Christian Hester, M.D.


Dr. Christian Hester is a fellowship-trained cornea and refractive surgeon. After graduating as the valedictorian from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Arkansas, Dr. Hester attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.  During his time at Hendrix, he served as President of the Student Senate and founded Arkansas EDU, an organization that united all 19 four-year colleges and universities in the state in order to advocate for higher education issues in the State Legislature. 

He graduated from Hendrix College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business and was awarded the Mosley Economics and Business Award—the highest academic award given to one graduate in his department. He also received the President’s Medal, the highest academic award given to one graduating senior. 

Dr. Hester received his doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he his internship and served as president of his medical school class.  At UAMS Dr. Hester received numerous awards including the Ethel Brickey Hicks Scholarship and Dean’s Office Scholarship. He was also inducted into the national Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. 

Dr. Hester completed an ophthalmology residency at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California where he served as chief resident.  In order to learn advanced subspecialty surgical techniques, he completed a fellowship in cornea, refractive, and anterior segment surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  

Dr. Hester has published numerous academic papers, contributed to ophthalmic textbooks, and given national lectures in his area of expertise.  He has also served on the Arkansas Medical Society and California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Board of Trustees.  He has held several leadership positions in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Christian is married to his wife Tammy, and they have one child, Catherine Cardell Hester.