Your Eye Care Specialty Team
At Medical Eye Center, our team works together to provide you with the most comprehensive and up-to-date care possible. Our doctors, surgeons and physician’s assistant are experts in their chosen specialties and make it a priority to stay one step ahead of the latest developments in vision care. They are dedicated and caring professionals who will always spend time explaining your treatment and answering your questions. To learn more about our providers, click on their names to the right.
Advanced training means advanced care for our patients
Following medical school, ophthalmologists complete three years of comprehensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Although the eye is a very small organ, it is highly complex. A small percentage of ophthalmologists pursue additional training called a fellowship in order to become an expert in one area of the eye. Additional education is generally considered optional—but not to our doctors, whose priority is providing the best care possible to their patients. Outside a larger urban area, it is rare to find a practice with one physician with advanced training. At Medical Eye Center, we have eight.
- Drs. Paul Jorizzo, Helen Koenigsman, and Brendan Butler have advanced glaucoma training.
- Drs. Matt Oliva and John Welling are the only fellowship-trained cornea specialists in the region.
- Dr. Craig Lemley offers patients his advanced training in the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases.
- Dr. Matthew Hauck completed two years of advanced fellowship training focused strictly on plastic surgery of the supporting and surrounding structures of the eyes. He is the only local oculoplastics surgeon that works full time in our area.
“During my residency,” says Dr. Jorizzo, “I had an opportunity to spend an additional year working with one of the leading authorities in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. Later on, I became particularly interested in glaucoma. I did a formal glaucoma fellowship after residency to enhance my ability to diagnose and manage glaucoma using medical, laser, and surgical modalities. At the Medical Eye Center I enjoy a practice that blends my cataract, glaucoma, and retina interests.”
A fellowship is more intense training where the physician learns the latest medical and surgical techniques. Dr. Matt Oliva pursued an international fellowship, spending a year in Melbourne, Australia. “My fellowship really prepared me to offer the latest in cornea transplant techniques and the other complicated cornea issues we treat here.”
Dr. Lemley explains, “treatments for common vitreoretinal disorders are evolving rapidly, and advanced training has enabled me to provide state-of-the-art care. In addition, the techniques used in vitreoretinal surgery are highly specialized, and advanced fellowship training is paramount in managing these highly complex diseases.”
“Here at Medical Eye Center,” says Dr. Koenigsman, “We offer the tried and true treatments for a multitude of eye diseases. In addition, we are continuously updating our skills and training to also be able to offer the latest advances. I am involved in clinical research trials that allow patients to have access to technologies and treatments that are not yet widely available. My education did not end with my fellowship in glaucoma; learning is a continuous process.”
Dr. Hauck’s two year fellowship in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery “allowed me to take the principles of microsurgery learned in ophthalmology training and apply those to facial surgery. This specific, rigorous training benefited my pursuit to provide excellent results in both reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery.”
Dr. Butler says he did a fellowship in glaucoma because “glaucoma is a complex set of diseases, and it is currently the subject of intense clinical and laboratory research. I wanted to be able to offer my patients cutting-edge techniques and the best level of treatment possible with our current knowledge and technology.”