The Up and Comers: Kara Cavuoto

Meet Kara Cavuoto of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, an honoree in the health care category of the 2020 Up and Comer Awards

SFBW’s Up & Comer Awards honors young professionals who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community and demonstrated leadership. To learn more about this year’s event, taking place Oct. 14, click here.


Kara Cavuoto is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kara attended both college and medical school at the University of Miami as part of the Honors Program in Medicine combined BS-MD degree program. She completed ophthalmology residency and a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and subsequently joined the faculty in 2012. As the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Anne Bates Leach Eye Center, Kara leads the team of physicians, optometrists and nurses providing eye care to patients in the unique 24-hour ocular emergency room. She also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology, overseeing the ophthalmology clerkships and advising medical students applying for ophthalmology residency.

Favorite quote: “What you give power has power.” —D.C.

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