Dr. Niraj Patel, MD

Dr. Niraj Patel, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Niraj Patel, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from University Of Michigan Medical School-Ann Arbor in 1994 and specializes in ophthalmology, anterior segment ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

3602 S 19th St

Tacoma, WA 98405

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
  • ODS Health Plan
  • 4 More

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 98% of peers
Dry Eyes
very high
more than 95% of peers
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Patel's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Patel "Dr. Patel enjoys family time, golfing, hiking, and traveling."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Patel "Dr. Niraj Patel is a fellowship trained corneal and vision correction surgery specialist who has been in private practice at since 2001. He currently works at Pacific Northwest Eye Associates and has dedicated his practice to vision correction surgery, cataract, and corneal diseases in addition to his work in general ophthalmology. Involved with refractive surgery since 1996, Dr. Patel has extensive experience with Laser Vision Correction (LASIK and PRK) involving thousands of cases. He was the first surgeon in Western Washington to be certified for the Visian Implantable Contact Lens (ICL). He has lectured and taught residents and physicians from across the nation and has been involved in numerous research projects in the fields of cornea and refractive surgery. Dr. Patel is board certified in ophthalmology. More information available on his website at www.pateleye.com"
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7  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

26  Conditions Treated

  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Farsightedness
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Nearsightedness
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Refractive Error
  • Senile Cataracts

12  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
  • University Of Michigan Medical School-Ann Arbor
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • William Beaumont Hospital-Internship
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Wills Eye Hospital-Residency In Ophthalmology
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University Of Utah, Moran Eye Center-Cataract, Cornea, and Vision Correction Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, 2006
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1990
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2008
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (Medical School), 1993
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, 2008
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, 2005
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, 2007
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2009
  • Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2011
Media & Publications

Dr. Patel has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Patel's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Patel to family and friends
24 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (24)

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  • 1

Dr. Patel's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Very personable and a very good surgeon. Need cataract surgery in Tacoma? This is the person you want to see.
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I am a nurse practitioner myself and did a lot of research before deciding upon Visian lens surgery as I was not a candidate for less invasive procedures. After the experience I can truly saw I was impressed from my initial consult all the way through surgery and after. Dr Patel does fantastic...more
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Dr Patel and his staff have spent extra time and effort to get the correct prescription so I can read without headaches after my cataract surgeries and YAG procedure. Dr Patel also follows me for a couple of medical conditions that can affect my eyes. They have always been patient and friendly....more
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