Retina Associates of Kentucky
Undergraduate BS: Dartmouth University
Medical School MD: University of Buffalo
Residency: Duke University Eye Center
Fellowship: Emory University Eye Center
Chief Residency: Duke University Eye Center
Honors: "Best Doctors in America" and "America's Top Ophthalmologists" Selected as Member of Club Vit; President of Lexington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons; Principal Investigator of CATT Trial; Principal Investigator of Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network; Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Member of Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons; Member of American Society of Retina Specialists
What led you to choose Retina Associates?
When I was completing my fellowship at Emory University, I already knew Iwanted to be in an established retina practice with nationally recognized colleagues. It came down to several leading academic institutions and Retina Associates of Kentucky. The moment I met Drs. Wood and Isernhagen and the staff here, I knew that this was the place I wanted to be. The opportunity to care for patients and pursue research was very apparent, and I've been happy over the years to be a part of this practice.
What are your interests?
I have a fairly broad range of professional interests that include macular degeneration and diabetes, the two most common conditions we treat. While we have ways of treating both of these diseases, the best way to treat each patient is becoming more complicated as we have more than one treatment. Each patient is unique, and to decide which treatment will help them see and function better is a constant challenge that I pursue daily. At the same time we are striving to improve the patient experience with surgical cases such as macular hole, epiretinal membrane and vitreous hemorrhage. The surgery time, recovery time, and patient discomfort associated with these conditions have been greatly reduced over the past several years, and I am interested in furthering this improvement in patient care. I also enjoy collaborating with other physicians besides the retina specialist on a few less common conditions such as uveitis which can be challenging for the patient and the doctor.
What research are you working on?
I am currently working on several projects. For five years, we've been working with the National Eye Institute in Washington, DC to determine the best way to treat all types of diabetic retinopathy. We've had over 100 patients enrolled in a variety of clinical trials over that time, and have learned a lot about how to care for these patients. Over the past few years we have also been investigating the best way to treat patients with ocular histoplasmosis and have published some of the most comprehensive studies on this condition, as it is found primarily in this part of the country.