Dr. Shivitz is an ophthalmologist specializing in cornea and external disease and practicing in private practice here in Nashville since 1984. His experience runs the gamut from sight-threatening corneal infections to sight-restoring surgical procedures of the cornea and anterior segment. With fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Baylor College of Medicine, he has successfully treated hundreds of patients with severe damage to the cornea as well as prevented severe vision loss in countless others.
More recently Dr. Shivitz has turned his skills to the surgical correction of near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. His early career experience with radial keratotomy at the Arrowsmith Eye Institute taught him to respect the power of surgery both to correct and to complete vision. With this background of medical and surgical experience, he has developed a prudent and cautious approach to the evaluation of patients considering laser refractive correction. Dr. Shivitz can easily recognize a difficult case as well as respond appropriately and swiftly in the event of an unexpected downturn. This combination of prudence and skill has led to high rate of success with both LASIK and PRK.
Educated in New York and receiving an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude in biology, Dr. Shivitz then earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University. Following a year of general medical training, he trained in the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine as a resident and then cornea fellow under the tutelage of David Paton and Dan Jones. At Baylor he was honored with a fellowship in corneal disease from the Eye Bank Association of America. While an undergraduate in New York he received a Myasthenia Gravis Research Fellowship and undergraduate Honor Awards in both mathematics and calculus.
Dr. Shivitz is an ophthalmologist certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. He is past chief-of-staff of the Department of Ophthalmology at Centennial Medical Center. He is a member on the board of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and has founded a scholarship for medical students at Vanderbilt University in memory of his parents, Louis and Ethel Shivitz.
Dr. Shivitz has worked as a volunteer at Metro General Hospital for 10 years, teaching the Vanderbilt Ophthalmology residents surgical skills, and clinical care in the area of corneal and infectious diseases.
His clinical interests include, but are not limited to: excimer laser refractive surgery, corneal transplantation, cataract extraction and lens implantation, excimer laser therapeutic surgery, diagnosis and treatment of severe corneal and scleral infections, and difficult contact lens fitting for irregular corneas (following RK, PRK, and LASIK, Keratoconus, trauma, etc.)
Dr. Chang is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery. He brings to Cornea Consultants of Nashville experience in cornea transplantation, anterior segment and cataract surgery, and refractive surgical procedures.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He also completed an internship and ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University. He was selected by the faculty to serve as Chief Resident during his final year of residency.
Dr. Chang continued his training with completion of a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the University of California, San Diego. His fellowship with Dr. Stuart Brown and Dr.David Schanzlin afforded him advanced training and experience in performing corneal transplants, anterior segment and cataract surgery, and refractive surgical procedures including PRK, LASIK, and Intacs.
Dr. Chang is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. His academic memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Cornea Society, and the American Medical Association. He has served as a board member for the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology. Throughout his career, he has participated in various charitable fundraisers including the Lions Club, the EyeCare America public service program, and Prevent Blindness Tennessee.
Our full service optical shop offers the most up-to-date lens products on the market. These include Hoya and Digital 5.0- a back side digitally processed lens. We also recommend premium anti-reflective lenses for maximum comfort and durability, and offer Transition photochromic lenses for extra eye protection when outdoors.Come see our wide selection of stylish reading glasses, high fashion frames, and sunglasses. From Prodesign to Tom Ford, we carry an array of styles and prices and can find the perfect frame to fit any budget. Custom and special orders are also available.
Along with our cornea-trained specialists, we have Jerry Knoch, licensed by the Tennessee Dispensing Opticians Association since 1980, and specialist in the fitting and care of conventional contact lenses.
Jerry also provides expertise in the more difficult lenses to fit. These include unusual corneal shapes such as Keratoconus, irregular astigmatism, surgically altered corneas, prosthetic contact lenses and other complicated problems where custom made lenses are necessary.
Jerry offers all of the popular name-brand contact lenses. These include disposable, Toric (for astigmatism correction), and progressive bifocal contact lenses.
We strive to make available to our patients not only the highest in quality care but also the most advanced products and technology on the market.
Jerry is available by appointment only, in the Centennial Physicians Park Building Suite 201. Please call (615)320-7200 for an appointment or information.