Dr. Dave Simon is a fellowship-trained board-certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience specializing in advanced cataract and refractive surgery. He has performed over 25,000 laser vision correction surgeries to include LASIK, LASEK and PRK.
EDUCATION | TRAINING
Dr. Simon began his medical career at the University of Miami, where he was accepted into the prestigious Medical Scholars Honors Program, a combined undergraduate-medical school accelerated program. He attended the University of Miami School of Medicine on an Army scholarship, and subsequently completed his ophthalmology residency training at the renowned Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. During his surgical training, Dr. Simon had the distinction of being the first resident at Walter Reed to perform laser vision correction surgery. His first assignment after residency was to help open and run one of the Army’s first LASIK centers at Fort Campbell (near Nashville), providing laser vision correction for the soldiers and aircrew of the 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. Dr. Simon then became the sole ophthalmologist for the US Central Command and the US Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, and subsequently was assigned as the lead cataract and LASIK surgeon at the flagship hospital of the Air Force at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Dr. Simon’s time with the military afforded him the opportunity to enhance the vision of thousands of military members per year, including numerous pilots, aircrew, commanders, and fellow physicians.
MEMBERSHIPS | AFFILIATIONS
Dr. Simon has served as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at both the University of South Florida and the University of California at Davis, promoting the education of future eye surgeons. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & HONORS
Dr. Simon has been recognized by the “Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists” and received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also received the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.