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Muge R. Kesen, M.D.

Board-Certified Retina Specialist

“I am actively involved and engaged in every step of my patients’ retina care.”

Dr. Muge Kesen --  a clinician-researcher at Retina Specialty Institute in The Villages, Inverness, and Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Muge R. Kesen is a clinician-researcher through-and-through. Her desire for diving deep to solve problems for both her patients and the scientific community has earned her a reputation as being an actively involved retina specialist. She welcomes patients in The Villages, Inverness and Gainesville locations in Central Florida.

Originally from Turkey, Dr. Kesen was inspired by her father to become a physician. Prior to her fellowship in medical retina at Duke University and her vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she had also completed an ocular inflammation and immunology fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A researcher, Dr. Kesen takes personal satisfaction in advancing literature in the field of retina. She is a scientific reviewer for journals in ophthalmology and a sought-after speaker; sharing her knowledge on topics such as ocular immunology, uveitis, and other clinical advances in vitreoretinal diseases.

Aside from her contributions and active involvement in clinical research, Dr. Kesen is a compassionate practitioner with a real passion for making sure her patients have the best quality of care. Dr. Kesen especially enjoys the relationship with her patients, always communicating in a way that is both clear and understandable. She considers it a great honor to be part of a patient’s care: to restore their sight, improve their vision and their quality of life.

A Rewarding Mission

“Helping people improve and maintain their quality of life is the most rewarding aspect of what I do.”

Making a Difference

“When reflecting on my career thus far, I’m proud to have founded the uveitis service at West Virginia University, the first in the state, and to have earned the opportunity to work as a part-time NIH immunology physician researcher, which allows for better understanding of inflammatory eye diseases.”

An Active Partner

“I am actively involved and engaged in every step of my patients’ retina care.”

Improving Patient Care

“To me, visionary retina care means the ability to see the bigger picture and think beyond current options. At Retina Specialty Institute, we are on the frontline of improvement in the field, which improves patient care.”


Medical Degree, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Ophthalmology, Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Vitreoretinal Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD
Medical Retina, Duke Eye Center, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.
Ocular Inflammatory Diseases and Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision (ARVO), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

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