David Mora-Boellstorff, MD grew up in College Station, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in biomedical engineering. Undergraduate research activities included creating a Java-based simulation of rat brain vessel angiogenesis in response to VEGF and stretching DNA in nanofluidic devices for optical mapping of DNA from single cells. Although these experiences were challenging and rewarding, he ultimately decided to pursue clinical medicine. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he went from telling people he wanted to do anything but ophthalmology to not seeing himself being any other kind of doctor besides an ophthalmologist. He completed a transitional year internship at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington prior to starting his categorical training in ophthalmology in Pittsburgh.
He enjoys hiking, alpine scrambling, bird-watching, skiing, watching and playing sports, and lifting weights.