STANLEY BRAVERMAN MD, FACS
A graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Stanley Braverman completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Duke University Eye Center before joining his brother in a private practice at the Braverman Eye Center in Hallandale Beach, Florida in 1981. He practiced together with his brother until 1998 before assuming sole ownership of the Braverman Eye Center.
In addition to treating Ft. Lauderdale LASIK and cataract surgery patients, Dr. Braverman, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is an active medical researcher, the inventor of several eye surgical instruments, and the author of a chapter in an authoritative book on small incision cataract surgery as well as many articles for medical journals. He has frequently been asked to speak at medical conferences around the country in order to describe his techniques in modern, small incision cataract surgery (phacoemulsification). He is currently a manuscript reviewer for one of the most prestigious peer reviewed journals in ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
As a result of the volume of laser vision correction procedures that he performs and his resultant experience Dr. Braverman has taught many other ophthalmologists how to use excimer lasers to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He was the first ophthalmologist in Broward County to use an excimer laser to perform LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis). He was medical director of TLC The Laser Eye Center in Fort Lauderdale and Miami from 1996 until 2002.
Dr. Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where he has been teaching cataract surgery to third-year residents for more than twenty years with no pay. Bascom Palmer is the most prestigious residency program in the United States, and Dr. Braverman is one of only a very few outside ophthalmologists given the stamp of approval to teach its residents, a rare privilege that attests to his exceptional skills and superb teaching abilities.
In addition to his position at Bascom Palmer, Dr. Braverman is an Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Houston College of Optometry and the New England College of Optometry as well as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale. He is also past Chief of Ophthalmology at Hollywood Memorial Hospital. Dr. Braverman looks forward to meeting any prospective patient who is interested in achieving the goal of a life with less dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
HOWARD BRAVERMAN OD
Dr. Howard Braverman founded the Braverman Eye Center in 1973, and practiced until 1999 when he left clinical practice to become the CEO of Vision Care Inc. in Tampa.Honored as “Optometrist of the Decade” by the Florida Optometric Association and as one of the “Best and Brightest Optometrists in the United States by 20/20 magazine, Dr. Howard Braverman served South Florida patients for more than twenty five years.
Dr. Braverman received his B.S. degree from the University of Miami and his OD from the University of Houston College of Optometry, which named him its Distinguished Optometry Alumnus for 1994. In 1990, Dr. Braverman was appointed by the Governor to the Florida State Board of Optometry, and he served on that Board for nine years, including 2 years as Chairman.
Dr. Braverman was President of the American Optometric Association and had held national office in the AOA since 1994. He is a past president of the Southern Council of Optometrists, a 13-state regional organization known for it’s professional education seminars. In addition, he previously served as President of the Florida Optometric Association, President of the Broward County Optometric Association, and on the editorial council of the Southern Journal of Optometry.
As a past president of the Hallandale Rotary Club and a member of the Hallandale Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Braverman continues to be involved in the community.
ERIC F. CILIBERTI MD, MS
Dr. Eric Ciliberti, M.D. is a board-certified physician specializing in Neurology and has nearly 30 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ciliberti received his medical degrees from several prominent universities, including a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Emory University, a Master’s degree in Physiology at Georgetown University and a Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University. He has trained with world-renowned leaders during his Neurology residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. He is also one of only two Neurologists completing residency training as a Neuro-ophthalmologist in the South Florida. He is also the only regional Neuro-ophthalmologist that also has residency training in Ophthalmology. Dr. Ciliberti completed subspecialty fellowship training in Neuro-ophthalmology with two of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s most prominent professors of Neuro-ophthalmology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is the founder of the American Behavioral Research Institute. Dr. Ciliberti served our country in the United States Air Force Reserve. He has received numerous awards including the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Outstanding Young Men of America, and the James H. Allen Award.
RYAN HARGREAVES OD
Dr. Ryan Hargreaves is originally a Massachussetts native having completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Boston College, and received his Doctorate in Optometry cum laude from the New England College of Optometry, where he earned numerous awards for clinical excellence, scholarship and literature research. He completed internships at the New England Eye Institute, Brighton Marine Health Center, MA and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers of Manchester, NH and Brocton, MA. He then completed an Optometric Residency in Ocular Disease at the Braverman Eye Center.
Dr. Hargreaves continues to be active in private practice, and has returned to the Braverman Eye Center as its Clinical Optometric Director. As a Board Certified Optometric Physician, he provides full-scope primary care optometric services for all age groups from pediatric to geriatric. This includes comprehensive eye examinations, specialty contact lens fitting, ocular disease diagnosis and management, dry eye treatment with punctal plugs and co-management of all types of ocular surgeries including cataract and glaucoma surgeries, PRK and LASIK.
As Clinical Director, Dr. Hargreaves serves as Attending Physician to optometric interns from five different optometric colleges, as well as coordinator for the site’s Residency Program affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. He is an associate adjunct clinical professor for the University of Houston College of Optometry, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and The New England College of Optometry, a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and is actively involved in the Broward County, Florida and American Optometric Associations.
ALAN S. LANE MD, FACS
Dr Alan Lane was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but has resided in south Florida for over thirty years. He did his undergraduate training at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, New York. After interning at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y., he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC.
Upon completing his training, Dr. Lane was the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following this, Dr. Lane moved to Florida and has practiced general Ophthalmology in Hollywood for over 30 years. He is a past Chief of Ophthalmology at Hollywood Memorial Hospital, and is on the staff of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Hollywood Medical Center.
He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
TIRSO MARK LARA MD, FACS
Dr. Tirso Mark Lara is the newest member of the Braverman Eye Center’s physician team. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Mexico, Dr. Lara graduated from LaSalle University School of Medicine. He then completed a surgical research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. During this time, he was the recipient of the National Research Service Grant Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also received the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) grant award to support research.
Following a surgical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he continued his residency training at Vanderbilt University Department of Ophthalmology in Nashville, Tennessee. He furthered his studies with a two-year fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Retina Specialists of Alabama. As a fellow he learned the latest and most advanced methods of treatment for retinal diseases. Dr. Lara also served as a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology for the Department of Ophthalmology and was actively involved in teaching residents.
He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Ocular Trauma, the American Medical Association, the Florida Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Broward County Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Lara is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lara specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with all retinal disorders. He has a special interest in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, and severe ocular trauma. He routinely uses state-of-the-art surgical and laser techniques for various problems such as retinal detachments, macular holes, and eye injuries. Dr. Lara has actively written and published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has participated in large multi-center scientific studies.
He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and travels to underserved communities in Central America to donate his services. On a personal level, he dedicates his time to his wife Daniela, as well as playing piano and guitar.
AARUP A. KUBAL MD, FACS
Dr. Kubal is a dual fellowship trained and board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and corneal diseases.
He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, where he graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He went on to earn his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools, graduating in the top of his class. As a medical student, Dr. Kubal distinguished himself, receiving the Stephen J. Ryan, MD Prize, awarded to the most promising medical student entering the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Kubal stayed in Baltimore for his residency training, which he completed at the world-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute. During his residency, Dr. Kubal was also awarded the A. Edward Maumenee Research Grant to pursue his research interests in advanced intraocular lens surgery.
He then completed a fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis, MN, one of the most prestigious cornea, glaucoma, and refractive surgery fellowships in the country. There, he received advanced surgical training on new, minimally invasive techniques for glaucoma surgery and corneal transplantation. Dr. Kubal is experienced with canaloplasty and the use of newer glaucoma drainage devices that have revolutionized the surgical care of glaucoma, allowing for excellent control of eye pressures with minimal risk of complications.
Dr. Kubal is on staff at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where he teaches cataract surgery to the third year residents. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Miami Ophthalmological Society.
JONATHAN LEON ROSEN, MD
Dr. Leon Rosen is a fellowship trained Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive surgery specialist, as well as a General Ophthalmology surgery specialist who has received training from the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He currently serves as the Operations Director at Reina Eye Care and the Director of the Oculoplastics Division at Ocean Ophthalmology.
Jonathan Leon Rosen, MD completed his General Surgery Internship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He then went on to complete an Ophthalmology residency, and Oculoplastics fellowship training at the world renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary under the tutelage of Drs. Robert and David Della Rocca. He continued at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary following his fellowship as a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology with responsibilities that included clinical and surgical training of residents within the General Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics divisions.
Dr. Leon Rosen has practiced in South Florida for the past 10 years in both General Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics. He has also worked in the United States Virgin Islands for the past 3 years on a monthly basis. Dr. Leon Rosen has been principal in re-developing the Surgical Service of Plessen Ophthalmology in St. Thomas, USVI, following Hurricane’s Irma and Maria. His time in the USVI has also yielded additional skills in Advanced Medical Glaucoma Management and Micro-Incisional Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) as he has worked closely with Dr. Kevin Stewart, a renowned glaucoma surgeon in the Caribbean.
Dr. Leon Rosen joined the Braverman Eye Center in May of 2019. He brings with him experience in treating many types of oculoplastics morbidities including thyroid eye disease, dermatologic pre-malignant and malignant lesions of the eyelids, orbital lesions, neurologic deficits of the cranial nerve system, functional and anatomical deficits of the nasolacrimal system, ocular surface reconstruction for trauma and autoimmune patients, as well as functional eyelid deficits such ptosis, ectropion and entropion/trichiasis of the eyelids, including reconstruction of previously operated eyelids. Given his Reconstructive Surgery training, Dr. Leon Rosen is also well versed in Cosmetic/Aesthetic procedures such as Botox, Fillers and Cosmetic Upper and Lower Lid surgery.
Additionally, with the use of the advanced diagnostic and therapeutic delivery technology available to him at Braverman Eye Center, Dr. Leon Rosen will continue to clinically and surgically treat ocular morbidities including cataracts, pterygium, glaucoma, dry eye/keratoconjunctivitis sicca, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration. Given his experience in Medical/MIGS Glaucoma treatment, he is a valuable adjunct to the Glaucoma Service at Braverman Eye Center.
Dr. Leon Rosen is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. In 2017, Dr. Leon Rosen received the “10 Best Corrective Eye Surgeons in Exceptional and Outstanding Patient Service Award by the American Institute of Medical Professionals”. Dr. Leon Rosen is fluent in English and Spanish.
ANDRES SARRAGA MD, FACS
Dr. Sarraga is the newest addition to the Braverman Eye Center. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He has been in practice in South Florida for the past 2 years. After completing his undergraduate studies in Chemistry in Loyola University in Chicago, he went back home to attend medical school at the University of Puerto Rico where he graduated top 10% in his class. He then went on to completed a full general surgery residency. During his early surgical training doing his oncologic hospital rotations, Dr Sarraga found his passion in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. In his senior year he was chosen among his peers as administrative chief resident of the general surgery service at the UPR Medical Center and the VA hospital. Afterwards Dr. Sarraga went North to complete his plastic surgery residency at the prestigious University of Massachusetts in New England. During his last year of training he was again appointed as Administrative Chief resident. Fascinated by eyelid surgery he then pursued advanced training in Ophthalmic and Reconstructive Surgery with a veteran Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr. Pascale Perusse, at the University of Massachusetts. He then moved to South Florida where he began his practice at the Storch Plastic Surgery Facility in Aventura.
Dr. Sarraga is board certified by the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Surgery and is fellowship trained in Oculoplastic Surgery. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha society and is past assistant clinical professor at the University of Massachusetts after graduating from his Plastic Surgery residency. He has lectured and presented at multiple meetings on current topics such as craniofacial reconstruction and fat grafting.
Dr. Sarraga specializes in eyelid and periorbital surgery, including cosmetic surgery of the face, fat grafting and non surgical rejuvenation (Botox & Fillers).
In his spare time Dr. Sarraga enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing tennis.
RASHID TAHER MD, FACS
Dr. Rashid Taher is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in Vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Taher completed a two year vitreo-retinal fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. He finished his ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida and his medical school training at the George Washington University Medical School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Taher has authored several chapters in the text “Retinal Disorders and Acute Visual Loss.” He has been involved in the research of surgical treatment of retinal vascular occlusions and diode laser use in macular degeneration. He also has an interest in ocular trauma and the management of intraocular foreign bodies
Dr. Taher has served as a consultant to several health care related internet corporations and was a partner in three health care related internet startups. He is on the Board of Directors for CardiacAmerica, Teleradiology America and Pediatric Radiology of America. He is also on the Medical Executive Committees for multiple Ambulatory Surgical Centers.
SHALONDA MCCALLUM OD
Dr. Shalonda McCallum is a native of Miami, Florida. She earned her first Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Biology and her second in Vision Science. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, a passion for business lead her to pursue a Masters degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business. She later graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry from Nova Southeastern University. She completed a residency in Ocular Disease at the Braverman Eye Center.
As a Board Certified Optometric Physician, she practices primary care optometry with an emphasis in ocular disease diagnosis, treatment and management. She also co-manages Collagen Cross-linking, LASIK, PRK, cataract and glaucoma surgeries.
She is a member of the Florida Optometric and American Optometric Associations and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Broward County Optometric Association. Dr. McCallum also holds a ministerial license. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.
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