Dr. David Stager, Jr., an esteemed ophthalmologist with over 30 years of experience, has dedicated his career to providing unparalleled eye care with a specialization in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Born and raised in Dallas, he pursued his education at St. Mark’s School of Texas and Southern Methodist University, graduating with honors and engaging in cultural studies across Europe.
Dr. Stager’s medical journey unfolded at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he earned his medical degree and completed his residency. Under the mentorship of Dr. Marshall M. Parks, he undertook a fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., focusing on his passion for children’s eye health.
A driving force in the advancement of ophthalmology, Dr. Stager has actively served on various boards including the Retina Foundation of the Southwest. His philanthropic efforts extend to international horizons, where he has made remarkable contributions as a Past President and Board member of the Lighthouse for Christ Mission in Kenya.
Recognized for his exceptional expertise, Dr. Stager is affiliated with prestigious organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and was accepted into the American Ophthalmological Society in 2013.
An avid researcher and educator, Dr. Stager has authored numerous publications and been an invited speaker across continents. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, he guides the next generation of ophthalmologists, sharing his wisdom and experience.
Dr. Stager’s commitment to his patients goes beyond his impressive professional credentials. His personalized and compassionate care, coupled with his dedication to research, education, and philanthropy, marks him as a respected and influential figure in ophthalmology. His relentless pursuit of excellence continues to impact the lives of countless individuals and contribute significantly to his field.
What is your typical day, and how do you make it productive?
My day begins with meditation and prayer followed by a strong cup of coffee. I start work early and am usually finished around 2:30 and workout every day. Exercise and meditation are key to a healthy and productive mindset.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Mediation and mindfulness are keys to my creative energy.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Artificial intelligence and flying cars are exciting trends which will change are lives in the near future.
What is one habit that helps you be productive?
Meditation and exercise.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Tell us something you believe almost nobody agrees with you on?
The best days are yet to come.
What is the one thing you repeatedly do and recommend everyone else do?
Exercise and fitness.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
Pray and meditate.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business or advance in your career?
Compassion and the golden rule will always work to your advantage.
What is one failure in your career, how did you overcome it, and what lessons did you take away from it?
I learned a valuable lesson of choosing peace over being right following my divorce. That was key to my well being.
What is one business idea you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Always side with your customers.
What is one piece of software that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
Using the reminders app on my phone is extremely helpful in staying organized.
Do you have a favorite book or podcast you’ve gotten a ton of value from and why?
The Book of Charlie is outstanding. It espouses stoicism and mindfulness, the wisdom and advice from a 109 year old man.
What’s a movie or series you recently enjoyed and why?
The Chosen on Angel network is outstanding as it traces the life of Jesus.
-Use mindfulness and prayer to promote compassion and productivity.
-Exercise daily to promote physical and mental health
-Resilience comes from choosing to be positive and optimistic when facing adversity
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