Dr. Catherine Hogan

Dr. Catherine Hogan was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. From an early age she was fascinated in health care; at age four when most young girls wanted to be a ballerina she wanted to be a doctor. Dr. Hogan was blessed to have family that encouraged her passion for medicine. “My family stressed the importance of a good education and getting real life experiences in health care.”

Dr. Catherine Hogan is excited to be the newest member of DiStefano Eye Center.

Dr. Catherine Hogan is excited to be the newest member of DiStefano Eye Center.

Dr. Hogan graduated early from high school and spent her time shadowing doctors and volunteering hundreds of hours at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC.

In addition to academics, Dr. Hogan was an accomplished USTA junior tennis player. She achieved the #1 ranking in NC junior tennis, co-captained her high school team which won the state championship and she won USTA’s 16s national zonals championship.

Dr. Hogan continued to pursue her passion for education and athletics atDavidson College. While taking the full load of premed courses, equaling a separate major, Dr. Hogan also majored in Studio Art.  She played Division 1 tennis all four years.  “The academic rigor of Davidson really prepares you for all forms of challenges,” she says, “You learn how to shape failure into future success, how to think creatively and critically, and how to handle pressure. I know I am a better doctor because of these experiences. While art and medicine might seem distant subjects, Dr. Hogan weaved them together. “Art gave me the opportunity to study the human body in detail and marvel in its miracles.”  The title of her thesis was Dissection. 

While at Davidson College, Dr. Hogan discovered her calling for optometry. “There was no looking back, I found the niche of health care I loved while shadowing optometrists on weekends.  Thus began my pursuit of becoming the best optometrist I could be.” Being the best meant being the most educated, most prepared and compassionate doctor possible. 

Dr. Hogan began her optometry journey at Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, TN.  “My love for what I was learning drove me to near obsession and utter happiness in optometry.”  At SCO Dr. Hogan was in the honors society BSK and graduated cum laude. But even more importantly she felt a connection to her community and a love for providing eye care, especially in ocular disease cases. “I have never been afraid of the nitty-gritty side of eye care,” she says, “I was always meant to find light in the darkest of moments.”  

After obtaining her doctorate “OD”, Dr. Hogan then completed a residency at the Memphis Veterans’ Hospital in primary care. “The amount of ocular disease in the VA’s patient base was astounding. I saw the worst of scenarios, the rarest of conditions, coupled with veteran’s exposure to war.  With respect and compassionate care I fine-tuned my knowledge and skills.” Her love for taking care of patients with conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and other ocular diseases led her to DiStefano Eye Center. “I knew I could continue to make a positive impact on the community and continue to practice full-scope optometry at DiStefano. I am honored to be a part of this team working alongside intelligent, caring doctors who truly focus on optimizing patient care.”

Now with residency under her belt, Dr. Hogan is actively pursuing fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry. After obtaining the title of FAAO she will be an elite member of practicing optometrists. 

Dr. Hogan is excited to be the newest member of DiStefano Eye Center! When she is not providing eye care at the Gunbarrel and Cleveland offices, she enjoys spending time with her college sweetheart husband, Taylor, adventuring outside and playing tennis, and exploring her new home of Chattanooga.