Sharon K. Sra, MD
Alamo Heights Ophthalmology
Length of time at this job:
I have been practicing ophthalmology in San Antonio for 10 years.
What is it that you like best about your job?
It’s a nice balance between clinical medicine and surgery. And it never gets boring. The technology is constantly advancing, and the surgical outcomes are becoming more precise. Most of all, it’s very gratifying to restore sight and improve quality of life for patients.
I received my undergraduate degree at Baylor University. I attended medical school and competed my ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
What career path led you to where you are today?
It wasn’t until college that I decided on a career in medicine. During medical school, I considered several specialties, but after I rotated through ophthalmology, I fell in love with the specialty. I enjoyed reading and studying the intricacies of the eye and how it works. I am still fascinated by the eye and how amazing and resilient it is. It is such a small organ but very complex, and it provides us with our most valuable sense of sight.
Would you encourage your children to go into the same field?
I would love my daughter to be self-sufficient and to have a happy, meaningful life. It’s up to her to discover her strengths and interests. If she chooses to be a physician, I want it to be her decision.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be lots of things growing up! Everything from a movie star, a flight attendant, to a journalist.
What do you enjoy doing on a day off?
Relax, sleep in, and have a lazy day.
What is your favorite vacation?
Serengeti in Tanzania. But,I love beach vacations to relax and recharge.
What book/books have you read lately?
When Breath Becomes Air
What’s the best movie you have seen in that last year and why?
Zootopia! Such a great movie! Funny and inspiring with a great message of never giving up.
Do you have a favorite dish?
I love French fries! It’s my weakness.
How do you find balance in your life — career, community and home life?
The balancing act can be hard, especially with a family. The nice thing about my field is that I can have control over my day to enjoy life away from the office. Most surgeries are planned and scheduled, but there are emergencies. We do take calls, but for the most part, it’s not too bad.
What are your goals?
To provide the best quality of care possible and to help people see as best as possible
People would be surprised to know that I … wake up at 4:30 a.m. to exercise. This allows me to spend more time with my family in the evening.
What is the best advice that you have ever received?
“Always be able to support yourself,” from my dad.