Malena Amato, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Amato was born in St. Louis, Missouri. From an early age, she was inspired to follow in the footsteps of her Italian grandfather, who shared his love for medicine. She attended Boston College, where she rowed competitively, and studied a year abroad at Oxford University. She was appointed as a Scholar of the College in the Alpha Epsilon Delta Jesuit Honors Society. She graduated magnum cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy and French. She went on to earn her medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and completed a general surgery internship at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. She returned to Georgetown for her ophthalmology residency where she served as Chief Resident. She then completed a 2-year fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at Texas Oculoplastic Consultants in Austin, Texas.

Prior to joining TOC, Dr. Amato was in private practice in Annapolis, MD, and served as adjunct clinical faculty at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. She and her husband relocated from Northern California where she practiced at Kaiser Permanente, and she continued to teach and do research as an adjunct clinical professor at Stanford Hospital. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Amato participates in state and national professional organizations including the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is the president of the Austin Ophthalmology Society and has been named among the Best Doctors of America 2010-2013. She sits on the editorial Board of Eye-Net Magazine and participates in several ophthalmology journal committees. She is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Amato and her husband enjoy teaching and traveling, and share the privilege of participating in medical missions to underserved countries including Vietnam, Brazil, Egypt, and Zimbabwe.

She is thrilled to return to the TOC community in Austin with her husband and her two young boys. Together, they enjoy skiing, hiking, surfing and traveling.

I am blown away by the quality of care I received. I felt like they made my comfort a priority and really calmed my nerves before surgery. Dr. Amato is truly a blessing, and I’m recommending her to everyone I know!