Doctor Melgen Biography
“I am always asked what sets me apart from most other doctors, and I would have to say that I do not consider myself to be a ‘cookbook’ physician. My patients are my number one priority, and when I am looking to treat a diagnosis I try to look at all the data at hand and extrapolate the best treatment instead of solely adhering to what the current ‘standard’ of treatment may be. My patients deserve better. They deserve the highest standard.”
“There are many different schools of medicine wherein each school promotes their own way of thinking yet I do not consider myself to be immediately attached to any one of them. I try to take the best of each theory in order to provide the best treatment for and with my patient.”
Dr. Melgen, an outstanding vitreo retina specialist and recognized expert in his field, treats those who suffer from Age Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Detached Retinas, Torn Retinas, Flashes and Floaters, and other eye related diseases. Dr. Melgen is the only Hispanic Ophthalmologist in Palm Beach, St Lucie, and Martin Counties, nurturing both Spanish and English speaking patients with his bilingual staff.
He is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and the founding director of the Melgen Retina Eye Center, formerly known as Vitreo Retinal Consultants Eye Center, specializing in disease and surgery of the vitreous and retina. Many patients travel far distances to be seen by him as he is a renowned expert in his field.
His belief is that having perfect vision enables one to capture all of life’s beauty in detail. He places the patient’s interest at the core of his practice, which is why patients consider Dr. Melgen an extremely compassionate physician.
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Dr. Melgen graduated summa cum laude from Dominican Republic’s National University, and since has been practicing for over 20 years. Dr. Melgen was a resident in surgery at the Miami Heart Institute and St Francis Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida. He then served his internship at Yale University in Connecticut. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City from 1981 to 1984, and was chief resident from 1983 to 1984.
In 1984, Dr. Melgen was accepted as a Fellow of Vitreo-retinal Diseases at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Eye Research Institute and Retina Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. While there, he became the Chief Fellow from 1985 to 1986.
Dr. Melgen is a Director of the American Board of Eye Surgery and is a clinical scientific associate at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Retina Specialists, and a founding donor of the American Retina Foundation.
He has been a pioneer in his field through the initiation of some of the latest technologies in South Florida. Being the first surgeon to perform out patient eye surgery in South Florida in 1986, he quickly began establishing a name for himself as an innovator. 20 years ago when there were few options for patients suffering from macular degeneration, Dr. Melgen was determined to aggressively treat patients with this disease.
The late Governor Chiles, formerly treated by Dr. Melgen, greatly appreciated Dr. Melgen’s services and expertise, and appointed him Chairman of the Physician Advisory Board for the state of Florida. Dr. Melgen is also the recipient of the highest honor from the government of the Dominican Republic for his impressive work throughout his career.
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Since 1986, Dr. Melgen has been providing state-of-the-art care for disorders of the vitreous, macula, and retina. As a leading eye surgeon in South Florida, Dr. Melgen has helped countless residents in St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, South Palm Beach County and throughout the region suffering from disorders and diseases of the eye.
Dr. Melgen has been practicing for over 20 years and has developed a strong admirable and respected reputation within the Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast. He is working with two of his main passions, namely people and eyes.
He has treated many well-respected individuals including Presidents, Governors, politicians, celebrities, and actors. Many of Dr. Melgen’s patients travel far distances to see him because of his reputation and skill. He has developed a widely respected international reputation. Dr. Melgen patients have claimed to have experienced superior treatment and had incredible results.
Dr. Melgen has consistently contributed to charitable organizations and causes throughout his career. Dr. Melgen also advises domestic and foreign politicians on health issues, in attempt to improve community health care.
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