Dr. Rocha specializes in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery and joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina/Storm Eye Institute in Charleston, S.C., in 2014 in the cataract, cornea and refractive surgery division.
She received her medical degree from State University of Londrina in Paraná, Brazil. She completed training in ophthalmology at Federal University of São Paulo and was certified by the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology. As a second-year resident, she received the XXXIII Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology Surgical Skills Prize.
After completion of a fellowship in anterior segment surgery in 2007, she served as assistant of ophthalmology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Subsequently, she completed her PhD thesis, “Optical aberrations in pseudophakic and cataractous eyes,” also at the Federal University of Sao Paulo. Dr. Rocha was the first ophthalmologist to be awarded the highest honor by the Brazilian government for her thesis.
Dr. Rocha completed her postdoctoral fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, where she worked intimately with adaptive optics. She published one of the first clinical applications of adaptive optics characterizing the exact amount of higher order aberrations that balances depth of focus with quality of vision. Dr. Rocha also completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Emory University, where she played instrumental roles in the lead investigational study on corneal collagen cross-linking, corneal biomechanics and topography-guided laser ablation. She completed a second ophthalmology residency at the Cole Eye Institute.
Dr. Rocha is active in clinical research, having published more than 100 scientific works, including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts. As a member of the executive subcommittee of the International Society of Refractive Surgery International Council, Dr. Rocha is active in teaching at national and international ophthalmology conferences.
She is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Cornea and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Rocha is also an associate editor for the Brazilian Archives of Ophthalmology (ABO) and the Journal of Refractive Surgery.