Eye Care Specialists Come Together To Meet Emergency Needs


Carilion Clinic, Vistar Eye Center, Eye Care & Surgery and Blue Ridge Eye Center will collaborate to provide emergency and in-patient eye care to patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The agreement includes the provision of 24/7 on-call service for Carilion’s Level-1 trauma program, along with general and retinal ophthalmologic care for emergency/urgent care and hospitalized patients.

“We’re pleased to be working with these excellent physicians,” said Carilion Clinic President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Agee. “Together we can coordinate our focus on the needs of our patients.”

The three physician groups will continue as independent practices, but will collaborate with Carilion’s trauma and emergency programs to further advance the level and quality of eye care in the region.

“We are looking forward to fostering a partnership with Carilion to improve upon the community’s emergency eye care needs,” said Jon Brisley, M.D., Managing Partner with Vistar Eye Center.  “Patient care has and continues to be of utmost importance to our practice.”

“This collaborative agreement is essential to providing excellent and comprehensive care to all patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and particularly those patients in the emergency department. We are excited to be able to participate,” says William Thompson, M.D. of Eye Care & Surgery.

The physicians participating in the collaboration include:

Eugene H. Eng, M.D., Carey W. Robinson, M.D., and William M. Thompson, M.D., with Eye Care & Surgery; Chad Albright, M.D., Jon Brisley, M.D., Timothy Byrnes, M.D., Frank Cotter, M.D., John Facciani, M.D., Kurt Guelzow, M.D., Craig Hartranft, M.D., John Hines, M.D., David Kinsler, M.D., Scott Strelow, M.D., Kenneth Tuck, M.D., and John R. Wood, M.D. with Vistar Eye Center; and Joseph S. Weisman, M.D. with Blue Ridge Eye Center.