A native Texan, Dr. Boozalis grew up along the Texas Gulf coast in Lake Jackson, attending Texas A&M, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biochemistry in only three years. Dr. Boozalis received numerous awards, honors, fellowships, and scholarships during his collegiate career including the Gathright Academic Excellence Award, the Lechner Fellowship, the Freeman Scholarship, and selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Dr. Boozalis was one of the first graduates of A&M to be accepted at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
After receiving his medical degree in 1987, Dr. Boozalis returned to Texas for his internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He was then accepted to the world renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. Dr. Boozalis performed fellowship specialty training at this top ranked ophthalmology program studying corneal and cataract surgeries (including the latest in refractive surgery). While in Florida he also taught eye surgery to the residents in training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Boozalis has performed numerous research projects and published and presented many papers during his ophthalmic career. Board Certified in Ophthalmology, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of numerous ophthalmic and medical societies. Dr. Boozalis brings the latest advances in ophthalmic surgery and clinical skill to our area. His dedication to his field is an asset to us all.
Dr. Boozalis returned to Texas in 1995 to develop the Victoria Eye Center. Modeled after the world renowned eye centers he trained at, Dr. Boozalis hopes to continue the growth of Victoria Eye Center in order to provide the best quality ophthalmic care for our community.
Dr. Boozalis brings the same skill and dedication to our under privileged both here and abroad. He participates locally in charitable ophthalmic care programs and and served for many years in Central America as part of the Benevolent Mission International’s Christian ophthalmic mission to Belize. This dedication to providing charitable Christian ophthalmic care led to his development of the Bartimaeus Foundation. The foundation financially supports these Christian ophthalmic missions. Most recently he has completed his Masters degree in Theology and has been active in founding an Orthodox Christian Mission Church in Victoria (www.allsaintsvictoria.org).
His wife, Debbie, also a native Texan and an Aggie, graduated from the Baylor School of Law and practiced law until beginning their family. They are blessed with five wonderful children, Amanda, Jaclyn, Theodore, Hannah, and Stephanie.