Dr. Garff earned an undergraduate Honors degree in Biology and his M.D. degree from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Nassau Medical Center in New York, where he was chief resident. He completed a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.
During medical school, Dr. Garff was the recipient of several merit-based scholarships. He has been actively involved in research throughout his medical career. In medical school, he received an NIH (National Institutes of Health) grant to study ocular blood flow in glaucoma. Dr. Garff has also had multiple peer-reviewed publications on cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy, ocular pharmacology, and dry eye. He has presented research and lectures to his peers at national conferences, as well.
Dr. Garff is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He utilizes the latest techniques in cataract and refractive surgery — including multifocal and Toric intraocular lenses, Light Adjustable lens, dropless cataract surgery, LASIK, and PRK. He also performs a variety of complex anterior segment surgery techniques, including scleral-fixated intraocular lenses and iris repair. He is trained in both full thickness and endothelial corneal transplants, including the latest technique, Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK). Dr. Garff also provides care for dry eye, pterygium, ocular surface tumors, Fuchs’ dystrophy, infectious and inflammatory corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Dr. Garff is passionate about tailoring treatment to match each individual patient's needs. Additionally, he is fluent in Spanish.
Outside of work Dr. Garff loves to spend time with his wife and three kids. He also enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and doing remodel projects around the house.