Dr. Stewart VanHorn is a Board certified ophthalmologist with clinical, surgical and refractive surgery experience. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the UCLA Jules Stein Institute and then completed a fellowship in refractive and corneal surgery at the Sinsky Eye Institute in California prior to joining the Laurel Eye Clinic in 2000.
Dr. VanHorn specializes in cataract and refractive (vision correction) surgery. Dr. VanHorn sees patients in our Altoona, Bedford, Clearfield and Johnstown offices and will be performing cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and LASIK in the Altoona Laurel Laser & Surgery Center location while also performing cataract and glaucoma surgery in the Brookville Laurel Laser & Surgery Center.
Dr. Van Horn is honored to have participated in surgical ophthalmology mission work abroad. In his most recent trip, Dr. Van Horn spent about 10 days at the University of Gondar hospital where he trained doctors on performing phacoemulsification. He performed around 20 surgeries himself while doctors watched as part of his teaching process. Following his time in Gondar, Dr. VanHorn attended the Robert M. Sinskey Pediatric Eyecare Clinic in Addis Ababa on behalf of ASCRS where he treated adult patients.
Under of direction of Dr. Van Horn, the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center in Duncansville reached their 10,000th cataract removal milestone in 2013, just six years after the facility opened.
Parag Parekh, MD, MPA is a fellowship trained, Board Certified Ophthalmologist who joined us in December 2011.
Dr. Parekh sees patients in the Brookville, DuBois, Grove City, Seneca and St. Marys offices and performs cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, cornea surgery and LASIK in the Brookville Laurel Laser & Surgery Center.
Dr. Parekh earned his college degree from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). He was then awarded the Kennedy Fellowship to attend Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, MA), where he earned a Master's degree studying U.S. Health Policy, Economics, and Management.
Dr. Parekh completed his residency at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute (Baltimore, MD). He then specialized in cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, cornea surgery and LASIK during his fellowship with Minnesota Eye Consultants (Minneapolis, MN). After his training was complete, he spent several years in practice in Massachusetts, with offices in Boston and Cape Cod and clinical appointments at Harvard/Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and Tufts/New England Eye Center.
Dr. Parekh is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society (VOS), as well as the American Medical Association (AMA). He has performed significant clinical research, and has written numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters. He has also won numerous awards including the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute W. Richard Green Teaching Award, the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, and the America Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award.
Deepika Malik, MD, is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal Specialist. Dr. Malik specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with retinal disorders. She performs injections for the treatment of retinal diseaseand performs vitreo-retinal surgery.
Dr. Malik completed her vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine, in addition to two years of vitreous and retina surgery training at Nagri Eye Institute, Ahmedabad, India and Shroff Eye Center, New Delhi, India. Dr. Malik has previously worked at private practices in New Delhi, Udaipur, and Gurgaon, India, along with externships at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Midwest Eyecare in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Malik is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Vitreo-retina Society of India, the All-India Ophthalmological Society, and the Delhi Ophthalmological Society. She has performed significant clinical research trials and has been involved in multiple scientific presentations. In addition, she has been part of numerous scientific publications. At the end of her residencies at the M&J Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Mohan Eye Institute, she held second rank position in the Ophthalmology Board Examinations conducted by Gujarat University, National Board of Medical Examinations.
Dr. Malik is seeing patients in our Brookville, Grove City, and Altoona locations and performs surgery at the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center in Brookville.