Anil Vedula MD a fellowship trained corneal surgeon who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery, medical and surgical treatments of corneal diseases, and general ophthalmology. He attended Duke University as an undergraduate, where he was awarded the prestigious A.B. Duke Memorial Scholarship to study mathematics and physics. He went on to earn his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, NY. He then completed his residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
He stayed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute completing a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery. While there, he performed novel research on nanoparticular technology and endothelial cell transplantation, studied several new laser vision correction platforms, and worked on advancing corneal transplantation techniques with novel injectors. He is currently a volunteer Assistant Professor at Bascom Palmer, where he teaches clinical and surgical ophthalmology to residents and fellows.
Dr. Anil Vedula has several published articles in many medical journals and is a co-author of several book chapters.
Dr. Brendan Girschek MD FRCSC FACS is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained retina surgeon and is proud and very excited to be joining Retina Macula Specialists of Miami this June after spending the last several years in Iowa. Dr. Girschek completed his residency training at the Louisiana State University/Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA followed by a two-year fellowship at the Charles Retina Institute/University of Tennessee under the guidance of the pre-eminent Dr. Steve Charles. Professional interests include surgical repair of retinal detachments and macular disease, diagnosis and management of complex medical retina and uveitis cases as well as screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurely. Dr. Girschek is an oral examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a contributor and reviewer for many ophthalmology journals, including Ophthalmology Management and Retina Today. An experienced speaker, Dr Girschek has hosted COPE optometry lectures as well as lectured at state-wide optometry meetings in the past. He is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Brianna Rhue OD is a board certified optometrist at West Broward Associates. She is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University in 2009. She then completed her Residency Training at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where she focused on the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye care and diseases of the cornea. Throughout optometry school, Dr. Rhue donated her time and services to optometric missions, providing eye care to under-served populations in Peru, Trinidad, and Guatemala.
Dr. Rhueis the president of the Broward County Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. She specializes in ocular disease and contact lenses with a special interest in myopia control.
Dan Georgescu MD, PhD (Dr DAN) is a Double-Board Certified Oculo-facial Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, specializing in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face. He is a Fellow of the AACS, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS).
After completing his Doctorate in Neuroscience at Yale university and UT Southwestern, Dr DAN trained as an Ophthalmologist at the John Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Following a 2-year ASOPRS fellowship in Oculo-facial Plastic Surgery at the Center for Facial Appearances with Drs. Richard Anderson and John McCann, Dr DAN became an Assistant Professor of Oculo-facial Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the # 1 ranked hospital 21 years in a row.
Dr DAN is currently in private practice in South Florida and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University where he teaches young doctors the art of facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr DAN has also served on numerous humanitarian missions over the past 12 years in Nepal, India, Cambodia and Romania where he has treated hundreds of children with congenital oculo-facial malformations or tumors and has trained many local doctors.
Diana Shechtman OD is the consultative optometric physician at retina macula specialists of Miami (RMSM). She is board certified Optometric Physician who received her oral prescription certification in 2013. She graduated from University of Florida with honors and obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where she graduated with honors in 1998. In 1999, she completed a one-year ocular disease residency at Fox Medical Center in Miami, Florida. She then joined Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she was promoted to the rank of Professor and served as a full-time faculty member for 18 years. Among her many roles, she served as an Optometric Theory & Method primary instructor, Clinician in the Eye Institute, Coordinator of the Diabetes & Macula Service and the Director of Interdisciplinary Education. During her academic career, she received numerous recognitions including teaching awards and the Presidential Grant award. She was also named one of the top 250 PCON Optometrists & an Educational Visionary. In 2016, she completed a 6-month retinal sabbatical in Miami, Florida. She is currently the consultative optometric physician at Retina Macula Specialists of Miami.
Dr. Shechtman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retinal Society (ORS) as well as a member of the Florida optometric association, BCOA and MDPOA. She is also a board of trustee member for the BCOA. She continues to serve as a member of numerous professional committees. She is also on various Advisory Boards and Professional Speakers Bureaus for a number of companies. Dr. Shechtman is on the Editorial Review Board of a number of journals, including CollaboratEYE. Dr. Shechtman is also a proliferative writer and continues to participate in various research grants. She was the co-investigator for the VAST study & is the current co-authors of Retinal Dilemmas for Review of Optometry. Dr. Shechtman has lectured extensively at a local, national & international level in the area of vitreo-retinal disease. She is the current chair of the TRIOD Conference.
Faten Edris OD graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a bachelors of science in Nutrition and Foods. Upon graduation, she moved to Miami to attend Optometry school at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edris was amongst 6 candidates to be selected to complete a highly specialized and competitive ocular disease residency at Bascom Palmer after graduation.
Dr. Edris specializes in the pre and post management of vision correction surgery, cataract surgery, ocular surface disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and hypertensive retinopathy. She has a special interest in evaluation and management of dry eye disease. With her background in nutrition, she also manages patients ocular conditions with evidence-based nutritional therapy.
Geetha Vedula MD completed her undergraduate and medical degrees from West Virginia University. She subsequently went to Hospital of Saint Raphael, Yale University for her internship, and University of Maryland for her residency and earned her fellowship in glaucoma from the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA. She stayed as faculty at UCLA and trained residents after her fellowship. She relocated to Florida in 2011 to join the well renowned Cleveland Clinic Florida where she still has active privileges, and is also currently faculty at FAU School of Medicine. Dr. Geetha Vedula has received advanced training in minimally invasive techniques for glaucoma surgery. As a board-certified ophthalmologist, she specializes in medical and surgical treatments for cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Vedula is one of the few surgically trained glaucoma specialists in the greater Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area.
Jay harris Levy MD isboard certified vitreoretinal surgeon at RMSM (Retina Macula Specialists of Miami). A native of Miami, receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served as Chief Resident during his Ophthalmology Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, in association with the Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Fellow in Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery, Dr. Levy received additional subspecialty training at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Levy is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the ASRS. He has been published in medical journals, has served as a speaker at national ophthalmologic meetings and was awarded a Travel Fellowship from the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology. He has a special interest in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and posterior uveitis.
Marc Bloomenstein OD is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998.
Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Collaborative Eye, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to other various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein currently served as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 750 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.
Dr. Kay received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Illinois, his medical training at Temple University, and his neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He then served as a full-time faculty member at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami prior to initiating the first full-time private practice devoted exclusively to neuro-ophthalmology to cover the tri-county area in Southeast Florida,
Dr. Kay frequently teaches and lectures locally, nationally and internationally to practicing ophthalmologists, optometrists, residents, and students. Dr. Kay also developed the first new ACGME accredited residency in Ophthalmology. He has received numerous teaching and service awards from AAO for his continuous contribution to the profession.
Rashid Taher MD is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist with sub-specialty training in Vitreo-Retinal surgery and one of the primary vitreoretinal specialists at RMSM (retina macula specialists of Miami). Dr. Taher completed a two-year Vitreo-Retinal fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. He finished his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida and his medical school training at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern and North African History at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Taher has authored several chapters in the text “Retinal Disorders and Acute Visual Loss.” He has been involved in the research of surgical treatments for retinal vascular occlusions and laser use in AMD. He also has an interest in diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. He has also been involved in the management and treatment of ocular trauma and intraocular foreign bodies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He is also a member of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and Florida Medical Association.
Sherrol A. Reynolds, O.D. received her Bachelor of Science from University of Florida and her Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in 1996. Following graduation, she completed a one-year residency and went into private practice in Coral Springs Florida. She later joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University where she currently holds the rank of associate professor.
She has served as a clinic chief, module director, and course instructor. She is also a clinical attending in the diabetes and macular clinic as well as a residency supervisor.
She is a member of the local, state, and national optometric associations. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Retinal Society. She has participated in various research projects and authored numerous posters and publications on various topics in ocular and systemic disease. She has also lecture on a local and national level.
Stanley Braverman MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a native Floridian, born in Coral Gables, Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami Medical School, completed his internship at Tulane University and his residency at Duke University Eye Center. He first performed LASIK in 1996, the day the FDA approved LASIK. He has written multiple articles for professional medical publications, as well as a chapter in a book on cataract surgery, and is the co-author of a book on Z-LASIK. He is the inventor of several ophthalmic surgical instruments, as well as an intraocular lens implant. Currently, he is a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Refractive Surgery. He has given lectures on Cataract and Refractive surgery both nationally and internationally.
He has been a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology for years at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, teaching third year residents cataract surgery. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Houston’s School of Optometry, an Adjunct Clinical associate Professor at Nova Southeaster School of Optometry, an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the New England College of Optometry, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry.
Steve Bussa OD is originally from Northern Nevada where he completed his undergraduate education in Toxicology/Pharmacology. During his time attending undergrad, he was also the Senior Supervisor in the Ocular Research Program at Charles River Inc. focusing in ocular research. After five years as the lead researcher in the ocular research program, he decided to shift to a more clinical side of the eyes.
Dr. Bussa started his Doctorate training in 2004 at the Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale FL. During his training in medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders, he took an interest in the business side of Optometry and is the founder of the Nova Optometric Practice Management Association (NOPMA).
Dr. Bussa graduated at the top of his class and still continues to lecture to fellow doctors and students today. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County Optometric Associations.Dr. Bussa purchased Premier Eye Center in 2010.
Steven Ferrucci OD is a 1994 graduate of the New England College of Optometry, completed his Residency in Primary Care/Hospital Based/Geriatric Optometry at the Sepulveda VA Hospital in Sepulveda CA. He is currently Chief of Optometry at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home. He is also the Residency Director at his sight, and a Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University.
Dr. Ferrucci has lectured extensively, with a special interest in Diabetes, Diabetic Eye Disease, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Fluorescein Angiography. He has also published several articles in optometric journals, including The New England Journal of Optometry, Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry: Journal of The AOA and Review of Optometry. Currently, he serves on the Editorial Board for both Review of Optometry and Optometry Times. He is an active member in the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association, as well as a fellow in both the American Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Retinal Society.
Wilfredo C. Lara, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is fellowship trained in disease and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He was born in Maryland and raised in Miami, Fla. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Florida International University with extensive academic and personal accomplishments.
Dr. Lara is deeply embedded in the South Florida Community and is fluent in Spanish. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he received numerous awards. He then completed an internship at the Hospital of Saint Raphael/Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Lara went on to complete an ophthalmology residency as well as a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Florida, Gainesville.