Graduated from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 1976 with honors. Internship in Internal Medicine under Robert G. Petersdorf, M.D. (editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine) at University of Washington with assignment to the Swedish Hospital, Seattle CCU during 1977. Academic ophthalmology residency then completed at the University of Washington under Robert E. Kalina, M.D., including service as chief resident. Entered practice in Provo with The Eye Clinic of Provo in 1980 with Drs. Merrill C. Oaks, Delbert G. Ririe and Herman K. Hatch for next 12 years, with wide experience in cataract surgery, corneal transplants, pediatric strabismus, ocular plastic surgery and retina for the Clinic. Completed formal surgical and medical retina fellowships in 1993 at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Brian P. Conway, M.D.) and in 1994 at the University of London (Professor Alan C. Bird, M.D. Moorfields Eye Hospital-largest Eye Hospital in Europe).
Fully board certified ophthalmologist as a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1981.
Started an independent full-service retina practice in 1994 in Utah Valley with weekly outreach clinics in Vernal, Roosevelt, Ephraim, Richfield and Price, Utah. Former department chair at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (UVRMC), research attending for the national Cryo-ROP study, Morcher IOL/Irido Prosthesis Study and co-author for American Academy of Ophthalmology Uveitis Study Group.
Currently an associate of the American Society of Retina Specialists, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, and consulting ophthalmologist for the Newborn ICU at UVRMC (Provo, UT), Timpanogos Regional Medical Center (Orem, UT), Intermountain Medical Center (Murray, UT), St. Mark’s Hospital (Millcreek, UT) and Jordan Valley Hospital (West Jordan, UT), screening premature infants for retinopathy of prematurity, tumors, inflammation and congenital anomalies. Active member of Research To Prevent Blindness, EyeCare America, University of Southern California Professional Group, Utah Medical Association, Utah Ophthalmology Society and participant in Mountainlands Volunteer Group (providing gratis care to uninsured and transients).
Volunteer for LDS Church and Deseret International with clinics in Bolivia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
Research interests are multimodality retinal angiography and retina imaging, retinopathy of prematurity and retinal outer segment physiology/pathology. Recently published information regarding adverse ocular outcomes with use of bevacizumab (Avastin).
Current active practice accepts patients for evaluation and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments/trauma, retinal vascular disease, co-management of anterior segment disorders that involve retina (such as high myopia, IOL dislocations, neovascular glaucoma), endophthalmitis, and heredodegenerative retina/choroidopathies. Office management of retinal tears, pharmacologic intraocular and intravenous management of exudative (“wet”) macular degeneration and all forms of ophthalmic thermal laser.