Skip to content

Dr. David A. Chesnutt

“As a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of North Carolina.”  


  • N.C. State University
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine


  • Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina


  • Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina


  • Neuro-ophthalmology, Duke University Eye Center
  • Oculoplastic and orbital surgery, Medical University of South Carolina

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Memberships: 

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Lifetime member Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • Supporter of Christian Medical and Dental Association


  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Adult strabismus/eye misalignments
  • Eyelid malposition
  • Eyelid skin cancers
  • Tearing
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Orbital tumors and other orbital disease
  • Orbital surgery
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
Dr. David A. Chesnutt

Originally from Turkey, North Carolina, Dr. Chesnutt’s experience has reached every aspect of ophthalmological care and development. He has been extensively published and his research and expertise have earned him numerous honors, including the UNC Health Care and Faulty Physicians Carolina Care Excellence Leader Award. 

Prior to returning to his native Eastern North Carolina, he has served as an ophthalmology faculty member at Duke Eye Center and the University of North Carolina, where he inspired and trained the next generation of ophthalmologists.  

He’s also received accolades for outstanding contribution to resident teaching, including the Instructor of the Year at the University of North Carolina and recognition from the Medical University of South Carolina’s Storm Eye Institute.  He  has been listed in  Business North Carolina’s p Doctors.”

More recently he returned to Eastern North Carolina and Waynesborough Ophthalmology.  He is honored to have the privilege of serving the people of this area and providing services that previously were only available in the academic centers.  In addition to an active clinical practice, he continues to serve as a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.   

“Service includes providing direct patient care but also ensuring that others are given the tools to do so through teaching and mentoring trainees and through research to provide new insights for all providers,” he said. “Service to people also includes giving back to the community in a variety of ways.  I strive to develop a unique plan of care for each individual patient based upon each person’s individual needs.”