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Avni P. Finn, MD, MBA

Avni P. Finn, MD, MBA, Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates


  • Undergraduate School
    Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Medical School
    Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
  • Masters of Business Administation
    Tuck Schoool of Business at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
  • Ophthalmology Residency
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship
    Duke University Department of Ophthalmology, Durham, NC


Dr. Finn was born in London, but moved to the United States at a young age, growing up in Claremont, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University and also minored in Spanish. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the Cap and Gown Women's Honor Society. Dr. Finn then went on to pursue both her medical degree and a business degree at the Dartmouth School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Dr. Finn completed her ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. While in residency she received the Gragoudas Prize for her clinical research. She also was a recipient of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, awarded nationally to top clinical residents in ophthalmology.

Dr. Finn then performed a fellowship in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. During fellowship, she received the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation award, given select outstanding fellows in vitreoretinal surgery.

Dr. Finn is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She has published numerous original research articles on a wide variety of retinal diseases including new techniques for macular hole surgery, the use of intraoperative OCT imaging, and biomarkers of atrophy and scar in macular degeneration. She has also published several book chapters on a wide variety of retinal and ophthalmic topics including diabetic retinopathy, macular hole surgery, ocular trauma, and endophthalmitis among other topics. She is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Finn enjoys swimming, yoga, running, skiing, cooking, and hiking. She was a member of the Stanford Women's Squash Club team for four years.

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