Rachel Sobel, M.D.


M.D., University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

B.A.,  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Magna Cum Laude, History and Science


Postgraduate Training

Residency- Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship- University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Iowa City, IA


Professional Affiliations

7/2007-present           American Academy of Ophthalmology

 6/2014-present          American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 



American Board of Ophthalmology


Areas of Clinical Expertise

Her areas of expertise are eyelid surgery, brow lifting, Mohs reconstructive surgery, orbital tumors, tear duct surgery, thyroid eye disease, eye removal, trauma and cosmetics.


Dr. Sobel is originally from Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from University of California at San Francisco. She completed her residency training at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and then a two–year oculoplastics fellowship program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to joining Vanderbilt Eye Institute, she was director of the division of Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery at Boston Medical Center/Boston University where she was an assistant professor and taught medical students and residents.  Dr. Sobel has been a medical columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and US News and World Report. She has contributed to NPR and New England Journal of Medicine and is an active contributor to scientific publications. She is board certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.