Dr. Louis D. “Skip” Nichamin, the Medical Director of the Laurel Eye Clinic and the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center, has an unusually broad surgical experience including extensive experience performing vitreoretinal ophthalmic surgery, but his current focus centers upon cataract and refractive surgery (vision correction). Dr. Nichamin, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is an active member and leader in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty. Dr. Nichamin has served as the Chairman of the Cataract Clinical Committee of the ASCRS, and has been a Representative for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Councilors. He has received various awards for his work in the field of cataract, refractive, and laser eye surgery including the Academy’s Secretariat and Senior Achievement Awards. Dr. Nichamin has published numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and serves as an editor for the most widely read ophthalmic publications. He is an internationally recognized lecturer, innovator and teacher in his field, and serves as a scientific advisor for several leading ophthalmic companies.
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. Jeffrey L. Bezier is a Board certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years experience in western Pennsylvania. Dr. Bezier is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University. He completed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Bezier also served in the Medical Corps of the US Army. Dr. Bezier cares for patients in the Grove City, Seneca, and Brookville offices. He currently performs cataract and other ophthalmic procedures at Grove City Medical Center, and the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center.
We are excited to welcome Parag Parekh, MD, MPA to the Laurel Eye Clinic. Dr. Parekh is a fellowship trained, Board Certified Ophthalmologist who joined us in December 2011.
Dr. Parekh will be seeing patients in the Brookville, Altoona, DuBois, and Clearfield offices and will be performing cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, cornea surgery, and LASIK in both the Brookville and Altoona Laurel Laser & Surgery Center locations.
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.