Dr. Geeta Shah
Dr. Shah received her Master of Surgery Ophthalmology at the University of Bombay, India (Equivalent to Board Certification in the US) in 1981, and received the honor certificate. She obtained her diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the University of Bombay, India and received the Gold Medal as the candidate attaining the highest rank in the class. In addition to Dr. Shah’s work with the The Villages Eye Institute, she was a staff Ophthalmologist at Rowan Eye Center and St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute. From 1993 to 1998 Dr. Shah was the founding Medical Director for the Chinmaya Eye Institute Project, a charitable eye clinic and surgical facility in Pune, India. From 1998 to 2004 Dr. Shah held the distinction of Medical Director and surgeon at the Chinmaya Eye Institute. Dr. Shah has been in practice with the The Villages Eye Institute since September 2005
Larry Perich, DO - Program Director
Dr. Larry Perich was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. After Graduation from Warren Western Reserve High School, Dr. Perich Attended the University of Southern California. He completed his undergraduate studies Cum Laude with a major in Biochemistry and was awarded the Bachelor in Science Degree. Dr. Perich continued his education at the Chicago College of Osteopathy where he received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Perich completed a Rotating Internship at Suncoast Hospital in Largo, Florida and participated in an Ophthalmic Basic Science Training Course at Herman Eye Center, University of Texas, Houston. He then went on to become Resident of Ophthalmology at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In practice since 1983, Dr. Perich has five medical eye centers. Two of which include well-appointed, State-of-the-Art surgical facilities. These two facilities are; the The Villages Eye Institute, located at 2020 Seven Springs Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL and the The Villages Eye Institute, located at 11809 North Dale Mabry, Tampa, Florida. His additional offices are located in Spring Hill, Zephyrhills and Ocala. Dr. Perich is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and holds Professional Memberships in the AOA, The American Academy of Ophthalmology and OCOO. Dr. Perich has had numerous awards bestowed upon him including a second-year award from Town and Country Medical Center for highest volume outpatient surgery performed. Recognized internationally as a leader in the field of excimer laser surgery, Dr. Perich is also a notable expert in no-stitch cataract surgery and the development of new multi-focal intra ocular lens implants and cosmetic laser procedures.
Dan P. Montzka, M.D.
Dr. Dan P. Montzka, a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializes in diseases of the vitreous and retina. His area of sub-specialty includes the medical and surgical management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and complications of intraocular surgery.
Dr. Montzka received his bachelor's degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology in 1985. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1989, receiving the Charles A. Oliver award for outstanding achievement in the field of Ophthalmology. After serving his ophthalmology residency at the Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Dr. Montzka completed his fellowship training in retina and intraocular tumors at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Montzka has authored numerous papers on retinal vascular disease and retinal electrophysiology. He edited the popular Wills Eye Hospital Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology on CD-ROM and served as the medical consultant on the classic ophthalmology reference Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology on CD-ROM. Dr. Montzka has developed his own electronic medical software for use in his practice. In April 2001, he earned a United States Patent for the apparatus, system and method for securing scleral tissue during certain forms of retina surgery.
Dr. Montzka maintains an active interest in the latest research and treatment of retinal disease. He recently served as an investigator for the Visudyne Photodynamic Therapy Study and Rheopheresis Clinical Trial.
Dr. Montzka and his wife, Marianne, have four children and reside in Clearwater.
Medical and Professional Memberships
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
American Society of Retinal Specialists
Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology
Pasco County Medical Society
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Jason Handza, D.O.
Dr. Handza is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in the treatment of all medical and surgical retinal disease and laser surgery. This includes diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal tears and detachments. Dr. Handza graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. He received his medical degree with honors from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at Kettering Medical Center/Grandview Hospital.
He then completed a post graduate fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the nationally respected University of South Florida Eye Institute. He was twice awarded the prestigious Patrick Murray Award given by the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology to a physician demonstrating “professional proficiency, unusual merit and skills in the practice of ophthalmology. He also received the coveted Galen S. Young, Sr. Award from the P.C.O.M. Department of Surgery for his exceptional surgical ability. He has been delivering specialty eye care in Florida since 2004.
Dr. Handza has trained with many highly respected physicians considered to be experts in the field of ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery. As a Co-Investigator, he has been on the forefront of research aimed at the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. His research was focused on the study of Lucentis for macular degeneration, including two different Phase III trials of rhuFab V2 [Ranibizumab]; (ANCHOR) and (MARINA) by Genentech, one Phase I/II trial of rhuFab V2 [Ranibizumab], and the Phase III trial of Protein Kinase C B Inhibitor - Diabetic Retinopathy Study 2 (PKC-DRS2) by Eli Lilly. He regularly lectures at and attends conferences and educational programs on the most recent advances in the field of ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery. He is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Osteopathic Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been appointed to the medical staff at Largo Medical Center.
Oren Z. Plous, M.D.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Oren Plous is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He specializes in the medical and surgical management of diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, simple and complex retinal detachments, and uveitis.
Dr. Plous earned his Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Plous completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute and a fellowship in vitreo-retinal medicine and surgery at the University of Kentucky. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Plous has a passion for clinical research and has been a principal, or co-investigator, on many FDA-approved clinical trials. He has presented numerous lectures to medical students, residents and medical professionals on topics in vitreo-retinal disease and uveitis. Dr. Plous has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Archives of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Retina.
Eric Eggenberger, D.O.
Education and Professional Positions:
D.O., Michigan State University, 1987
B.S., Michigan State University, Nutritional Sciences, 1983
Chief intern, Detroit Osteopathic & Bi-County Community Hospital 1987-88
Neurology resident, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
Chief Resident, Neurology, Loyola University Medical Center, 1991-92
Fellow, Neuro-ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Assistant Professor, MSU, 1993
Associate Professor, Vice-Chairman, MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, 2000
Masters in Epidemiology, MSU, 1999-ongoing.
Clinical Interests and current position
2007: Epidemiology Masters Program
1992-1993: Fellow in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
1988-1992: Resident, Loyola University Medical Center, Neurology
1987-1988: Intern, Detroit Osteopathic & Bi-County Community Hospital
2004-present: Professor and Vice Chairman, Michigan State University, Neurology
2000-2004: Associate Professor and Vice Chairman, Michigan State University, Neurology
1993-2000: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Neurology)
James Rowsey, MD
• Undergraduate: George Washington University
• Medical School: George Washington University
• Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Michigan
• Initiated Corneal Research Program at Dean A. McGee Institute, University of Oklahoma
David Kauffman, D.O.
Education and Professional Positions:
D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1978
B.S., University of Wisconsin, Zoology and History, 1973
1983-1984: Fellow in Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, Massachusetts General Hospital
1982-1983: Fellow in Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Wisconsin
1979-1982: Resident, University of Wisconsin, Neurology
1978-1979: Intern, Cherry Hill Medical Center
2000-present: Professor and Chair, Michigan State University, Neurology and Ophthalmology
2011-present: Founding Chair, Sparrow Hospital Department of Neurology
1992-present: Medical Director: Sparrow Health Systems Neurologic Centers of Excellence
1998-2000: Professor and Director, Michigan State University, Center for Clinical Neuroscience and Ophthalmology
1996-2000: Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Neurology)
1994-1996: Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Neurology)
1992-present: Medical Director: Sparrow Neurologic Centers of Excellence
1988-1994: Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology)
1984-1988: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology)
Sunita Yedavally, D.O.
Education and Professional Positions:
D.O., Michigan State University, 1985
Graduate studies in Biophysics and Physiology 1979-81
B.S., Wayne State University, Biology 1979
2003-present: Clinical Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Neurology
2000-2003: Clinical Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Neurology
1991-1992: Fellow in Vitreo-Retinal Disease, Kresge Eye Institute
1990-1991: Fellow in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital
1987-1990: Resident, Detroit Osteopathic Ophthalmology Consortium, Ophthalmology
1986-1987: Fellow in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Michigan State University
1985-1986: Intern, Detroit Osteopathic Hospital