Advisory Board

Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh, M.D.

Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh, M.D.


Amin Ashrafzadeh, MD (Dr. Ash) is a solo practice Cataract, Cornea, and Refractive Surgeon in Modesto, CA.  He graduated from Boston University College of Liberal Arts followed by the Medical School.  He completed a residency in ophthalmology at Boston University, followed by a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Tufts University/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston with Drs. Raizman, Steinert, and Wu.  He has been in private practice since 2002.  He is academically involved with writing articles and book chapters, as well as being involved within the industry by serving as a consultants to several companies including Carl Zeiss Meditec.

Dr. James F.D. Freeman, M.D.

Dr. James F.D. Freeman, M.D.


Dr. James Freeman, oldest son of Dr. Jerre Freeman, specializes in cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, corneal transplants and laser vision surgery. He graduated from Vanderbilt University where he was active in the band, chairing the tuba section and playing several other instruments including Dixieland Jazz on the piano. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served his Residency at the Louisiana State University Medical Center Ophthalmology Program at Shreveport, Louisiana. He completed a Corneal Fellowship under Richard Keates at the Beckman Laser Institute while attending University of California, Irvine.


During his Fellowship at Beckman, he served as a clinical investigator for FDA clinical trials of the Chiron Technolas Laser and participated in advanced research of the latest laser refractive surgical techniques.


Dr. Freeman is a gifted surgeon and teacher. He is currently a clinical instructor at University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he is a recipient of the Philip M. Lewis Award for Excellence. In addition, he has made repeated trips to China, the Dominican Republic and Mexico to conduct research and train local doctors in the use of the latest laser techniques for refractive surgery. Dr. Freeman has authored several articles for medical journals, as well as, the chapter on retrobulbar anesthesia for Ophthalmology Clinics in North America. He has received the Outstanding Staff Award twice - once while in Irvine, California and secondly since living in Memphis, Tennessee. A member of the Memphis Eye Society, Dr. Freeman is also on the board of the National Board of Eye Surgery, Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is certified in LASIK by the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES).

Dr. J Gregory Rosenthal, M.D.

Dr. J Gregory Rosenthal, M.D.


Dr. J Gregory Rosenthal has been in practice in the Toledo area since 1989. He has served as Division Head of Ophthalmology at The University of Toledo Medical Center, The Toledo Hospital, and Toledo Children's Hospital. He is also on leadership committees of Prevent Blindness Ohio, CareNet, and The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Jairus Foundation, a charitable organization focused upon giving people a second chance. Through Jairus, he performs over 100 major surgeries per year in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Rosenthal takes care of all retinal problems, regardless of nature, complexity, or the patient's ability to pay. He has special expertise in diabetic care, other complex surgical problems, and he provides the bulk of pediatric and prematurity related retinal care in the region.

Dr. Mark H. Blecher, M.D.

Dr. Mark H. Blecher, M.D.


Dr. Blecher, born and raised in suburban New York, attended Brandeis University followed by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he obtained his M.D. Degree in 1982. Following a year of Internal Medicine he attended the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for his Ophthalmology residency, where during his third year he was also co- chief resident.


He joined Philadelphia Eye Associates, a general ophthalmology group practice in 1986 and continued his association with Wills Eye Hospital, joining the teaching staff the next year. Dr. Blecher treats a wide range of eye problems, and is also one of the busiest cataract surgeons in the Delaware Valley. He was instrumental in bringing modern refractive surgery to Wills Eye Hospital in 1990 and was one of the first to perform it there. He has been actively involved in refractive surgery, having it himself in 1995.


With the advent of LASIK, refractive surgery has taken a giant step forward and Dr. Blecher was one of the first to perform this procedure following FDA approval of the Excimer laser. He has performed over 10,000 LASIK. In 2014, he transitioned all refractive procedures to his partner, Dr Brad Feldman who specializes in corneal and refractive surgery, in order to concentrate on premium cataract surgery.


Dr. Blecher has remained active teaching surgeons and residents, as well as presenting papers and giving instructional courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting, and at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is also Co-Director of the Cataract Department at the Wills Eye Hospital and has lectured abroad as well. In Addition he is currently Senior Medical Editor of Review of Ophthalmology, a widely read and respected medical publication, and Medical Director of MDOffice an electronic medical records company. He is the proud recipient of the Golden Apple award from the residents of Wills Eye for teaching, and the Silver Tray award from the Wills Eye Alumni society for service to the Hospital.

Dr. McCartney

Dr. McCartney


Dr. McCartney, the department chairman since 1994, also serves as the medical director of the Great Plains Lions Eye Bank. In addition, he serves on the Peer Case Review Panel of the Texas Ophthalmological Association. Dr. McCartney received his medical education from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and his residency training at the University of California at San Francisco. He was then a fellow in cornea, external disease, and anterior segment surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore. His research interests include drug delivery to the ocular surface via corneal collagen shields, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of new quinolone antibiotics, and biomechanical factors leading to excessive post corneal-transplant astigmatism. He joined the faculty in July 1987. He has led a successful transition to an electronic health record in an academic ophthalmology training program with approximately 75 FTE and nearly 40,000 annual visits.