Dr. Diaz is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained refractive surgeon, specializing in cataract surgery and laser vision correction. She attended the University of South Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2003. She holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. She also served as chief resident of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida.
Dr. Diaz is one of the few fellowship trained refractive surgeons, having completed a year long fellowship focused on vision correction procedures including LASIK, PRK and PTK.
Dr. Diaz’s research activities during her training included complex cataract cases, wound healing during LASIK and custom refractive surgery outcomes. She has presented at various state and national meetings including Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Diaz is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
In addition to her medical interests, Dr. Diaz enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, along with scuba diving, bicycling, fishing, traveling and motorcycle riding.
Dr. Neil Shmunes, a Jacksonville native, attended the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and was inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society. Dr. Shmunes graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1981. There he was inducted into the AΩA Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Charles V. Duss, a Jacksonville native, received his Bachelor of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. He later attended the University of South Florida College of Medicine where he joined the AΩA Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Karim J. Samara, a Jacksonville native, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University in 1998. Dr. Samara is one of only a few physicians in the United States who is Board Certified in both Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Sushma Vance joined Atlantic Eye Institute in January 2017 and is a board certified, fellowship trained retina specialist. Dr. Vance graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.
Dr. C. Steven Lancaster, born in Chicago, Illinois, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1976 and his Bachelor of Visual Science and Doctorate degrees from the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating with honors in 1980.
Dr. Danielle T. Callegari received her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree from Mississippi State University and her Bachelor of Vision Science and Doctorate degrees from NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft Lauderdale, Fl.