Stephen Huddleston, MD

Stephen Huddleston, MD

Dr. Huddleston was born in Houston, Texas August 24, 1982 where he attended River Oaks Baptist then The John Cooper School.  In high school, he helped found and oversee John Cooper’s inaugural Habitat for Humanity project resulting in the construction of two homes.  After graduating high school, he moved to College Station, TX in 2001 to attend Texas A&M University where he graduated early with a degree in Biology.

After graduating college in 2004, he spent a year working for Habitat for Humanity, through the Americorps VISTA program.  Through the VISTA program, he expanded Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program in Bryan TX and facilitated volunteer recruitment and participation.  He started medical school a month after finishing his year with Habitat for Humanity in August of 2006.  In medical school, he developed a love for Ophthalmology where he spent substantial time researching failure modalities for specific glaucoma surgeries.  In his second year of medical school he began dating his now wife Renee Minirth.  After graduating in 2010, he moved to Memphis, TN where he spent his intern year at Methodist University Hospital. Afterwards, he spent the next three years completing an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute.  Following residency, he began his fellowship with Dr. Steve Charles at the Charles Retina Institute. He completed his residency in 2016 and became a partner at Charles Retina Institute in 2018. He shares ownership of Charles Retina Institute with its founder Dr. Steve Charles.  Dr. Huddleston serves as the President and managing partner at Charles Retina Institute.  He is also the director of the fellowship program, director of the retinopathy of prematurity services and the director of clinical research at Charles Retina Institute.

Clinical trials are the key to advancing new treatments for retinal diseases.  Dr. Huddleston serves as a clinical investigator for: Alcon, Allergan, Genentech, Regenxbio, and Regeneron. Dr Huddleston oversees the more than eighty patients currently enrolled in clinical trials at Charles Retina Institute and serves as a principal investigator in over a dozen active studies.  Each trial is carefully selected based on the strength of the underlying science and the potential benefit to Charles Retina Institute patients.

Following the legacy of his mentor Dr. Steve Charles, Dr. Huddleston is committed to excellence and innovation in the field of retina surgery. He has performed over 3,000 retinal surgeries with approximately 600 performed yearly.  He is the co-author, with Dr. Charles, on the latest addition of Vitreous Microsurgery.

He is married to Dr. Renee Minirth, a psychiatrist at Memphis Mental Health Institute. They have a son, Theodore Huddleston and a daughter, Sophia Huddleston.

Dr. Huddleston sees patients at Charles Retina Institute in Germantown, TN on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at our satellite location in Jonesboro, AR at Southern Eye Associates every Monday.  Dr. Huddleston also maintains a  clinic at the University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute and at the Charles Retina Institute office in Oxford, MS.