Dr. Tihomira Petkova, OD, PhD
Dr. Petkova is a clinician scientist practicing in private setting in Houston, TX. As a board certified therapeutic optometrist and glaucoma specialist she is actively involved in all facets of optometry. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, managing patients with ocular pathologies and strives for every patient to achieve healthy eyes and the best possible visual outcome. As a scientist Dr. Petkova has worked on research projects from the front to the back of the eye; from understanding corneal wound healing in response to infections and inflammation to unraveling the molecular mechanisms involved in retinal development and optic nerve regeneration. Her research work has taken her from the University of Houston to Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha and back to Houston to Baylor College of Medicine. She has presented her work at multiple international conferences and is a published author of research articles and a book chapter. For her contributions to vision science Dr. Petkova has received multiple awards amongst which most notably are the American Optometric Foundation Ezell Fellowship and the Fight for Sight Foundation Award. In her free time Dr. Petkova enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, reading and artesian bread baking. She is fluent in English and Bulgarian, proficient in Russian and has knowledge of medical Spanish.
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Education and training
- The University of Southern Mississippi (Bachelor's)
- University of Houston, Doctor of Optometry
- University of Houston, PhD in Physiological Optics
Awards and publications
- Huang LC, Petkova TD, Reins RY, Proske RJ, McDermott AM. (2006) Multifunctional roles of human cathelicidin (LL-37) at the ocular surface. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 47: 2369-2380
- 2009 Borish William C. Ezell Award
- 2010 AAO Award
16568 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX 77479