Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Mark Robinson, MD, MPH Residency Program Director

Mark Robinson, MD, MPH, earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the University of Virginia, Roanoke-Salem, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Georgetown and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He completed his neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Dean McGee Eye Institute/University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Robinson specializes in general ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology. His clinical interests include medical management of glaucoma, ophthalmic public health issues, optic neuropathies, visual field defects, diplopia, idiopathic intracranial hypertension and ophthalmic education of residents and medical students.

Alric Blake, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He earned his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Blake completed his internship in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. He also completed a residency in ophthalmology at New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital. Dr. Blake also completed a fellowship in glaucoma at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Stephen Cross, MD, is a fellowship-trained cornea specialist. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, followed by an internship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, and INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital, followed by a fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Cross specializes in cornea, anterior segment and external disease. His clinical and research interests include Fuchs dystrophy, modern endothelial keratoplasty technique, ocular surface disease management and medical economics.

Bethany Markowitz, MD, completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University. She then earned her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Markowitz is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She specializes in cataract and anterior segment surgery.

Dr. Markowitz has previously served as Ophthalmology Residency Program Director at Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Wilson McWilliams, MD, is an experienced and highly respected pediatric ophthalmologist. He completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and the University of South Carolina. After attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, he completed his internship at Baylor Hospital System in Houston, Texas, and his residency training at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. McWilliams specializes in many childhood eye problems, including: strabismus (eye misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye), esotropia (squinting) and poor vision.

Rakesh Patel, MD, earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He is fellowship-trained in oculoplastics and reconstructive surgery, and can provide cosmetic and reconstructive procedures such as eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty, ptosis surgery), lesion removal, tear duct surgery, eyelid reconstruction, orbital surgery for fractures and tumors, and thyroid eye disease-related surgeries.

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Alexander Pogrebniak, MD, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric care and adult strabismus. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed his internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Kellogg Eye Center, and completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility at the Indiana University Medical Center and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.