Uyen L. Tran, M.D.

Jean Ewing Love and James Randle Love Director, Cornea Division Chief


M.D., The Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
B.A., The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Post Graduate Education


Georgetown University Hospitals/Fairfax Hospital, Washington, DC


Ophthalmology, The Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA


Cornea/External Disease/Refractive Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology
Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology
The Cornea Society
Eye Bank Association of America

Honors & Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
Sigma XI
Magna Cum Laude, Catholic University of America
Trainee Investigator Award, American Federation for Clinical Research

Areas of Clinical Expertise

Cataract surgery: Intraocular lens implantation including Toric & Restor lenses Cornea & external diseases
Corneal transplantation: PKP, DSAEK, IEK
Dry Eyes and Blepharitis
Ocular surface reconstruction including:

Amniotic membrane transplantation
Limbal Stem cell transplantation

Implantation of keratoprostheses (artificial cornea)
Refractive Surgery: PTK, PRK, LASIK, Custom Wavefront LASIK, Intralase

Research Interests

Ocular surface reconstruction
Ocular graft versus host disease in bone marrow transplant patients
Biology of corneal wound healing
New Treatments for Dry Eyes
Eye Diseases in Women


Dr. Uyen Tran joined the Vanderbilt Eye Institute as a board certified fellowship-trained corneal and refractive surgeon in July 2002. Dr. Tran grew up in the Washington DC area. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. She then went on to do her surgical internship at Georgetown University and completed residency in Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Her specialty fellowship training in Cornea and Refractive surgery was completed at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Tran specializes in the management of corneal and external diseases, corneal transplantation, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Tran has extensive skills and experience in the state-of-the-art forms of anterior segment surgery- including Bladeless Wavefront guided Custom LASIK, advanced techniques in corneal transplantation, and Keratoprosthetic surgeries. She is the Director of the Cornea & Refractive Surgery Division at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and is also the Associate Medical Director of the Nashville Eye Bank. Dr. Tran lives in the Green Hills area of Nashville with her husband, Dr. Michael Pilla, and their 4 dogs. Her hobbies include Pilates, Yoga, and Photography.