Project Description



1982-1986                            NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY                                                  Evanston, IL

Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Specialization in Physiological systems.


1986-1990                            MEDICAL COLLEGE OF OHIO                                                     Toledo, OH

Doctor of Medicine degree.


1990-1996                            VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY                                                                         Nashville, TN

Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular Physiology and

Biophysics.  Characterization of transcriptional regulatory

Factors and cell type-specific differentiation in the laboratory

Of Dr. M.A. Magnuson.


1993-1994                            VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY                                                                         Nashville, TN

Internship in Internal Medicine


1994-1997                            SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE                           St. Louis, MO


Residency in Ophthalmology.


1997-1999                            UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS                              Iowa City, IA

Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery.




  • Best presentation for resident or fellow AUPO meeting, January 1999.
  • Chosen to present at the AUPO meeting, January 1999.
  • Knapp Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow, July 1998-June 1999.
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow, July 1997-June 1998.
  • Harrison Jerrold Award for Outstanding Resident, 1997.
  • Chief Resident for Ophthalmology residency program, 1997.
  • David and Nancy Schanzlin Award for Basic Science Research, 1994-1995.
  • Manuscript cited in Journal Highlights of the American Society of Microbiology

Newsletter, December, 1994.

  • Represented Medical College of Ohio at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Medical

Student Workshop, National Institutes of Health, 1989.

  • Top Ten Surgical Retinal Videos, RetinaLinkGlobal 2017 and 2018
  • Varsity Track Letterman, Northwestern University, 1986.




  • American Board of Ophthalmology, May 2000; Recertification December 2010; Certification number: 206559




  • Tennessee, June 1999; License number: 031771
  • Georgia, December 2001;License number: 049982
  • Florida, March 2005; License number: ME93012
  • Mississippi, August 2006; License number: 19476
  • Iowa, June 1997; License number: 31823
  • Alabama, November 2004; License number: 26319
  • Indiana, October 2014; License number:




  • Vitreous Society
  • Club Vit
  • American Society of Retinal Specialists
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Medical Association
  • Phi Delta Epsilon




1999-2004                            Assistant Professor                                                                                              Chattanooga, TN

University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center

Chattanooga Unit of the College of Medicine





1999-2005                            Erlanger Hospital. Inactive.                                                                               Chattanooga, TN

1999-2002                            Memorial Hospital. Inactive.                                                                            Chattanooga, TN

2004-Present                        Providence Hospital                                                                                            Mobile, AL

2004-Present                        Mobile Infirmary                                                                                                 Mobile, Al

2004-Present                        University of South Alabama                                                                           Mobile, AL

2005-Present                        Springhill Medical Center

Mobile, AL

2009-Present                        Biloxi Regional Hospital                                                                                    Biloxi, AL




March 2017 – Present      Diagnostic And Medical Clinic                                                                         Mobile, AL

Specialist in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery.



2005 – March 2017            Retina Specialty Institute                                                                  Pensacola, FL

Specialist in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery.


August 2004 – Present         RFE Pharma. Co-founder and Medical Director                                         Framingham, MA

Company focused on developing novel small molecular

Weight compounds to treat new vascular ocular diseases.



1999-2004                            Southeastern Retina Associates, Inc                                                               Chattanooga, TN

Specialist in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery.