Kerry D. Solomon, MD, is a cataract, LASIK and advanced vision correction specialist at Carolina Eyecare Physicians; director of the Carolina Eyecare Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and is the 2016 President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). He was Professor of ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina where he practiced for 17 years. He held several key positions at MUSC, including Director of cataract, refractive and cornea services at Storm Eye Institute, Medical Director of the Magill Vision Center, and Director of the Magill Research Center. Additionally, he was the initial recipient of the Arturo and Holly Melosi chair which he held from 2007 until he left MUSC to became a partner at Carolina Eyecare Physicians in 2009.
Dr. Solomon completed his fellowship in cataract and refractive surgery and corneal tranplantation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and an internship in medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Solomon completed a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received both his doctorate in medicine and bachelor degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.
In addition to his local clinical practice and administrative duties, Dr. Solomon is active in multiple ophthalmic organizations. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds memberships in a number of professional and scientific societies and is actively involved on a national and international basis with many of these societies. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology where he has served on several committees. In May he will be inducted as the 2016 president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). ASCRS is an international society of more than 9,000 members whose primary focus is to support and promote advancements in ophthalmic surgery and to deliver high quality eye care. Additionally, Dr. Solomon serves on the executive board for the American and European Society for Ophthalmic Surgery (ACEOS), is an active member of the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE), and is involved with the South Carolina Medical Association, Charleston Ophthalmological Society, South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the Charleston County Medical Society.
Over his 24 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Solomon has achieved status among the country’s best ophthalmic surgeons. He was one of the first in the country to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery, implant multifocal and astigmatic correcting lenses, and to perform topography-guided LASIK. He has received dozens of awards, including the Lee Nordan Refractive Surgeon of the Year Award, an award given to the surgeon who has had the greatest impact in the field, by Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. He has been ranked in the top 1% of ophthalmic surgeons nationwide in US News and World report. He has been ranked as one of ‘America’s Best Doctors’ annually for cataract and refractive surgery since 2003. He has also been voted in the Top Fifty Opinion Leaders in Ophthalmology in the world by his peers since the inception of this award in 2005. He routinely speaks at both national and international meetings and hospitals and to date has presented more than 600 lectures and live surgical demonstrations worldwide.
In addition to speaking globally, he has written over 170 publications including book chapters, book reviews, monographs and magazine articles, and produced more than 30 surgical videos. He has received awards for many of his videos which are used as teaching tools throughout the world. Finally, Dr. Solomon’s work has been recognized by multiple popular magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, The Saturday Evening Post, Redbook and Reader’s Digest. He has also been featured on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight and in television specials such as PBS’s “Cataract Surgery” as part of the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ series, which aired across the United States and in over 140 countries.
But, as Dr. Solomon puts it, practicing medicine is not all about awards or positions, “practicing medicine is about loving what you do, treating every patient like family, and knowing that if you do your best, you can change people’s lives for the better.”
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