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Brittni A. Scruggs, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Ophthalmologist

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Brittni Scruggs, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified adult and pediatric vitreoretinal surgeon. Her clinical expertise includes:

  • Scleral buckling and vitrectomy procedures for complex retinal detachment repair
  • Pediatric lensectomy for ectopia lentis and persistent fetal vasculature
  • Macular surgery for epiretinal membranes, macular holes, vitreomacular traction, and subretinal hemorrhages
  • Scleral fixation of secondary intraocular lenses for dislocated lenses or aphakia
  • Retinal laser for retinal tears, Stickler syndrome, vitreoretinopathies, diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, and other retinal vascular diseases
  • Inherited retinal diseases, such as achromatopsia, albinism, Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS), Best disease, choroideremia, cone-rod dystrophies, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR), retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Stargardt disease, Stickler syndrome, and X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS)
  • Evaluation and management of age-related macular degeneration, Coats disease, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Scruggs teaches medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows, and she participates in several clinical trials for inherited retinal diseases. As one of the Principal Investigators in the Mayo Retinal Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Scruggs focuses on the optimization of gene therapy and cell-based therapy for improved safety and efficacy in patients with retinal degeneration. She is a member of the Mayo Gene Therapy Working Group.

  1. Best vitelliform macular dystrophy
  2. Diabetic retinopathy
  3. Epiretinal membrane
  4. Eye floaters
  5. Eye infection
  6. Eye injury
  7. Genetic eye disease
  8. Inherited retinal disorders
  9. Macular degeneration
  10. Macular edema
  11. Macular hole
  12. Pediatric trauma
  13. Retinal artery occlusion
  14. Retinal degeneration
  15. Retinal detachment
  16. Retinal disease
  17. Retinal vein occlusion
  18. Retinitis pigmentosa
  19. Retinopathy of prematurity
  20. Stargardt's disease
  21. Stickler syndrome
  22. Vitreous detachment
  23. Vitreous hemorrhage
  1. Anti-VEGF injection therapy
  2. Eye injection
  3. Gene therapy
  4. Genetic counseling
  5. Laser eye surgery
  6. Lens replacement surgery
  7. Optical coherence tomography
  8. Photodynamic therapy
  9. Retinal angiogram
  10. Retinal exam
  11. Retinal surgery
  12. Scleral buckling
  13. Visual electrophysiology
  14. Vitrectomy
  • Vitreoretinal surgery and diseases
  • Pediatric retinal diseases
  • Inherited retinal diseases
  • Retinal Regenerative Medicine
  1. 2021
    Fellow - Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellow, Department of OphthalmologyCasey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
  2. 2019
    Resident - Resident Physician, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Institute for Vision ResearchUniversity of Iowa
  3. 2015
    MD / PhD - Physician Scientist Program, Stem Cell Therapy for Neurodegenerative Diseases, School of Medicine and Center for Stem Cell Research & Regenerative MedicineTulane University
  4. 2008
    BS - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Chemistry Honors) with a minor in mathematicsTrinity University


  1. 2020
    OphthalmologyAmerican Board of Ophthalmology

Awards and honors

  1. 2021
    Fellow of the YearOregon Health & Science University, Casey Eye Institute
  2. 2020
    Annual Research Day AwardOregon Health & Science University, Casey Eye Institute
  3. 2019
    Research AwardHeed Fellowship
  4. 2018
    Chief Medical EditorUniversity of Iowa,
  5. 2017
    P.J. Leinfelder Award, Best PresentationUniversity of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology
  6. 2017
    Research Forum AwardAssociation of University Professors of Ophthalmology/Research to Prevent Blindness
  7. 2016
    Heed Resident Retreat, AttendeeHeed Society
  8. 2016
    National Eye Institute Travel Grant for Annual Meeting of ARVO, Research AwardNational Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  9. 2015
    Research AwardVitreoretinal Surgery Foundation
  10. 2015
    Jacob Ambrose Storck Award, Best ManuscriptTulane University
  11. 2012
    Certification in Clinical Research National Institutes of Health
  12. 2011
    Tulane Biomedical Sciences Retreat, Award for Best Oral PlatformTulane University
  13. 2008
    Louisiana State University/National Cancer Institute (NCI), Award for Best Research PresentationNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  14. 2008
    William Crews McGavock Award for Outstanding ResearchTrinity University
  15. 2008
    McGavock Symposium Best Research Presentation AwardTrinity University
  16. 2008
    Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student AwardTrinity University
  17. 2007
    Research AwardRichard J. Kokes Travel Grant for the 20th Meeting of the North American Catalysis Society (NACS)
  18. 2007
    Mach Student Family Research FellowshipTrinity University
  19. 2005
    Trinity University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Research FellowshipTrinity University

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Children's Hospital Visibility Committee
  2. 2020 - present
    ReviewerAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
  3. 2020 - present
    Online Education Task Force, MemberAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
  4. 2018 - 2019
    Chief Medical
  5. 2018 - present
    ReviewerAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
  6. 2018 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
  7. 2018 - present
    Curriculum DevelopmentAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
  8. 2018 - present
    MemberAssociation for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  9. 2018 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Retina Specialists
  10. 2018 - present
    MemberWomen in Ophthalmology
  11. 2017 - 2019
    Editorial Board


Research activities

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