Our Doctors

NC Retina

Our medical doctors are ophthalmologists specialty trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye.  Each doctor has additional training in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous.  All of the doctors are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and have graduated from the most well respected and competitive training programs throughout the country.  

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Raynor C Casey, MD

Dr Casey founded NC Retina in 1997 after many years in Chapel Hill for college, medical school and residency. 

He then completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Disease at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.     Dr. Casey enjoys ophthalmology because he can care for people of all ages but he especially enjoys spending time with his "more experienced"  patients who can share their many years of wisdom.

Dr. Casey is currently Division Chair of Ophthalmology at Rex Hospital.   He previously served on the Commission for the Blind and as president of the Wake County Medical Society. 

Dr. Casey and his wife have 3 children, a Labrador retriever, a cat, and a new bunny rabbit. They enjoy golf, soccer, tennis, skiing, basketball, lacrosse, traveling and going to the beach.

Education

Retina Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 1996
Ophthalmology Residency, UNC Chapel Hill, 1995
MD, UNC Chapel Hill, 1991
BA, UNC Chapel Hill, 1985

Memberships & Affiliations

American Board of Ophthalmology
American Society Retina Specialists
American Academy Ophthalmology
Divot Society
Wake County Medical Society
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John Denny, MD

“I have always found the eyes and mechanics of vision fascinating. In medical school, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in retinal research and learn more about eye care. I found that ophthalmology offered tremendous opportunity to help improve patients’ quality of life.”

From that time, Dr. Denny has been committed to helping those with eye diseases. Dr. Denny completed a fellowship in vitreo-retinal disease at Emory University in Atlanta. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University where he was chosen by the faculty to serve as Chief Resident. He also attended medical school and completed an internal medicine Internship at Duke University. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina State University in Biochemistry.

“The field of retinal surgery has advanced dramatically in recent years. It’s very exciting to have so many new treatments to offer to our patients. We strive to keep at the cutting edge by participating in the most promising clinical trials.” Dr. Denny is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He currently serves on the board of directors of Prevent Blindness North Carolina, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and the North Carolina Medical Society.

“I strive to provide the best care for all of my patients. As a father, it seems that I talk about the ‘The Golden Rule’ a lot, and I try to apply it to my medical practice as well. I try to treat each person the way I would want to be treated.” Dr. Denny is a Raleigh native and is pleased to be able to practice in his hometown. “I feel very fortunate to be here. North Carolina is such a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Likewise, North Carolina Retina Associates is a wonderful practice. It’s rare to find such a dedicated and talented group.”

Dr. Denny and his wife have two children. They enjoy swimming, biking, reading and spending time at the beach. Primary Specialty: Ophthalmology VitreoRetinal Surgeon In Practice Since: 2007

Education

Retina Fellowship, Emory Eye Center, Atlanta GA, 2007
Chief Residency, Duke Eye Center, Durham NC, 2005
Ophthalmology Residency, Duke Eye Center, Durham NC, 2004
MD, Duke University, Durham NC, 2000
BS, NCSU, Raleigh NC, 1996
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Sachin Mudvari, MD

“My attraction to ophthalmology began when I was volunteering as a medical student in Asia. I saw the tremendous, relatively quick, positive impact ophthalmology could make on one’s vision and overall quality of life.” Dr. Mudvari completed a two-year fellowship in vitreo-retinal disease and surgery at the Rush University Medical Center / Illinois Retina Associates in Chicago. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident. He is a graduate of State University of New York – Syracuse medical school and holds a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University. “Ophthalmology, and in particular retinal surgery, is a unique sub-specialty that combines medicine and microsurgery. Our field is constantly progressing, thus allowing us to provide ever-advancing therapies to our patients.” Dr. Mudvari is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  

“My goal is to provide the best possible care to my patients. I’ve learned this from watching my father, who is an internist. It is a privilege to be a physician and have the rewarding opportunity to improve one’s eye health.” Dr. Mudvari is excited to be in North Carolina, a state he frequently visited as a child. “It is an honor to be part of the North Carolina Retina Associates team. This group of exceptional physicians and dedicated staff provide excellent, compassionate, and state-of-the-art retinal care to our community.”

Dr. Mudvari has a special interest in the improvement of eye care in the developing world and his native Nepal. He regularly travels to the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu to both learn from and teach ophthalmologists in the advancement of vitreo-retinal eye care in the region.

Dr. Mudvari and his wife have two daughters.  They enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking, and hatha yoga.  Languages other than English: Nepali.

Education

Retina Fellowship, Rush University Medical Ctr / Illinois Retina Associates, Chicago IL, 2009
Ophthalmology Residency, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 2007
MD, State University of New York - Syracuse, 2003
AB, Brown University, magna cum laude, 1999

Memberships & Affiliations

American Board of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Wake County Medical Society
American Nepal Medical Foundation
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John Thordsen, MD

Dr. Thordsen completed his fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that, he completed his residency in ophthalmology and internship in general surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He received his medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and holds a bachelor's degree from University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Thordsen is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Prior to joining NC Retina Associates, Dr. Thordsen was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and was on active duty for 14 years. He served in the army as both a vitreo-retinal surgeon and officer in charge for the Western Region Medical Command's humanitarian eye surgical team out of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. Dr. Thordsen organized and carried out more than 10 humanitarian eye surgical missions within Latin America and Africa. He also created the Army's first ophthalmology training curriculum with surgical simulators and its incorporation in all of the Army's ophthalmology residency programs.

Although now out of the Army, Dr. Thordsen continues his humanitarian medical missions with the military as a consultant. Dr. Thordsen was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Spain. He has complete written and oral fluency in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Thordsen and his wife have three children. They both enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. In Practice Since: 2004

Education

Retina Fellowship, Emory Eye Center, Atlanta GA
Ophthalmology Residency, Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC
MD, Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico US
BA, University of Florida, Gainesville FL

Memberships & Affiliations

American Board of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
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Rebecca Manning, MD

Dr. Manning is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.  She fell in love with ophthalmology as a second year medical student and then realized she had a passion for vitreoretinal diseases and their treatment.  She did her fellowship at Wake Forest University and knew that she wanted to stay in the state of North Carolina.  She says that finding the perfect practice for her in North Carolina, NC Retina Associates, made her decision easy.  Her goal is to treat each patient as she would a member of her family and maximize each patient’s vision and quality of life.

Dr. Manning received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She attended the University of Alabama Birmingham for medical school and Medical University of South Carolina for internship and ophthalmology residency.  She then completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at Wake Forest University.
 
Dr. Manning is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Manning enjoys yoga, running, cooking, travel, and tennis.

Education

Retina Fellowship, Wake Forest University, Wake Forest NC, 2012
Ophthalmology Residency, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC, 2010
MD, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL, 2006
BA, University of Georgia, Athens GA, 2002

Memberships & Affiliations

American Board of Ophtalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
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Rahul Mandiga, MD

Rahul Mandiga, M.D. is fellowship-trained in the medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disease. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Mandiga has a particular interest in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, age-related macular degeneration, and macular surgery. “Vitreoretinal surgery is a burgeoning field with many potential breakthroughs in treatment on the horizon. I am excited to join a North Carolina Retina Associates team known for providing these cutting-edge developments for patients.”

Dr. Mandiga was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from Tufts University in Medford, MA and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He completed his ophthalmology residency training in Cleveland, OH at University Hospitals Eye Institute/Case Western Reserve University. As a resident, Dr. Mandiga helped organize multiple volunteer eye screenings in the community and helped establish a regular free eye clinic at The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. He was appointed by his faculty to serve as Chief Resident of the residency program. Dr. Mandiga completed his training with a two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Retina and Vitreous of Texas, in Houston, TX. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists and has presented research at national meetings.

Dr. Mandiga is excited to be in North Carolina and honored to join a reputable group of vitreoretinal surgeons. He hopes to continue the tradition of providing the high quality, compassionate care that is expected of North Carolina Retina Associates and becoming a part of the Triangle community.

In his spare time, Dr. Mandiga enjoys spending time with his wife, who is pursuing her residency training. They enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, music, hockey, and football.

Education

Retina Fellowship, Retina and Vitreous of Texas, Houston TX
Ophthalmology Residency, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland OH
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston MA
BA, Tufts University, Medford MA

Memberships & Affiliations

American Board of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists