Dr. Karim J. Samara, a Jacksonville native, joined Atlantic Eye Institute in July 2013. Dr. Samara graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1998. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2002 and completed a medical residency in Internal Medicine in 2005 followed by a surgical residency in Ophthalmology in 2008, both at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
Dr. Samara is one of only a few physicians in the United States who is Board Certified in both Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Samara served our Veterans at The Veterans Hospital as the lead ophthalmologist for 6 years prior to joining Atlantic Eye Institute. Dr. Samara was the lead instructor of ophthalmology resident’s and fellow’s surgical training during his appointment at the VA Hospital and Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Aside from training residents, Dr. Samara was responsible for being the primary surgeon on the most difficult cataract, glaucoma, and oculoplastic cases presenting at the VA Hospital.
Dr. Samara is proficient in many glaucoma surgeries including trabeculectomy and tube shunts. He also performs many minimally invasive glaucoma procedures including trabectome, selective laser trabeculoplasty, endoscopic cyclophotocoagualion, and mini shunts. He has also had advanced Oculoplastic surgery training and performs complicated eyelid surgeries, including eyelid reconstruction, skin grafts, malignancy excision, ptosis repair, blepharoplasty, and many other medical and cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Samara is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He volunteers his services for the Volunteer Eye Care organization at various nursing homes in the NE Florida area.
His hobbies are fishing, hiking and spending time with his family. He and his family attend a local Episcopal church.
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. Michelle Diaz joined Atlantic Eye Institute in January 2016. She is a fellowship trained refractive surgeon specializing in cataract and LASIK surgery. Dr. Diaz graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida.
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.