Category: Medical Advisors

Dr. Samuelson specializes in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery. He received his subspecialty training in glaucoma at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a founding partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. He is the past president of ASCRS and served on the Executive Board of the American Glaucoma Society for nearly a decade. He is also past president of the Wills Eye Hospital Spaeth Glaucoma Fellows Society.  Dr. Samuelson has served as chairman of the ASCRS Glaucoma Clinical Committee and Associate Secretariat for AAO annual meeting. In 2015 he received the AAO Secretariat Award and is a recipient of the AAO Junior, Senior and Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Dr. Samuelson’s investigational interests include the research and development of numerous MIGS devices. He has traveled worldwide lecturing and performing surgery, including ORBIS trips to Mongolia and Indonesia.

Dr. Neel Desai is internationally recognized leader in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery, and serves as Director of Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery, and is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ocular Surface Disease at the Eye Institute of West Florida with five offices around the Tampa Bay region of Florida, employing 32 doctors and over 350 employees. He is recognized as amongst the top 0.1% of refractive cataract surgeons in the US and has been honored to attract patients from over 40 countries.

Dr. Desai did his undergraduate studies as a triple major in Biochemistry, Philosophy, and Psychology at the University of Maryland Honors College, graduating Summa Cum Laude on a full Presidential Scholarship. He was a top graduate with honors of the Penn State College of Medicine and performed his residency training in Ophthalmology at the Storm Eye Institute under the tutelage of world-leaders in the field, Dr. David Apple and Dr. Kerry Solomon. He has contributed in many ways to the advancement of the field of ophthalmology. He has served as Principal Investigator in dozens of clinical research trials, including several FDA clinical trials that have resulted in winning FDA approval for novel therapies for the treatment of vision-threatening ocular conditions.

Over and above his numerous accomplishments and philanthropic work, Dr. Desai is quick to point out that he is most proud to be the founder of three non-profit organizations nationwide that aim to provide eye care and surgery to the less fortunate. In compassionately lending his time through these service initiatives, Dr. Desai enjoys seeing the direct human impact vision-restoring procedures such as refractive cataract surgery and corneal transplantation can have on patients’ quality of life. He has performed hundreds of pro bono surgeries to those in need both in the US and abroad. By recruiting and training fellow doctors and volunteers around the world and integrating service into residency and fellowship curricula at training hospitals, Dr. Desai has ensured that this legacy of compassionate service will flourish and spread.

Dr. Richard L. Lindstrom MD is Founder and Attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants, Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences and Visiting Professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma, laser surgery, innovation, and the business of ophthalmology. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes throughout his 51 year career in medicine as a recognized researcher, teacher, inventor, writer, industry consultant and highly acclaimed physician and surgeon.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. and B.S. from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Lindstrom completed his doctorate degree in medicine at The University of Minnesota in 1972. He then completed an internal medicine internship at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Next, he completed a 3-year Residency in ophthalmology and a 1-year Fellowship in Cornea/External Disease at the University of Minnesota and Affiliated Hospitals. He then extended his training with an Anterior Segment Surgery Fellowship at Mary Shiels Eye Hospital in Dallas, Texas for 6 months followed by a 6-month Heed Foundation Sponsored Fellowship in Glaucoma at The University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology in Salt Lake City, Utah. After two years of private practice in Dallas, Texas with William S. Harris MD at Ophthalmology Center, in 1980 Dr. Lindstrom returned to the University of Minnesota, where he spent ten years on the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, the last two as Full Professor and the Harold G. Scheie Research Chair. For ten years he also served as Chief of Ophthalmology at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital. He continues as Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus and serves as a Trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation.

Dr. Lindstrom entered private practice in 1989 and has led the growth and expansion of Minnesota Eye Consultants, serving as Managing Partner for 15 years and Partner and Attending surgeon for 31 years. In 2017 the practice was acquired by Unifeye Vision Partners and Dr. Lindstrom was appointed to the UVP Board of Directors. He has served as the Global Medical Editor of the USA and International Editions of Ocular Surgery News for 40 years, which reaches 82,000 ophthalmologists worldwide.

Dr. Lindstrom was elected President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2007 and continues to serve on the ASCRS Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the ASCRS Foundation. He served as President of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1993-1994, was elected President of the International Intraocular Implant Club for 2002 to 2004, and was president of the International Refractive Surgery Club in 2006 2008.

Dr. Lindstrom from 1995 to present has served as the Chairman and CEO of Lindstrom Restoration, a three-generation family Construction business founded by his father. He and his wife Jaci are active in philanthropy and have endowed several funds supporting the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, the University of Minnesota Medical School Deans Scholar Fund, the Eye Bank Association of America, the University of Minnesota Tennis Team, Sightpath Eye Bank, ASCRS, ECLA and many others.

Dr. Lindstrom has been awarded 45 patents in ophthalmology and has developed a number of corneal preservation solutions, intraocular lenses, drugs and devices that are used daily in clinical practice globally. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lindstrom Restoration, Minnesota Eye Consultants, TearLab, Ocular Therapeutix, Harrow Health, Imprimis, Lensar, Surface, Combangio, Kedallion, MD Backline, AcuFocus, Foresight#6, Equinox, Lentechs, Corneagen, Unifye Vision Partners, Theroptix, and Acquea. He is a member of the investment committee at Visionary Ventures Capital and Flying L Ventures.

Prior Board service for acquired companies includes Eyeonics, Encore, WaveTec, Iantech, Advanced Vision Science, Midwest Surgical Services, Laserboyz, Citation Ventures, LVCI, TLCVision, Sightpath, Onpoint Medical Diagnostics, Vision 21, Occulogix, and Wavetec. Current not for profit Board service includes The University of Minnesota Foundation, Inner City Tennis, The Minnesota Eye Consultants Foundation, and The ASCRS Foundation.

A frequent lecturer throughout the world on cornea, cataract, glaucoma, laser refractive surgery, innovation and the business of ophthalmology, he has presented 40 named lectures and keynote speeches before professional societies in the U.S. and abroad, including the Binkhorst, Kelman Innovator and Steinert Lecture at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The American Academy of Ophthalmology Kelman, Barraquer and Lans Lectures, The Cornea Society Castroviejo Lecture, and received The Glaucoma 360 Accelerator Award. He is a recipient of the Eye Bank Association of America Paton and NACT awards. Select International named lectures include the Blumenthal Memorial Lecture in Jerusalem, Israel, the Benedetto Strampelli Medal Lecture in Rome, Italy, the Bjerrum Medal Lecture in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UKISCRS Choyce Medal Lecture in London England, the Albrecht Von GRAFE-Vorlesung Innovator’s Lecture in Nuremberg, Germany, and The International Intraocular Implant Society Medal Lecture in Paris, France. In 2019 he was the first physician inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. In 1998, the Eye and Contact Lens Association initiated the Richard L. Lindstrom MD Surgeon Lecture at its annual meeting. In 2021, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery will initiate the named Richard L. Lindstrom MD Symposium and Lindstrom Medal Lecture at its annual meeting each year on Sunday. The participants in the Minnesota Eye Consultants Corneal Fellowship Program now number over 80 and are named Lindstrom Fellows and meet once every 4 years for an educational retreat in Napa, California.

Dr. Lindstrom serves on several journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Journal of Refractive Surgery.  He is the Honorary Editor-in-Chief of the U.S./Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. He has co-edited ten books, written many book chapters and published over 400 papers in peer reviewed journals. His professional affiliations are extensive and include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society, The Eye Bank Association of America, The International Society for Refractive Surgery, The International Intraocular Implant Club, the Eye and Contact Lens Association, and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.

He is the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service by national and international ophthalmology associations, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Harold S. Diehl and Trustees Society Award from his alma mater The University of Minnesota, and the Appleton Award from the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been elected to Best Doctors in America since its founding. He was named fourth most influential ophthalmologist in the world in the inaugural “The Ophthalmology” power list in 2015 and has been renominated every year to date. Dr. Lindstrom lives in his hometown of Wayzata, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Minnetonka with his wife Jaci. Their two children and five grandchildren live nearby. He and his wife have a second home in Irvine, California. He still practices part time and enjoys an active life including tennis, golf, boating, upland bird hunting, walking the dog and reading historical fiction when time allows.      

Dr. Michael Greenwood has been described as kind-hearted,
understanding, and passionate by his patients. He is a board-certified
ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, glaucoma, cornea, and laser
vision correction surgery. After completing his fellowship with Vance
Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Greenwood established Vance
Thompson Vision’s West Fargo, ND location.
As a fellowship-trained cornea and glaucoma surgeon, Dr. Greenwood
performs the most advanced techniques in cornea transplants,
minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), refractive cataract surgery,
and laser vision correction (LASIK). He is a surgical leader in the eye
care industry, lecturing nationally and internationally and teaching other
surgeons and doctors advanced surgery techniques. He believes that
every patient deserves to see life with clarity. Dr. Greenwood is honored
to put his exemplary skill set to use to make that happen.
When Dr. Greenwood is not performing eye surgery, he enjoys spending
time with his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Quincy. In the summertime, they
enjoy spending time outdoors in the lakes area. Dr. Greenwood also
enjoys playing hockey and skates year-round.

Alice Epitropoulos MD earned a medical degree at The Ohio State University where she is Clinical Assistant Professor. She is a founding member and proud to be a part of The Eye Center of Columbus, an innovative affiliation of more than 80 ophthalmologists located in Downtown Columbus. She has conducted trials, published articles and presented on ocular surface disease and cataract and refractive surgery.

Mitchell A Jackson, MD, is the Founder and CEO of Jacksoneye, his private practice of 27 years located in Lake Villa, Illinois. He graduated from Pomona College, completed his medical training at FUHS/The Chicago Medical School, and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He serves on the editorial boards of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Ophthalmology Management, Advanced Ocular Care, and Ocular Surgery News. Dr. Jackson is also a board member of the American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES), founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons (ACOS), and founding member and past 2018 President of the Cataract External Disease and Refractive Surgery Society (CEDARS/ASPENS). In addition to being selected to the top 250 PS250 Premier Surgeon list, OSN300 top 300 Refractive Surgeon list, and ASCRS clinical subcommittee for cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Jackson has been involved in many FDA pharmaceutical and surgical clinical studies (Dry Eye, Viscoelastics, IOLs, Presbyopia, topical NSAIDs) over the tenure of his practice, including serving as the Global Medical Director of ACE Vision Group. He also has his own monthly column entitled “The Premium Channel” in Ocular Surgery News/Healio which launched in April 2013. He recently was the recipient of the 2018 Annual Millenial Award, the AAO Board of Trustees Achievement Award in August of 2018, the 2018 Innovation and Founders Award for Cedars Aspens, and the 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for Ophthalmology.

Cathleen McCabe, M.D. is one of the foremost eye surgeons practicing today and is a vital asset to The Eye Associates’ team. After Dr. McCabe received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, she went on to her residency training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. Dr. McCabe specializes in cataract surgery and LASIK. She has performed over 30,000 cataract surgeries and more than 17,000 LASIK procedures. She also performs laser treatments for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Dr. McCabe has received many prestigious and esteemed awards for her work in Ophthalmology, including being named on the Premier Surgeon 250 List of the leading innovators in premium IOL cataract surgery. She was selected as a LaserVision Top 100 Surgeon for her vast experience and excellent outcomes in LASIK and refractive surgery. Dr. McCabe’s ongoing commitment to continuing education also earned her the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA), presented by the American Medical Association. She has also been honored with the Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist (LEO) Continuing Education Recognition Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Recently, she has successfully fulfilled the requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to be recertified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. She continues to share her expertise by publishing articles and book chapters as well as lecturing at ophthalmological and optometric seminars.

Bret L. Fisher, M.D. graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1982 and Duke University School of Medicine with Honors in 1986. Dr. Fisher joined Newberry Eye Clinic in Panama City, Florida as Medical Director in 1993.  Following the merger of Newberry Eye Clinic with two other practices, Dr. Fisher became the Medical Director of the newly created Eye Center of North Florida in 2000.  Dr. Fisher specializes in refractive cataract surgery, including femtosecond laser assisted surgery and multifocal, toric, and accommodative intraocular lens implants. Dr. Fisher was the first surgeon in the state of Florida to perform femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery.   He also performs advanced custom LASIK utilizing a femtosecond laser for flap creation and was one of the first five physicians in the United States to perform these procedures using the Zeimer femtosecond laser.

Dr. Fisher oversees an active clinical research department at the Eye Center of North Florida, participating in many studies, including the FDA trials for new multifocal and toric multifocal intraocular lens implants, as well as pharmaceutical trials for post-cataract inflammation, dry eye, and diabetic eye disease. Dr. Fisher is an accomplished speaker and lectures frequently on advances in cataract surgery and other technologies in ophthalmology.  He also serves as an industry consultant and mentor to his fellow surgeons. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and certified in Cataract and Implant Surgery and LASIK by the American College of Eye Surgeons, as well as an active member of ASCRS. 

William Wiley, M.D. is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who has pioneered many eye procedures in the Northeast Ohio area. Dr. Wiley is the Medical Director of the Cleveland Eye Clinic.  Dr. Wiley was one of the first in the area to offer his patients all laser LASIK as well as laser assisted refractive cataract surgery.  Dr. Wiley participates in many clinical research studies, and because of this he is often able to offer his patients technology that is not yet widely available in most clinics in the United States.  He was one of the first in the country to implant RxSight’s Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) post FDA approval.  Dr. Wiley was the first in area to implant the IStent, and Hydrus MIcrostents for Glaucoma.  He was one of the first in the area to implant the Tecnis aspheric, Rezoom, Panoptix, and Vivity Multifocal Intraocular lenses available for cataract surgery. He was the first to implant the Kamra Corneal Inlay for near vision. To date, Dr. Wiley has performed more than 50,000 cataract and refractive surgical procedures.

Dr. Wiley performed cataract surgery on a 1.5-pound Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey named Ana at the Akron Zoo in 2017. Ana was the smallest mammal on record in the world known to have had cataract surgery.

He is a true Doctor’s doctor in that over the past 15 years he has performed hundreds of surgeries on physicians and their family members. In addition, he is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals/Case Western University. Dr. Wiley is also the chief medical editor for CRST – cataract and refractive surgery today for 2020. Dr. Wiley currently resides with his wife and family in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Mahootchi is a board certified Ophthalmologist and founder of The Eye Clinic of Florida. The Eye Clinic of Florida provides world class cataract and specialty ophthalmic surgery.

He was one of the first surgeons in the US to go “DropLess” and use antibiotics and steroids at the time of cataract surgery to improve outcomes and spare the patient the expense and hassle of using those drops after surgery.

Dr. Mahootchi is one of Florida’s most rated and highest rated cataract, glaucoma and eyelid surgeons. PatientsChoice.org has recognized him as a top 10 doctor in Florida. He won the Patient’s Choice again this year for the 13th year in a row.

With 24 years of experience, he has performed over 25,000 eye surgeries. He has the distinction of over 20 years of experience with astigmatism correcting implants, laser vision correction and is currently the most experienced surgeon in the country with XEN Gel Stent implants for glaucoma

We lead the area in novel, new, and combination eye and eyelid surgery with a focus on avoiding the unnecessary and providing the best outcomes.

Dr. Mahootchi was born in Carbondale, Illinois and grew up in Tennessee. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. His Internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Ophthalmology were also at Vanderbilt. Dr. Mahootchi had the highest academic scholarships to both college and medical school. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and participates in the Maintenance of Certification program every 10 years. He is past president of the Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society.


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