Justin Gagel, MD

Dr. Justin Gagel is an ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery.  Growing up in Knoxville, Dr. Gagel first attended East Tennessee State University where he received his undergraduate degree in biology.  He then continued his education through the Quillen College of Medicine, in Johnson City, where he received his Doctor of Medicine.  As an awarded student with an ever-growing love of patient care, Dr. Gagel decided to continue his studies through concentrating on the intricacies of the eye.  He was drawn to the specialization of ophthalmology because it harmonized his passion for surgical care with his deep interest in the anatomy and biochemistry of the eye.   

Dr. Gagel is particularly fond of the restorative nature of cataract surgery, stating that he “loves cataract surgery because he can fix something that has historically been a major cause of blindness.  The technology that is used with this procedure makes it a safer and more precise intervention than ever before.” 

After completing his surgical residency with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Gagel was ready to “come back home” to Knoxville, Tennessee.  He truly loves this part of the country and plans to reside in Knoxville for the remainder of his life.  In fact, Dr. Gagel married his high school sweetheart, who is also from Knoxville.  They have a 2-year-old son and a rambunctious goldendoodle.  Dr. Gagel proudly affirms that his family is his greatest joy.   

The Knoxville region offers a close proximity to the mountains and lakes, as Dr. Gagel truly enjoys an active lifestyle.  His many hobbies include running, hiking, swimming, biking, and lifting weights.  Dr. Justin Gagel and his family are also very active in their local church and its missions.  Interestingly, he has also maintained a fascination in the field of ornithology (the study of birds).  

Doctor Gagel is a highly skilled surgeon with an unmistakable enthusiasm for patient care.  University Eye Specialists is fortunate to have his talent added to the team of highly esteemed physicians and eye care professionals.