Melanie Truong-Le, D.O., O.D.

  • Ophthalmology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology Disorders
  • Double vision, nystagmus, and ocular motor disorders


Melanie Truong-Le, D.O., O.D., is an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Ophthalmology and Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in optic neuropathies, including optic neuritis, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-associated disease, radiation-induced optic neuropathy, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri).

Dr. Truong-Le earned her medical degree at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and her doctoral degree in optometry at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She completed a neurology residency at UT Southwestern, during which she served as a Chief Resident, and then gained advanced training in neuro-ophthalmology through fellowships at the University of Iowa and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.

She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2020.

Dr. Truong-Le’s clinical and research interests also include neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, diplopia, strokes, and visual field defects, as well as optical coherence tomography. She has delivered numerous presentations, contributed to The Little Black Book of Neurology, and published several academic articles related to her areas of expertise.

She is a member of the Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology, the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Salus University (1996-2000)
  • Graduate School - Salus University (1996-2000), Optometry
  • Medical School - University of North Texas Health Science Center (2010-2014)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014-2017), Neurology
  • Chief Resident - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017-2018), Neurology
  • Fellowship - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (2018-2019), Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Fellowship - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (2019-2020), Neuro-ophthalmology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology
  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Honors & Awards
  • Best Abstract by a Fellow 2019, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  • International Headache Academy Scholarship 2019, International Headache Academy
  • Stephen Damm Memorial Award 2018, UT Southwestern Neurology Residency
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism Award 2018, UT Southwestern
  • Parkland Neurology Resident of the Year 2018, Parkland Hospitals and Clinics
  • International Headache Academy Scholarship 2018, International Headache Academy
  • Frontiers in Headache Research Scholarship 2017, American Headache Society
Books & Publications
  • Afferent visual function
  • Visual field analysis
  • Ganglion cell layer
  • Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-associated disease
  • Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder
  • Optic neuritis
  • Optic neuropathy
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Radiation-induced optic neuritis
  • Retinal migraine
  • Retinal nerve fiber layer

Clinical Focus

  • Neuro-Ophthalmology Disorders
  • Double vision, nystagmus, and ocular motor disorders
  • Optic neuropathies
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Optic neuritis
  • Visual field defects in strokes

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