|Originally from Emporium, Pennsylvania, Dr.
Doug McGraw is more than familiar with smalltown
living. A sleepy community with less than
2,000 residents, Emporium left everything to
the imagination, and that need for creativity
pushed Doug to become adventurous at an
early age. He would spend most of his time
exploring the town’s surrounding forests and
creeks, developing a love for all the outdoors
had to offer.
Doug’s parents were high school teachers, and they instilled the importance of seeking a decent and meaningful education. As a child, Doug ran around telling everyone how he would someday become a doctor, and as he grew older, the commitment to that career path only intensified.
When he graduated high school, he applied to the University of Pennsylvania to chase his dream.
|Rather than select a standard major like
biology or psychology, Doug elected to study
the biological basis of behavior, a major
developed by a former pre-med student. The
major focused on neurobiology and offered
some specialized classes like one on the
physiology and anatomy of the senses. It was
here that he fell in love with the visual system
and decided to be an ophthalmologist.
While in college, Doug wrestled collegiately and was on track to wrestle in the 2012 Olympics, getting as far as training at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center one summer. Unfortunately his body had different plans and after undergoing his third ACL reconstructive surgery he decided to give up on wrestling. The injuries afforded him ample time in his orthopedic surgeon’s office, and the experience only strengthened his determination to become a doctor and help others.
Doug was accepted to Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006 and received his specialty ophthalmology training in Tucson and Phoenix. After completing his residency in Michigan in 2013, he moved to Northern California and began practicing surgery in Davis. This year, Doug heard through a mutual acquaintance that North Valley Eye Care in Chico was quickly expanding and looking for another surgeon. He met with the company’s CEO, Dr. Isaac Barthelow, and the two decided he would be a perfect fit for the growing practice.
October marks the completion of Dr. McGraw’s first month in Chico, and he couldn’t be more excited about his decision. As he says, "Chico has all the amenities one would need, but still has the small town vibe that I grew up in. It’s just big enough and has a soul to it. I love that Sacramento Valley Cataract Specialists is a younger practice; everyone is trained in the newest procedures and technologies, and no one is stagnant or stuck in the ways of the past. It’s a great group of doctors who genuinely care about their patients, which is a unique combination to find."
Dr. McGraw is the third surgical ophthalmologist at Sacramento Valley Cataract Specialists, following Dr. Barthelow, and Dr. Ransbarger, the practice’s pediatric ophthalmologist. As an anterior segment surgeon, he specializes in cataracts, glaucoma, and surface and lid surgeries; he is also the resident ophthalmologist at the group’s Marysville clinic. His residency at Sacramento Valley Cataract Specialists further expands the group’s capabilities and adds four new surgery scheduling opportunities each day for their patients, making their practice even more welcoming than before.