Doctors | Eye Medical Center (2024)

Charles E. Afeman, MD, FACS

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (1)

Board Certification: October 1966

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Refractive Surgery

Education:
M.D. Degree:1960
Louisiana State University Medical School
New Orleans, Louisiana

Internship:1960-1961
St. Luke's Hospital
Denver, Colorado

Residency:1961- 1964
Charity Hospital
New Orleans, Louisiana
Board Certification: October 1966

Career:
Eye Medical Center 1965-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology, Fellow
  • American College of Eye Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Cataract and
  • Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • Keratorefractive Society
  • Louisiana Ophthalmology Association
  • Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge

Fay L. Woo, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (2)

Board Certification:June 1987

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Refractive Surgery

Education:
M.D. Degree:
1980
University of Texas Health Science Center
School of Medicine
San Antonio, Texas

M.S. Degree:1975
University of Texas at Austin
College of Pharmacy
Austin, Texas

B.S. Degree:1972
University of Texas at Austin
College of Pharmacy
Austin, Texas

Internship:1980 - 1981
Ochsner Medical Foundation Internal Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency:1981- 1984
Tulane University School of Medicine Ophthalmology
New Orleans, Louisiana

Career:
1985-1993
Eye Care & Surgery Center

Eye Medical Center 1993-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Award of Excellence - June 8, 1984 / Annual CS O'Brien Professorship and Annual Tulane Eye Alumni
  • LaserVision 2001 TOP 100 - In Recognition of Achieving Excellence in Refractive Surgery
  • 2006 Laser Vision TOP 50 Surgeons - In Recognition of Achieving Excellence in Refractive Surgery
  • America's Top Ophthalmologist 2009 - Cataract/Refractive Surgery / Consumer's Research Council of America

H. Michael Haik, Jr, MD, FACS

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (3)

Board Certification:June 1998

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Oculoplastics
Refractive Surgery

Education:
M.D. Degree: 1988
Louisiana State University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Pre-Residency Fellowship:1989-1990
University of Calgary
Alberta, Canada

Internship:1988-1989
Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Residency:1990-1993
Ochsner Foundation Hospital
New Orleans, Louisiana

Fellowship:1993-1994
Oculoplastics & Orbital Reconstruction
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

Career:
1995
Haik Eye Center
Metairie, Louisiana

Eye Medical Center 1995-Present

Memberships:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • American Medical Association
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society

Allen R. Pearce, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (4)

Board Certification:1996

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Refractive Surgery

Education:
M.D. Degree:1990
Louisiana State University
Shreveport, Louisiana

Internship:1990-1991
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Residency:1991-1994
W. K. Kellogg Eye Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Career:
1995-1998
Private Practice
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Eye Medical Center 1998-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • American Medical Association
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • 2006 Laser Vision TOP 50 Surgeons - In Recognition of Achieving Excellence in Refractive Surgery

Shaye S. Luckett, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (5)

Board Certification:1998

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery

Education:
M.D. Degree:1990
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Internship:1990-1992
Louisiana State University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency:1992-1996
Louisiana State University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Career:
1996-1999
Hoth Eye Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Eye Medical Center 1999-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Southern Medical Association

Thomas J. Heigle, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (6)

Board Certification: May 1997

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Cornea and External Diseases
Corneal Transplants

Education:
M.D. Degree:May 1991
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Internship:1991-1992
Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency:1992-1995
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami
Miami, Florida

Cornea External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship: 1995-1996
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Career:
1996-2000
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami
Miami, Florida

Eye Medical Center 2000-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Paton Society (Eye Bank of America)

David P. Fargason, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (7)

Board Certification: June 2005

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Refractive Surgery
Diabetic Retinopathy

Education:
M.D. Degree:May 1997
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Internship:1997-1998
Ochsner Medical Foundation
New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency:1998-2002
Louisiana State University Eye Center
Department of Opthalmology
New Orleans, Louisiana

Career:
Eye Medical Center 2002-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society

Philip D. Ehrlich, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (8)

Board Certification: June 2000

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Glaucoma Specialist

Education:
M.D. Degree:1999
SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, NY

Internship:1999-2000
Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
New Orleans, LA

Residency:2000-2004
LSU Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA

Fellowship:2004-2005
Glaucoma Fellowship
Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
New Orleans, LA

Career:
Eye Medical Center 2005-Present

Memberships:

  • American Medical Association
  • Southern Medical Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology

George D. Fivgas, MD, FACS

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (9)

Board Certification:May 2000

Specialty Areas:
Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Retinal Detachment
Retinal Vascular Disorders
Uveitis
Ocular Trauma & Other Retinal Diseases

Education:
M.D. Degree:1994
Emory University School of Medicine,
Atlanta, Georgia

Internship: 1994-1995
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Residency:1995-1998
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Ophthalmology
Atlanta, Georgia

Fellowship:1998 - 2000
Retina and Vitreous Associates of Alabama
Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital/UAB School of Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama

Helen KellerEye Research Foundation
Birmingham, Alabama

Career:
2000 - 2007
Ochsner Medical Foundation
Department of Ophthalmology
Section of Retina and Vitreous
New Orleans, Louisiana

2000 - 2006
Vitreoretinal Institute
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Eye Medical Center 2007-Present

Memberships:

  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • American College of Surgeons
  • New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • OLOL Chief of Ophthalmology, 2009-2011

Candace C. Collins, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (10)

Board Certification:1989

Specialty Areas:
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Adult Eye Muscle Disorders
Cataract Surgery

Education:
MD Degree: 1983
Tulane Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Internship:1983 - 1984
Earl K. Long Hospital
Flexible Internship
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Residency:1984 - 1987
Tulane Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
New Orleans, Louisiana

Fellowship:1987 - 1988
Louisiana State University Eye Center, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

Career:
Private Practice Slidell, Louisiana1989 - 2008

Assistant Professor2004 - Present
Tulane Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology

Eye Medical Center 2006-Present

Memberships:

  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Southern Medical Association
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthlamology and Strabismus
  • Clinical Assistant Professor TMC (2004-Present)

Joseph A. Lamendola, Jr., OD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (11)

((Retired))

Specialty Areas:
Optometrist
Eye Examinations
Eye Glasses
Contact Lenses
Keratoconus Management

Education:
B.S. Degree:1953
Louisiana State University

O.D. Degree:1962
Southern College of Optometry as a
Doctor of Optometry
Memphis, Tennessee

Career:
1962-1997
Private Practice
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Eye Medical Center 1997-Present

Memberships:

  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Optometric Association
  • Charter Member of the Section on Contact lenses of the American Optometric Association
  • Recipient of the "Humanitarian Award" from the East Baton Rouge School Board

Annette M. Rhodes, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (12)

Board Certification: November 2010

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery

Education:
MD: 2005
LSU Health Sciences Center
Shreveport, Louisiana

Internship: 2006
Ochsner Clinic Foundation Internal Medicine

Residency: 2009
LSU/OCHSNER
Ophthalmology Residency Program

Career:
Eye Medical Center 2009-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Louisiana State Medical Society

  • American Society of Cornea and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)

Daniel H. Nelson MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (13)

Board Certified: 2016

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery
Refractive Surgery
Cornea and External Diseases

Education:
M.D. Degree: 2011
Louisiana State University, Health and Sciences Center
Shreveport, Louisiana

Internship: 2011 - 2012
Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Residency:2012 - 2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Fellowship:2017- 2018
Cornea and External Disease
Eye Medical Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Career:
Eye Medical Center 2015-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Alpha Omega Apha
  • North Carolina Association of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Jamie L. Hatcher, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (14)

Board Certification: 2016

Specialty Areas:
Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Retinal Detachment
Retinal Vascular Disorders
Uveitis
Ocular Trauma & Other Retinal Diseases

Education:
M.D. Degree: 2010
Louisiana State University, School of Medicine,
Shreveport, Louisiana

Internship: 2010-1011
Ochsner
New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency:
Louisiana State University
Department of Ophthalmology
New Orleans, Louisiana

RetinaFellowship:2014 - 2016
Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Career:
Eye Medical Center 2017-Present

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists

Devin B. Tran, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (15)

Specialty Area:
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Cornea and External Diseases
Cataract Surgery
Refractive Surgery

Education:
M.D. Degree:2014
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

B.S. Degree: 2010
Louisiana State University,Biological Sciences
Summa cum laude
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Internship: 2014-2015
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Residency: 2015-2018
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
Jackson, Mississippi

Fellowship: 2018-2019
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Career:
Eye Medical Center 2019-Present

Bio:

Dr. Tran was born and raised in Alexandria, LA as a product of the Vietnam war through the union of a first-generation, Southern Vietnamese immigrant and an American woman. He and his 7 siblings' upbringing can be summed up in two words, "one bathroom." His humble roots taught him compassion and appreciation for his fellow man planting the seedfor a love of medicine. He graduated valedictorian of a public high school and went on to earn a University Medal (4.0 GPA) at LSU in Baton Rouge. He chose to stay near family when his father became terminally ill attending LSUHSC Medical School in New Orleans where he thrived. In medical school, the dexterous hobbies of his childhood, like guitar, transferred to a passion for ocular microsurgery. He went on to Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS where he served as Chief Resident during his senior year. In Mississippi, Dr. Tran discovered his love for bringing sight to the blind through cataract and corneal transplantation surgery. He gave multiple presentations at meetings of personal research performed on a multitude of eye diseases; and, he even developed a smartphone app for tracking surgical results and complications for residents. After residency, Dr. Tran completed a Cornea Fellowship with the internationally renowned Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This experience majorly influenced the clinician and surgeon he is today. There, he published a standard shattering paper on the usage of antifungal prophylaxis in corneal transplant storage media which was featured in the highly regarded Ophthalmologic journal, "Cornea". It was also here where he learned of his distaste for 7 months of cold weather. As a result, he flew back South and began practicing back in the home of the Tigers, Baton Rouge. Since moving back, Dr. Tran has continued the growth mindset and in 2023, he became the first surgeon in the state and the fifth surgeon in the country to perform a special corneal implant procedure known as “Corneal Allogenic Intrastromal Ring Segments” (CAIRS). In 2024, he became the second surgeon in Baton Rouge to perform the newest LASIK alternative known as “Implantable Contact Lenses” (ICL). Dr. Tran has many future goals of improving patient access to the most modern technologies in the field of cataract and cornea disease. In his free time, Dr. Tran enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter through outside hobbies like hiking, camping, landscaping, gardening, and tailgating. He also enjoys inside hobbies with his family like watching movies and television as well as singing karaoke.

Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Cornea Society

Michael D. Abbott, OD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (16)

Specialty Areas:
Optometrist
Eye Examinations
Eye Glasses
Contact Lenses

Education:
B.S. Degree:1995
Southeastern Louisiana University

O.D. Degree:2000
Southern College of Optometry as a
Doctor of Optometry

Career:
2000-2011
Private Practice
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Eye Medical Center 2012-Present

Memberships:

  • Omega Delta Optometric Fraternity
  • American Optometric Association
  • Louisiana Optometric Association

R. Lucas Patin, OD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (17)

Specialty Areas:
Optometry
Comprehensive Eye Examinations
Glasses/Contact Lenses
Medical Treatment of Acute Eye Problems
Low Vision Rehabilitation

Education:
Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee, 2001
Louisiana State University, B.S. 2005
Southern College of Optometry, O.D. 2010

Career:
Baker Eye Care 2010-2011
Eye Medical Center 2011-Present

Memberships:

  • American Optometric Association
  • Optometric Association of Louisiana

Daniel J. Dodson, MD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (18)

Board Certification: 2008

Specialty Areas:
Ophthalmology
Cataract surgery
Glaucoma

Education:
M.D. Degree:2003
Louisiana State University

Internship:2003-2004
Department of Internal Medicine Earl K Long
Baton Rouge, LA

Residency: 2004-2007
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

Career:
2007-2010
Caplan Eye care clinic
Metairie, LA

2010-2021
North Oaks eye care
Hammond, LA

2021-present
EYE Medical Center
Hammond, LA

Memberships:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology

Laurén Luckett Dardar, OD

Doctors | Eye Medical Center (19)

Specialty Areas:
Optometrist
Eye Examinations
Eye Glasses
Contact Lenses
Vision/ocular health

Education:
B.S. Degree:2018
Louisiana State University

O.D. Degree:2023
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Career:
Simon-Williamson Clinic
Alabama Family Eye Care
Eye Medical Center 2023

Memberships:

  • Beta Sigma Kappa
  • International Optometric Honor Society
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