Physicians

WHAT IS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST?

Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care. They diagnose and treat all eye diseases. Many ophthalmologists conduct scientific research to improve treatment options and to find cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor who has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery.

Founded in 1916, the American Board of ophthalmology is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the united states. The ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists and is one of 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of medical specialties and the American medical association.

RONALD E. P. FRENKEL, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.

LASER CATARACT SURGEON WITH PREMIUM LENS IMPLANTS, GLACOUMA AND MEDICAL RETINA SPECIALIST,
HARVARD TRAINED EYE PHYSICIAN/SURGEON

FOUNDER OF THE EYE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR OF EAST FLORIDA EYE INSTITUTE

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Dr. Frenkel founded the East Florida Eye Institute in 1989 to bring state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment to the Treasure Coast, specializing in the most advanced treatments for Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a Former Professor of Ophthalmology on the Voluntary Faculty at the US News #1 Ranked Eye Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Kresge Eye Institute and has been annually rated a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly.

Dr. Frenkel is a recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was honored with a Glaucoma Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and a Retina Fellowship at East Florida Eye Institute. He did his residency at the Kresge Eye Institute and his internship at Harvard Medical School. He is one of the very few Elected Members of both the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Glaucoma Society. Dr. Frenkel has spoken at over 100+ Medical meetings, published over 80+ Peer Reviewed Manuscripts & Abstracts, and has been a Principal Investigator in 90+ Clinical Trials that have brought revolutionary new treatments to patients in his field of studies.

ANITA BARIKIAN, M.D.

MEDICAL RETINA SPECIALIST, BASCOM PALMER TRAINED EYE PHYSICIAN

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Dr. Barikian is an ophthalmologist who specializes in medical retina. She was a former medical retina instructor at the US News #1 Ranked Eye Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She completed two years of medical retina fellowships at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She also completed an ocular oncology fellowship at University of Tennessee Health Sciences and St. Jude Hospital. She previously served in her residency as chief resident.

Dr. Barikian is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. She is a reviewer of several ophthalmologic journals and has presented at numerous medical conferences. She has published over 30+ Manuscripts & Abstracts, and is an Investigator in Clinical Trials for the diagnosis and management of various ophthalmologic diseases. Dr. Barikian has extensive clinical and research experience in the areas of retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular diseases.

PAUL SCHACKNOW, M.D., PH.D

GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST, HARVARD TRAINED EYE PHYSICIAN

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Dr. Schacknow is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and he has been elected to membership in the American Glaucoma Society. He currently holds an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Schacknow participates in many additional activities in the professional eye care community. He was President of the Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society in 2001. He has published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and written book chapters on glaucoma diagnostic and surgical techniques. He is co-editor for two major ophthalmology textbooks, “The Glaucoma Book,” and “Clinical Glaucoma Care.” He frequently is invited to lecture nationally and internationally at professional meetings of ophthalmologists, optometrists and vision research scientists.

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