Paul D. Froula, MD

Paul D. Froula, MD

Joined University Eye Specialists: 1992

Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Diseases & Surgery of the Eye, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Paul D. Froula is a solution-oriented surgeon who joined University Eye Specialists in 1992. His patient list now includes second-generation family members.

Dr. Froula, who treats diseases of the eye and performs multiple operations, including refractive surgery, joined the practice after completing his ophthalmology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He has remained with University Eye Specialists because he considers it the premier practice in the region that completely focuses on patient care.

Dr. Froula’s work is particularly gratifying because people with impaired vision can have their lives changed for the better – in some cases within a few minutes of treatment thanks to advanced technology. Dr. Froula also is grateful for the long-term trust he has established with patients who bring their children to him for eye care needs.

With multiple sub-specialties within University Eye Specialists, a consultation with expert colleagues occurs down a hallway, and patients can remain at the practice for multiple eye care needs. Referrals are made among the physicians, so patients have a level of trust that already has been developed.

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, Dr. Froula graduated from the University of Tennessee and remains an avid Vol football fan. He earned his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and completed his internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Froula discovered the same “salt of the Earth” residents in Rochester, Minnesota, as East Tennessee, and he was grateful for the excellent clinical training and the chance to practice in his home state with University Eye Specialists. He is active with the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee, which does mission work overseas.

Dr. Froula, his wife, Dana, and their three children, Ryan, Jessica and Andrew, enjoy family activities and trips to the beach. Dr. Froula also enjoys math, physics, hiking, golf, gardening and landscaping. The family has four miniature schnauzers – Noelle (a Christmas present), Presley (rescue from Memphis), Casper and J.J.

  • BA: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • MD: East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Internship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Ophthalmology Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Board Certification: Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1989; American Board of Ophthalmology, 1994
  • Cityview Magazine Top Docs, Ophthalmology, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, clinical assistant professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Ophthalmology, 1993-present
Minimal wait time. Friendly staff. Dr Froula is excellent with his patient care services!
Rhonda L.
University Eye Specialists and Dr, Froula are the best. The technicians are very thorough and so is Dr. Froula. If you have any questions, he is ready to answer them. I am really glad that I go there for my eye appointments.
Vincent C.
Dr. Froula recently performed my cataract removal surgery and implanted a new lens. He and his staff worked well as a team, making my experience pleasant, pain free and best of all, giving me back my vision. The world is so much brighter now. I can’t wait to have my other eye done in 2 weeks.
Nikki J.
I had a great experience with my consultation for LASIK. All the staff and Dr Froula were awesome.
Kelly J.
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