Meet the Provider: Reecha Bahl, M.D.
May 5, 2021
Reecha Bahl, M.D., department of Ophthalmology, joined Wayne Health in 2012. Dr. Bahl has special interests in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes.
Dr. Bahl joined Wayne Health because she wanted a position allowing her to teach future physicians and to take care of a diverse population. She wanted to surround herself with experts in the field to continue to grow her own knowledge and career. Whether urban or suburban, Dr. Bahl attempts to give each patient the best care possible. She treats each of her patients as if they were one of her own family members sitting in the exam chair. Conversations with a physician can sometimes be scary, so she offers respect, patience and knowledge when discussing care with families.
Dr. Bahl attended George Washington University in Washington DC for her undergraduate and medical school education. She went on to complete residency training in Ophthalmology at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. She also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at Kellogg Eye Center of the University of Michigan. Having diverse experiences at multiple distinguished institutions across the United States with world-renowned mentors allowed Dr. Bahl to gain considerable knowledge and expertise in her fields of interest.
Dr. Bahl was drawn to ophthalmology because it offers the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with patients and also the opportunity to perform surgery. She finds eye surgery fascinating, and focuses on advancing her surgical skill set to optimize her patients’ vision. A typical day for Dr. Bahl consists of clinical care in a medical office, performing surgery at Children’s Hospital, and teaching and mentoring residents and medical students.
Love and patience are two traits that Dr. Bahl’s patients have taught her. Nothing makes her happier than to see one of her young patients with visual deficits grow up and do well in school and extracurricular activities. She loves when her youngest patients come into her office knowing her name and giving her a (pre-COVID-19) hug goodbye.
Dr. Bahl’s career in Pediatric Ophthalmology began with an impactful experience with one of her patients. She cared for a baby in her office with what appeared to be an eye infection but was later diagnosed as retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer. Dr. Bahl found it inspiring to treat this young patient, who is now thriving. Having a tangible impact on her patients’ lives by giving them the gift of sight or improving their vision is what makes Dr. Bahl most proud in her career.
When she is not working, Dr. Bahl’s weeknights and weekends revolve around her three young children. She and her husband spend time playing outside with their children or taking them to activities such as soccer, tennis and ballet. She loves traveling, and she cannot wait to get back to it when the pandemic is over.
To set up an appointment with Dr. Bahl, visit our website or call 877-929-6342.