Nathaniel Roybal is a Native New Mexican growing up in Mora and graduating from Mosquero High School. He then attended New Mexico State University where he studied Animal and Range Sciences, was a ACES College Ambassador and was the outstanding graduating senior. Dr. Roybal was a part of the first graduating class of the combined MD and PhD at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His PhD studies provided novel insights into mechanisms upregulating aberrant blood vessel growth in diabetes and age-related macular degeneration.
He completed the EyeSTAR post-doctoral fellowship and ophthalmology residency at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute. His post-doctoral studies focused on gene and stem cell therapies for age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. He completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at the University of Iowa where he published several papers that pioneered the use of proteomics for the diagnosis and individualized treatment of retinal diseases. Doctor Roybal uses the latest vitreoretinal surgery and medical treatments to restore and prevent vision loss.