Baptist Eye Announces New Surgeon: Meet Dr. Austin Nave

dr. austin nave joins baptist eye

This month, Baptist Eye Surgeons welcomed Dr. Austin Nave as the newest member of our team. Dr. Nave is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and a native of East Tennessee, who is passionate about making a positive difference in patients’ lives. His commitment to excellence and patient-centered care aligns perfectly with our mission to provide the highest quality eye care to our community. We are excited to have him join our practice and the enthusiasm that he brings to his work.

Austin Nave Joins Baptist Eye

Education and Training

Dr. Nave graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Nave earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, and then went on to receive his ophthalmology training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. During his residency, Dr. Nave honed his surgical skills and gained expertise in the latest advancements in eye care.


Dr. Nave has training and experience in comprehensive ophthalmology. He specializes in cataract surgery and loves giving patients back the opportunity to have vision like they did years ago. In addition, he is able to perform multiple treatments for glaucoma. This includes minimally invasive glaucoma surgery as well as laser treatments.

Many glaucoma sufferers struggle with the burden of having to apply medications every day. Dr. Nave is able to use lasers to help minimize this burden and provide lasting relief. He can also provide treatment for minor eyelid procedures, diabetic retinopathy, and general ophthalmology.

Patient-Centered Care

One of the qualities that truly sets Dr. Nave apart is his patient-centered approach to care. It’s also one of the reasons he wanted to practice at Baptist Eye Surgeons. He believes in the importance of forming strong doctor-patient relationships built on trust and communication. Dr. Nave takes the time to thoroughly educate his patients about their conditions and treatment options and involve them in the process, empowering them to make informed decisions about their eye care.

“I went into medicine because I am passionate about taking care of people and that’s why you go into medicine—to be there when people need you.”

He is passionate about giving patients back their youthful eyesight and walking through their eye health journey with them every step of the way from consultation to surgery to aftercare. He is committed to the health of his patients in his community and wanted to move back to East Tennessee to help provide better eye care to people in his own hometown.

“I am excited to be coming back home to Sevierville, seeing patients at all of our locations, and giving back to the communities that have invested in me throughout the years.”

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How Dr. Nave Enjoys His Free Time

Dr. Nave enjoys hanging out with his black lab Hank. Their favorite activity is going hiking and on runs by the river in Downtown Knoxville! He is thrilled to be back in Sevierville, spending time with family and friends. 

When Dr. Nave is not with Hank or his family, he enjoys supporting his alma mater and cheering on the University of Tennessee. But the Vols aren’t the only thing he loves. You may experience Dr. Nave referencing or quoting his favorite movies: Star Wars. 

Our entire team is thrilled that Dr. Austin Nave has chosen Baptist Eye Surgeons to provide care to patients throughout East Tennessee.

Expert Eye Care in East Tennessee

If you are in need of expert eye care and are looking for a physician who is passionate about improving and preserving vision, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Austin Nave at Baptist Eye Surgeons.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of doctors to join, the coworkers and staff are all so supportive.”

We look forward to the distinct skills Dr. Nave brings to our practice, as well as his enthusiasm for comprehensive ophthalmology and life in general. You will appreciate his care, passion for education, and the time he puts into all of his patients.

Baptist Eye Surgeons is an ophthalmological practice in Downtown and West Knoxville, Morristown, TN, and Sevierville, TN. Visit our website to meet our doctors and learn more about our specialties, or give us a call at 865-579-3920 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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