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Meet the Physicians

Erich B. Groos, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Groos is a native Nashvillian who has returned to practice ophthalmic surgery in his home city. He assumed the practice of L. Rowe Driver in 1994, and subsequently partnered with Ira A. Shivitz to form Cornea Consultants of Nashville. He brings to Nashville and this practice advanced techniques in corneal transplantation, high-risk cataract surgery with lens implantation and laser vision correction.

Dr. Groos supplemented his extensive knowledge and experience with corneal disease and surgery with training dedicated to develop excellent results in LASIK and PRK. Under the tutelage of Richard Lindstrom and David Hardten at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Dr. Groos has developed superior techniques in laser vision correction, which deliver high rates of success for patients in his care. In addition he adds careful preoperative screening and aggressive postoperative attention to potential complications to create a high level of safety for each patient he encounters.

Dr. Groos graduated valedictorian of Montgomery Bell Academy before leaving as a National Merit Scholar to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Princeton University. While at Princeton, he rowed for two national Championship Lightweight Crew teams. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, followed by a year of general medical internship in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there he traveled to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a department consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation. In his final year Dr. Groos was selected chief resident by his peers.

A fellowship in cornea and external disease at the University of California, Davis then followed. Here he learned the art of advanced diagnosis and surgical/medical treatment of complicated anterior segment eye problems. His mentors, Mark Mannis and Ivan Schwab, are among the most respected cornea specialists in the world.  More recently, Dr. Groos has trained with Francis Price and Gerrit Melles to perfect his technique in DSAEK and was the first surgeon in Middle Tennessee to perform the procedure.

Dr, Groos is an ophthalmologist, certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Medical Association (AMA). He has served for 18 years on the board of the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology as its Legislative Chair, a member of the Executive Committee, Councilor to the AAO and President. Dr. Groos is a previous President of the Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology. He is currently Medical Director of DCI Middle Tennessee Donor Services Ocular Program. He is involved in Research to Prevent Blindness and Prevent Blindness Tennessee, for which he participates in the "Operation I Care" program for children.  Dr. Groos serves as Medical Director of the Eye Surgery Center of Nashville.  He is a speaker for Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Groos has extensive family in the Nashville area. His wife Jane is the daughter of Mack and Katherine Linebaugh. They have a son Dylan and a daughter Savannah, both students at University School of Nashville.  Brother Michael is a commercial real estate agent with Vision Realty in Brentwood.  Sister Katie Nelson and brother-in-law Gep Nelson are established restaurant owners in Nashville and Brentwood (Yellow Porch, Wild Iris and Cross Corner Bar and Grill). Sister Margaret Sloan is a former Olympic marathoner. Erich B. Groos, Sr., M.D. is a respected obstetrician in Nashville for over 30 years. 


Ira A. Shivitz, M.D.


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.)

Bernard Chang, M.D.


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.

Dr. Chang is not only an accomplished ophthalmologist but a dedicated husband and father. His wife, Melissa, is a native of Nashville, and they enjoy spending time here with family and friends.

Harry Dempsey, LDO

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.  

Jerry Knoch, LDO/ Contact Lens Specialist

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.

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