Wilfredo C. Lara, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is fellowship trained in disease and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He was born in Maryland and raised in Miami, Fla. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Florida International University with extensive academic and personal accomplishments.
Dr. Lara is deeply embedded in the South Florida Community and is fluent in Spanish. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he received numerous awards. He then completed an internship at the Hospital of Saint Raphael/Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Lara went on to complete an ophthalmology residency as well as a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Dr. Lara, together with Drs. Gonzalez, Levy, Shienbaum, and Taher, established Retina Macula Specialists of Miami with the vision of improving quality of life through prevention and treatment of retina and vitreous disease. Retina Macula Specialists of Miami is committed to providing personalized care while delivering the latest technological advances in the field.
Dr. Levy is one of the most widely known and respected retina surgeons and vitreous specialists in South Florida. A native of Miami, Dr. Levy received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served as Chief Resident during his Ophthalmology Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, in association with the Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Fellow in Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery, Dr. Levy received additional subspecialty training at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Levy is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists. He has been published in medical journals, has served as a speaker at national ophthalmologic meetings and was awarded a Travel Fellowship from the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Levy has been recognized as one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors. The Compassionate Doctor certification is part of the Patients' Choice recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors. While physicians generally receive positive feedback from their patients, only a select few receive praise about the compassion that accompanied their care. In fact, of the nation's 870,000 active doctors, only 3 percent were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012. El Dr. Levy habla español con fluidez.
Dr. Taher is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with sub-specialty training in Vitreo-Retinal surgery. Dr. Taher completed a two year Vitreo-Retinal fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. He finished his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida and his medical school training at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern and North African History at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Taher has authored several chapters in the text “Retinal Disorders and Acute Visual Loss.” He has been involved in the research of surgical treatments for retinal vascular occlusions and laser use in macular degeneration. He also has an interest in diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. He has also been involved in the management and treatment of ocular trauma and intraocular foreign bodies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He is also a member of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and Florida Medical Association.
He also serves as a consultant for an educational company based in Los Angeles. Dr. Taher was on the Board of Directors for Pediatric Radiology of America and Cardiac America--two telemedicine companies.
Dr. Brendan Girschek is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and fellowship trained retinal surgeon who practiced for the last several years in Iowa. Dr. Girschek completed his residency training at the Louisiana State University/ Ochsner Health Systems in New Orleans, LA followed by a two-year fellowship at the Charles Retina Institute/ University of Tennessee under the guidance of the pre-eminent Dr. Steve Charles.
Professional interest include surgical repair of retinal detachments and macular disease,diagnosis and management of complex medical retina and uveitis cases as well as screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurely. Dr. Girschek is an oral examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a contributor and reviewer for many ophthalmology journals, including Ophthalmology Management and Retina Today. An experienced speaker, Dr. Girshcek has hosted COPE optometry lectures as well as lectured at state-wide optometry meetings in the past.
He is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Diana Shechtman is a board certified optometric physician. She completed her undergraduate studies with honors at University of Florida. She was awarded her Doctor of Optometry degree with honors by Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. In 1999, she completed a residency focused on the diagnosis and management of ocular disease at Fox Medical Center in Miami, Florida.
She then joined Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she was promoted to the ranking of Professor and served as a full-time faculty member for 18 years. In 2016, she completed a 6-months sabbatical focusing on the diagnosis and management of retinal diseases. She is currently a consultative optometric physician at Retina Macula Specialists of Miami.
During her academic career, she was recognized with numerous awards for her excellence in teaching. Among her many roles, she served as the primary instructor of Optometric Theory & Methods, a clinician in the Eye Care Institute, as well as the coordinator of the Diabetes & Macula Service and the Director of Interdisciplinary Education.
Dr. Shechtman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retinal Society (ORS), where she also serves as an Executive Board member. In addition, she continues to serve as a member of numerous professional committees. She is also on a number of Advisory Boards and Professional Speakers Bureau for various companies. Dr. Shechtman is on the Editorial Review Board of multiple professional journals. She co-authored the Research Review column and was the lead author for the Interdisciplinary Care column.
Dr. Shechtman continues to publish numerous posters and peer reviewed articles focusing in the area of retinal disease. She also continues to participate in various research grants and projects. Dr. Shechtman has lectured extensively at a local, national as well as international level in the area of vitreoretinal disease. Dr. Shechtman is fluent in Spanish.