Meet Our Team


Ramesh R. Shah, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S. F.A.S.R.S

Eye Surgeon

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

Sub-Specialty Retina & Vitreous

Dr. Ramesh R. Shah graduated from Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. Teaching Hospital in Bombay, India. Dr. Shah obtained residency and fellowship training from Bombay, London (England) and Farmington (Connecticut, USA). He practiced in Nairobi, Kenya, for 10 years before starting practice in Joplin, Missouri, in 1983.

Dr. Shah had the opportunity to work with leading intraocular lens implant surgeons and leading retinal surgeons during his training in India, England and the United States. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the International College of Surgeons, the All India Ophthalmic Society. In 2021, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and also has published and presented many articles in ophthalmology journals in the U.S. and overseas.

Dr. Shah regularly undertakes mission trips to India to perform intraocular lens implant surgeries for the poverty-stricken people.

Dr. Shah has lived in Joplin for more than 30 years with his wife, who is an OB/GYN. He has a son, a Neuroradiologist, and a daughter, an ophthalmologist who recently joined his practice.

Heeral R. Shah, M.D., F.A.S.R.S

Eye Surgeon

Sub-Specialty Retina and Vitreous

Heeral R. Shah, MD, joined the practice in August 2014.  She completed her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 2005, an accelerated BA-MD program. While there, she played Division 1 college tennis for 4 years. She was also inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha society. She then completed an internship at MacNeal Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Chicago in 2006.  She went on to do an Ophthalmology residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 2009.  She further went on to complete a Medical Retina fellowship at the New England Eye Center/ Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010.

She first joined the practice in 2010 for one year, and then followed her husband to Tampa, Florida while he completed his training for three years.   In Tampa, she worked in training ophthalmology residents from the University of South Florida at the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital. After her husband completed his training, they recently moved back to Joplin, Missouri where she re-joined the practice in August 2014.

Dr. Shah specializes in the care of retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, vascular disorders, uveitis, hereditary diseases, retinopathy of prematurity, and retinal tears. She is also trained in cataract surgery.

Dr. Shah has earned various honors and awards including an induction into Alpha Omega Alpha in 2003.   She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Society of Retinal Specialists.   She is also a founder of the International Society for the Advancement of Medical Retina. She has published multiple papers, including basic science research on retinoblastoma cell lines, retinal imaging, and macular degeneration. She was also involved in the writing of the retinal chapters of Optical Coherence Tomography of Ocular Diseases, 3rd edition and 4th edition.

She lives in Joplin with her husband and sons. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking and traveling. She is honored to return to Joplin and join her father’s practice.