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Achieving the best results for patients begins with a team of eye care professionals that care about you and your family. By offering all eye care sub-specialties and surgical procedures as one team, Katzen Eye Group is Baltimore’s vision leader.
A DJ's Life Without Glasses
Jon Boesche, the morning show DJ for Mix 106.5 FM in Baltimore had a vision problem.
And it wasn’t going to get any better. the normal effects of eyes aging. But Jon discovered Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), a new vision correction procedure at Katzen Eye Group.
THE KATZEN TEAMMeet Our Doctors
Gary Baziz, O.D.
"I remember when I was 8 years old in third grade, Mrs. Feldman asked our class to present a science project. I was so interested in the eye I could not wait. I did all the research, looked up all the structures of the eye and then made a model. I was so excited to show the class and teach them about the eye! Mrs. Feldman was very impressed and till this day I still love working with the optics as well as the physiology of the eye."View Doctor's Profile
Erica Bernfeld, M.D.
“I love being able to restore vision with cataract or cornea surgery and helping people with a variety of eye diseases. I also love educating my patients about their eye conditions and working with them to arrive at the best, individualized plan of treatment.”View Doctor's Profile
Donna Booth, M.D., F.A.C.S.
"I chose Ophthalmology because surgeons make things happen and gives you a chance to make a difference in someone's life using science, skill and intuition."View Doctor's Profile
Francisco Burgos, O.D.
"When I was a kid my cousin was going to medical school and I would sneak into his studio when he was not there to go through his books and thinking back that was probably when I realize that I wanted to be in the medical field."View Doctor's Profile
Corinne Casey, O.D., F.A.A.O.
"In college I took a course called"Anatomy of Vision" where I learned the cellular structures, connections, and neurological processes that play a role in sight. Now I enjoy combining that knowledge of anatomy with advanced technology and personal care to enhance vision, overall health, and quality of life for my patients."View Doctor's Profile
Adrian Crichton, O.D.
As a kid, I was fascinated by sight - how could a bunch of cells in our eyes convert millions of photons of light into vision? I loved learning the anatomy and physiology behind this most precious sense, and find it very rewarding to be able to apply this knowledge to help my patients optimize and maintain their vision.View Doctor's Profile
James Doyle, M.D.
One my greatest joys in life is the opportunity to help improve and support children’s eye sight because of the positive impact it has on the rest of their lives.View Doctor's Profile
Apostolos J. Giannas, O.D.
"I started wearing glasses in the fourth grade and every year my eyes got weaker and the glasses were made stronger until I was so nearsighted that I could not see the clock on my nightstand from my bed unless it was 6 inches from my face. When I decided that I was going to work in healthcare, it was an easy decision to go to optometry school to learn about the mechanism of nearsighted and to be able to help others from becoming so nearsighted."View Doctor's Profile
Diane Golub, O.D.
Dr. Diane Golub has been a part of the Katzen Eye Group for more than 19 years. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She went on to attend the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she earned her Doctor of Optometry in 1989.View Doctor's Profile
Lauren Gormley, O.D.
"My love for eyes began at my first eye exam when I was 8 years old. I was a curious child and asked my eye doctor tons of questions about every step of the examination. She patiently answered all of my questions and when I left the office that day I turned to my parents, fascinated, and told them I was going to be an eye doctor. I've never changed my mind, and my passion for optometry grows everyday. I can't imagine a better profession for me!"View Doctor's Profile
Michael Grodin, D.O.
"My commitment is to provide compassionate, personalized treatment of diseases affecting the retina, vitreous, and macula using state of the art technology. I am dedicated to helping my patients increase their quality of life, whether it's improving or preserving their vision."View Doctor's Profile
Joseph Harlan, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
"Although we do not have the cure for every difficult retinal disease, we are extremely fortunate to have access to a wide array of highly advanced medical and surgical technologies to help us solve many challenging and complicated retinal problems. The ability to provide hope and healing in the face of difficult vision problems is highly rewarding, and it's the reason I became a retinal specialist and it's the reason I go to work every day."View Doctor's Profile
David Heath, O.D.
"I started wearing eyeglasses at age 7 and always loved going to the 'eye doctor'. I knew at a young age that I wanted to be in the medical field. During an eye exam while in high school, I was discussing career choices with my Optometrist and he said "become an Optometrist and I'll give you a job". I took him at his word, started working with his practice in 1980 and stayed for 36 years as an owner/partner. I enjoy serving my patients with personal, professional care and I feel that the Katzen Eye Group gives me the opportunity to continue that type of practice".View Doctor's Profile
Sajeev Kathuria, M.D., F.A.C.S.
"From an early age, I have enjoyed both the arts and the sciences. During my training in Ophthalmology, I decided to specialize in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made! Over the course of my career, I have been privileged to help my patients achieve the surgical results they desire by combining my passion for art and my respect for sound scientific principles."View Doctor's Profile
Brett Katzen, M.D., F.A.C.S
"I joined Katzen Eye Group to perpetuate my fathers vision of helping people and making a difference by working with patients to improve their vision and restore sight!"View Doctor's Profile
Arthur Kovens, O.D.
"For 34 years, my practice was guided by the Mission Statement: To help provide the highest quality of life for our patients by assuring their best possible visual performance. To deliver the maximum level of eye care possible by maintaining the highest health care and eye wear standards, and to provide our services in a caring, sincere, and informative way..."View Doctor's Profile
Peter Lapinsky, M.D., F.A.C.S.
"The most gratifying part of my practice lies in utilizing the latest surgical advances to provide my patients with clear, natural post-operative vision."View Doctor's Profile
Robert Leikin, O.D.
"I have always wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Helping them see clearly has certaininly filled that need. However, with the advance of Laser and other ophthalmologic technology, individuals who have previously been seeing clearly with glasses and contact lenses are now seeing better than they ever had, without any additional correction. This "wows" not only the individual patients and their families, but me as well. I am honored that as part of the Katzen Eye Team, I am part of this miracle..."View Doctor's Profile
John C. Minardi, O.D.
Dr. John Minardi is a Board Certified Optometrist and has been practicing for over two decades. Dr. Minardi received his education from University of Michigan and New England College of Optometry, and went on to a residency at University of Miami Medical School’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.View Doctor's Profile
Jane Mok, O.D.
"It was an easy decision for me to enter into this profession, and to pay it forward. I love that my work allows me to serve others and to give back to the community. I strive to listen attentively to my patients and address their needs carefully."View Doctor's Profile
Verinder S. Nirankari, M.D., F.A.C.S.
“My inspiration for becoming a corneal surgeon came from observing my father as a young boy while he performed a corneal transplant giving a one-eyed patient the gift of renewed sight. I was lucky to also have a great mentor in Dr. R. Richards, the head of ophthalmology at University of Maryland, who taught me the science and art of ophthalmology alongside the humanity of eye care that I learned from my father.”View Doctor's Profile
Martin Novey, O.D.
"As a child I was fascinated by the eye doctor's office, how patients were being helped to see better and naturally curious how the visual system works". This led to a fulfilling career providing primary eye care to the community."View Doctor's Profile
Pranav Patel, M.D.
"As a medical student I traveled to India to work with an ophthalmologist who provided free eye care to the unprivileged. From that very first exposure to ophthalmology I learned the value of our precious gift of sight. I knew from that moment I wanted to devote the rest of life to the practice of ophthalmology."View Doctor's Profile
Jack Sadovnik, O.D.
"I have always been interested in biology and physics. Optometry is the perfect blend of the two. I find the application of the physics of how light travels through the eye and the biology of how the ocular structures translate that light into sight fascinating."View Doctor's Profile
Lori Sportelli, O.D.
"I have always wanted to help people, and sitting in the exam chair was so familiar to me since I have been wearing glasses since age 5... optometry seemed like the perfect fit— and it is! I feel lucky waking up to go to work everyday doing something that I love!"View Doctor's Profile
Barry Weiner, O.D.
“At age 10 , my older brother took me to his Optometrist for my first eye exam. The OD, Mel Waxman, so impressed me that I told my mother when i got home that that's what I want to do. Thankfully I did and I have enjoyed all 50 years of my career."View Doctor's Profile
Eric Williams, O.D.
"I recall in 5th grade art class the assignment was to draw what we wanted to be when we were adults. Well, I drew myself in a white lab coat not knowing exactly what field of the sciences that I would pursue. I am glad I chose the visual health sciences! It's a great feeling to help restore a patients vision, treat various diseases with a vast number of medications, and use the latest technology to give the best experience and care to my patients."View Doctor's Profile
Amy Zimmerman, M.D.
"I am proud to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather, who also chose ophthalmology as a lifelong profession. Listening to their stories about the joy of restoring sight impressed me at a very young age."View Doctor's Profile
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