Dr. Neil Shmunes, a Jacksonville native, attended Oxford College of Emory University where he received his Associate of Arts degree and the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and was inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society. Dr. Shmunes completed his Master’s work, enrolled in the Neurophysiology Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a Research Fellow at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Shmunes graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1981. There he was inducted into the AΩA Medical Honor Society and received the Lange Medical Publications Award. He also served as Chief Resident of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Shmunes has been Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chairman/Section of Ophthalmology and on the Board of Directors for Baptist Medical Center at the Beaches.
Since entering private practice in Jacksonville in 1985, Dr. Shmunes has been Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chairman/Section of Ophthalmology and on the Board of Directors for Baptist Medical Center at the Beaches. He has been an Ophthalmologic Consultant for the Joslin Diabetes Clinic, the PRO Reviewer in Ophthalmology for Northeast Florida and has been a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology for the University of Florida Medical School. Dr. Shmunes has sub-specialty training in oculoplastic surgery and has been performing refractive surgery since 1985. He is a clinical investigator in Glaucoma drug research and antiviral medical research studies and donates cataract surgery to the community through the Gift of Sight Program. Dr. Shmunes is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Ophthalmology (past Regional President), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, Duval County Society of Ophthalmology (past President) and the Duval County Medical 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. 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.