Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Cornea Specialist
Sheila Pabon, M.D., a bright mind, innovative thinker and precise surgeon with a warm heart brings a youthful zest to Tampa Bay’s premier ophthalmology center, the Robson Eye Institute, in Clearwater, Florida.
As the medical director of Robson Eye Institute, Sheila is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in comprehensive eye care, such as corneal conditions, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, retinal diseases and performing refractive surgery.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Sheila grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia, loving the idea of taking care of patients by watching and working alongside her aunt who practices medicine.
“I spent many summers shadowing my aunt who is a family practice physician in Colombia,” Pabon said. “It sparked my passion for helping people.”
Sheila moved to the United States in 2004 to attend the Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She attended medical school at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she graduated at the top of her class.
“I became uniquely interested in outpatient medicine and surgery. Outpatient medicine allows you to create a long-term relationship with patients and their families over many years. Surgery in ophthalmology allows you to significantly improve a patient’s quality of life within a few hours or even minutes,” Pabon said.
Sheila discovered her passion for cornea pathology during her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
“I found the eye to be a very artistic structure. The first time I looked at an iris and a retina through a slit lamp, I was fascinated by their detail and beauty,” Pabon said.
Sheila subsequently pursued a fellowship with the world-renowned cornea specialist, Francis Price, Jr., M.D. During her time with the Price Vision Group, she participated in cutting-edge corneal surgery, including DMEK, DSEK, ALK and PK.
Sheila also specializes in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, the diagnosis of retinal disorders and glaucoma treatment. She has experience with the latest advances in minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery such as the XEN Gel Stent, which lowers eye pressure when other surgical procedures and/or medications have failed.
Sheila brings her wealth of experience and genuine care for patients to the Robson Eye Institute.
Outside of work, she enjoys Tampa’s renowned beaches, Latin food, exercising, playing sports, going to comedy clubs, trying new restaurants, learning to speak Italian and traveling.
“I enjoy waking up early to walk on the beach and later seeing the sun set over the bay. I also enjoy the delicious Latin food that Tampa has to offer,” Pabon said. “Most of all, though, I take great pride in providing top-quality care to patients.”