalmology.
In her free time, Dr. Runner enjoys being out on the lake with her friends, family, and Yorkie pup – Rolo. She is excited to make Texas her new home and join the RCT family ... and little Rolo is adjusting nicely to life as a Texas lake dog.
Vitreoretinal Surgery, Fellowship
Ophthalmology Residency, Chief resident
Transitional Year, Internship
Doctor of Medicine
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors and CURO Research Scholar Distinction