Dr. Natalia Potapova’s professional journey represents a series of impressive accomplishments. In 1997 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Russian State Medical University, having received a Moscow Government Scholarship for all six years of study.
Shortly after she was accepted to an ophthalmology residency at Moscow’s renowned and highly selective Eye Microsurgery Institute, headed by Sv. Fyodorov. She completed this residency in 1999 and immediately started practicing ophthalmology in Moscow.
After deciding to move to the United States to further her professional career, Dr. Potapova was accepted into a preliminary internal medicine internship at St. Raphael Hospital at Yale School of Medicine which she completed in 2005.
Dr. Potapova then received a clinical fellowship at the NIH, National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD, with Dr. Nussenblatt and Dr. Clarke, where she worked from 2005 until 2006.
After a challenging selection process, Dr. Potapova was chosen for her ophthalmology residency at Louisiana State University’s Shreveport Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology. She completed this program in 2009. This program is ranked as one of the top ten programs in the country in regards to surgical cases performed by the residents. Dr. Potapova’s in-service exams during her residency were rated in the 90th percentile or higher among other ophthalmology residents across the U.S.