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Barinder (Tony) Athwal, MD

Dr.Barinder "Tony" Athwal attended McGill University in Canada and received his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a three year Ophthalmology residency in 1986 at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, where he had the distinction of being appointed the Chief Resident. In 1986, he started private practice in Toms River. He also teaches as a clinical instructor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School's Department of Ophthalmology and is on the medical staff at Community Medical Center, Toms River New Jersey. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr.Tony Athwal serves on the board of Ocean Eye Surgery Center and ClearVision Laser Center, and is a member of the New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology, the New Jersey Medical Society, the Ocean County Medical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

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Harjit (Harry) Athwal, MD

Dr.Harjit "Harry" Athwal attended Cook College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and graduated with a medical degree from Rutgers Medical School. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a three year Ophthalmology residency in 1990 at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He received additional training at the prestigious Tulane Medical School in Louisiana, where he did a fellowship in Corneal and Refractive Surgery. He joined his brother in private practice in 1991.

Dr.Athwal is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology, Medical Society of New Jersey, Ocean County Medical Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.He also serves on the board of iMedicware – an electronic medical records company.

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Dr. Chen

Dr. Nathalie Chen attended SUNY College of Optometry where she received her master in vision science, MS-OD program. She continued her studies at SUNY College and graduated with her doctor of Optometry. She holds her license in the state of New Jersey and is fluent in Mandarin. Dr. Chen has been a member of New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians since August 2006. She has been with Athwal Eye Associates since July 2015.

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Dr. Lisa M. Athwal

Dr. Lisa M. Athwal is a graduate of New Jersey Medical School located in Newark. She was raised in Toms River, and is excited to join her father, Barinder Athwal, MD and uncle, Harjit Athwal, MD in practice. Her areas of interest include management of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, dry eye, and cataracts.


Dr. Athwal completed her residency in ophthalmology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. During her training she rotated at the University Hospital in Newark, the East Orange VA Hospital, and Jersey City Medical Center. This experience allowed her to treat a diverse group of patients with a wide range of eye pathologies. Her surgical experience includes cataract and glaucoma surgeries, retinal and glaucoma lasers, and injections for macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, in addition to corneal and oculoplastic procedures.


During her training, Dr. Lisa M. Athwal presented ophthalmology researchprojects at national meetings and coauthored a research paper on pediatric infectious endophthalmitis. She also participated in local and international volunteer work to provide free eye exams to patients in need. Now that she has returned to her hometown, she hopes to make a positive contribution to the community she loves.

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