Marcela Estrada, M.D.

Marcela Maria Estrada, M.D.


Pediatric Ophthalmology

Adult Strabismus


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Ophthalmology


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Cadillac Drive Facility

77 Cadillac Dr., Suites 101 & 120
Sacramento, CA 95825
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-4642
Clinic Fax: 916-734-6992
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Outstanding patient care requires both the expert treatment of disease and a compassionate focus on family. As a physician (and mother), I believe that optimizing the health of your child’s eyes begins by establishing a warm and supportive relationship with you. As your partner, I will provide open communication, clear instruction, and the creation of an environment where your child feels safe, respected, and may have a little fun! I became a pediatric ophthalmologist because I love working with families, and I pledge to care for your child as if he/she/ze/they were my own.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Estrada is a comprehensive pediatric ophthalmologist who cares for children (and some adults) with a wide range of congenital and acquired eye and vision problems, including eye misalignment (strabismus), abnormal eye movements, “lazy eye” (amblyopia), tearing problems, cataracts, and poor visual function. She has special clinical interest in pediatric glaucoma, pediatric uveitis, and retinopathy of prematurity. She champions innovative, compassionate, and personalized care to optimize the ocular health and visual development of her patients.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Estrada's research focuses on retinopathy of prematurity screening and reducing ocular health disparities in underserved, low-income, and minority pediatric populations. She is passionate about training the next generation of ophthalmologists and sharing, with them, her enthusiasm for working with children and volunteering in underserved communities. She is an active member of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and currently serves on the Young Ophthalmologist Committee for this organization.




M.D., University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City IA 2015

B.A., Stanford University, Stanford CA 2010

Internship: Internal Medicine, Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Oakland CA 2015-2016


Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2016-2019


Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Children´┐Żs Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 2019-2020

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Association for Pediatrics Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

National Hispanic Medical Association

Women in Ophthalmology

Honors and Awards

Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons Travel Grant, American Academy of Ophthalmology Mid-Year Forum, 2018

Mid-Year Forum Advocacy Ambassador Nominee, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2018

Chief Resident, University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology, 2018

Dean's Scholarship, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Dean's Achievement Award, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2015

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2014

Select Recent Publications

Legocki AT, Zepeda EM, Gillette TB, Grant LE, Shariff A, Touch P, Lee AY, Ding L, Estrada MM, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Lee CS, Mayock DE, Pepple KL, Cabrera, MT. Vitreous findings by handheld spectral-domain OCT correlate with retinopathy of prematurity severity. Ophthalmol Retina.2020 Apr 9;S2468-6530(20)30129-9. doi:10.1016/j.oret.2020.03.027. PMID: 32446843. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 9].

Estrada MM, Kletke, SN. Fellows Corner: Saving Eyes, Saving Lives: A multidisciplinary approach. Children's Doctor. 2020 Jan 28.

Estrada M, Kelly JP, Wright J, Phillips JO, Weiss A. Visual function, brain imaging, and physiological factors in children with asymmetric nystagmus due to chiasmal gliomas. Pediatr Neurol. 2019 Aug;97:30-37. PMID:31113715.

Chahal HS, Estrada MM, Sindt CW, Boehme JA, Greiner MA, Nerad JA, Carter KD, Allen RC, Shriver EM. Scleral contact lenses in an academic oculoplastics clinic: Epidemiology and emerging considerations. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 May-Jun;24(3):231-236. PMID:28538612.

Estrada MM, Saraf S, Olmos de Koo LC. Don’t miss the disc: Clues to the etiology of a unilateral maculopathy are found beyond the retina. Retina Specialist. 2017 Sep:11-12.

Estrada MM, Baker MS, Sobel RK, Shriver EM, Allen RC. Re: Localization and retrieval of an eyelid metallic foreign body with an oscillating magnet and high-resolution ultrasonography [letter]. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Mar-Apr;31(2):159-60.  PMID:25746895.

Stewart JM, Estrada MM, Porco TC. Incidence of unplanned return to the operating room following vitreoretinal surgery at a public teaching hospital. Curr Eye Res. 2013 Aug;38(8):886-8. PMID:23537371.