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Southeastern Retina Coronavirus/COVID-19 Patient Update 4/30/2020


Southeastern Retina doctors and staff know this has been a challenging time for our patients and their families. We understand that anything affecting your eyes can be frightening. Our mission during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be to remain committed to preserving our patients’ vision and eye health.  Southeastern Retina Associates will do everything we can to serve our patients’ retinal conditions while protecting patients, families, staff, physicians, and our communities. 

All our offices have remained open to serve our patients with their emergent/urgent eye conditions. Over the next 4-5 weeks, we will be opening our regular schedules. While we are excited about welcoming more patients back to our clinics, keeping everyone safe and healthy remains our top priority. Our current COVID 19 safety protocols will remain in place. We have also initiated additional operational changes and wanted to share some of the changes you may see or experience

  • We are asking all patients to bring and wear a mask for their appointments. This additional precaution is to help protect the health of our patients and our team. All staff members will be wearing masks. If you need instruction on how to make a cloth face covering, Google “CDC face masks”, or visit the CDC coronavirus website at www.coronavirus.gov.
  • We are limiting patient companions to one at most, preferably zero. We recommend all other guests wait in their vehicles.
  • We will be asking patients if they have concerning symptoms, travel, or exposure histories. If the answer is yes, we will ask them to return to their vehicle and we will call them with advice from their Southeastern Retina physician. If patients call about upcoming appointments, a Southeastern Retina representative may ask the same questions.
  • We will arrange to send you to the nearest local hospital/healthcare facility if we suspect you may have COVID-19. This is to provide immediate protection for you, your fellow patients, and our doctors and staff.
  • We will continue to ensure that our staff members are vigilant about their own health, including staying home the proper amount of time if they are ill or have been exposed to someone who is.
  • We are taking additional precautionary steps, following CDC guidelines, to ensure all our offices are sanitized regularly, and remain as clean as possible throughout each day.

We appreciate your patience and support as we ease into this new routine. As always, we’re available at the numbers below to assist you if you have any questions about upcoming appointments.

Chattanooga Area Offices – (423) 756-1002 or (800) 365-0105

Knoxville Area Offices – (865) 588-0811 or (888) 566-9738

Tri-Cities Area Offices – (423) 578-4364 or (888) 773-7287

Southeastern Retina Associates’ Tri Cities Doctors Open New Office in Bristol at 109 Gate City Hwy.

We have exciting news regarding our new Bristol location! Starting October 22, we will begin seeing patients at our new Bristol location, 109 Gate City Hwy., Bristol, VA.

Our new location is a convenient, single story facility with free parking located less than a mile from our old location. Please also take note that we will permanently close our current office on Euclid Avenue on October 22.

To schedule an appointment at any of our greater TriCities area or Southwest Virginia locations, call (423) 578-4364 or (888) 773-7287.

Our new office renews our commitment to serving our patients and referring doctors in their own communities. As one of the largest retina-only medical practices in the southeastern United States, and the largest in Tennessee, Southeastern Retina specializes in treating diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous. In addition to medical school and a 3-year ophthalmology residency, our board-certified ophthalmologists have also undergone 2 years of special Fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous.

Southeastern Retina Associates Welcomes Scott Barb, MD

Beginning August 1, 2018, Southeastern Retina Associates will welcome Scott Barb, MD, to its Knoxville group of 7 vitreo-retinal surgeons.

Dr. Barb specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, and macular holes and membranes.

He comes to Southeastern Retina Associates from Emory Eye Center, Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Barb’s Ophthalmology residency program was at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Dr. Barb earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.  While in Memphis, Dr. Barb conducted research with Dr. Barrett Haik and Dr. Robert Ogg at  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  During his University of Tennessee Research Fellowship, he treated young patients stricken with retina blastoma.

Southeastern Retina Associates is thrilled to have Dr. Barb join our team of highly trained and experienced Knoxville physicians.  “Dr. Barb is a superb addition to Knoxville’s  physician team as we continue our commitment to offering the very latest in cutting-edge technologies and treatment options.”, said Southeastern Retina Associates CEO Andy Laverghetta.

Southeastern Retina Associates Welcomes Mark Kleinman, MD

Southeastern Retina Associates welcomes Mark Kleinman, MD, to its Tri-Cities offices beginning June 1, 2018. Dr. Kleinman will primarily serve our Tri-Cities market locations, including offices in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Abingdon.

Dr. Kleinman specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, and macular holes and membranes. He comes to Southeastern Retina Associates from the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY.

Dr. Kleinman completed his fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky.  He earned his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine.  A member of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialties, Dr. Kleinman has received numerous awards for his commitment to ophthalmic research and clinical trials.

Southeastern Retina Associates is thrilled to have Dr. Kleinman join our 4 highly trained and experienced Tri-Cities physicians.  “Dr. Kleinman is a superb addition to our physician team here in the Tri-Cities.  In particular, his interest and experience in clinical research further exemplifies our commitment to offering the very latest in cutting-edge technologies and treatment options.”, said Southeastern Retina Associates CEO Andy Laverghetta.

Established in 1980, Southeastern Retina Associates has 16 full-time vitreo-retinal surgeons throughout their 20 offices in East TN, Southwest VA, and Northeast GA.

DR. Ailee Laham Joins Southeastern Retina Associates In Knoxville

SOUTHEASTERN RETINA ASSOCIATES welcome Ailee Laham, MD as the 15th board certified, fellowship trained Retina and Vitreous Surgeon on the physician team. Dr. Laham will primarily serve our Knoxville market locations, including offices in Knoxville, Powell, Morristown, Sevierville, and Crossville.
After receiving his BS degree at Miami University, Ohio, he attended Medical School at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He later did an Internal Medicine internship at The Christ Hospital.
Dr. Laham’s two-year Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship was at the University of Pittsburgh where he also served as an Ophthalmic Hospitalist. His Ophthalmology Residency was completed at the University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology.
“Dr. Laham is a fantastic addition to our Knoxville market. His training and expertise will complement an already amazing group of physicians and staff,” said Southeastern Retina Associates CEO, Andrew Laverghetta.
Dr. Laham’s wife grew up in Tennessee and his in-laws are in southern Kentucky so he already feels at home. His favorite activities are spending time with his wife, daughter, and three cats. He also enjoys hiking and outdoor activities.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ailee Laham, please call 865-588-0811 or Toll Free 1-888-566-9738.

DR. DEVON GHODASRA JOINS SOUTHEASTERN RETINA ASSOCIATES IN CHATTANOOGA

SOUTHEASTERN RETINA ASSOCIATES welcomes Devon Ghodasra, MD as the 14th board certified, fellowship trained Retina and Vitreous Surgeon on the physician team.  Dr. Ghodasra will primarily serve our Chattanooga market locations, including offices in Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Rome, GA, and Dalton, GA.

Raised in Dalton, Dr. Ghodasra attended McCallie High School in Chattanooga.  After receiving his BS degree at Duke University, he attended Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA.

Dr. Ghodasra’ s two-year Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship was at Kellogg Eye Institute, Ann Arbor, MI, following his Ophthalmology Residency with Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Dr. Ghodasra is a fantastic addition to our Chattanooga market.  His training, expertise, and local knowledge will complement an already amazing group of physicians and staff,” said Southeastern Retina Associates CEO, Andrew Laverghetta.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Devon Ghodasra, please call 423-756-1002 or Toll Free 1-800-365-0105.

Southeastern Retina Associates’ Chattanooga Doctors Open Two New Offices on Gunbarrel Rd. & Hixson!

We have exciting news regarding new Chattanooga locations:

  •  Starting May 16, we will be seeing patients at our new Chattanooga location (1606 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 101, Chattanooga, TN 37421)
  • We are also opening a new office in Hixson at 1605 Williams Road, Suite 201, Hixson, TN 37343 and will begin seeing patients there on May 23!
  •  Both new locations are convenient, single story facilities with free parking.
  • Please also take note that we have permanently closed our Jarnigan Road location as of May 13.

To schedule an appointment at any of our greater Chattanooga or Northern Georgia locations, call (423) 756-1002 or (800) 365-0105.

Our new offices renew our commitment to serving our patients and referring doctors in their own communities.  SERA now has five locations in the greater Chattanooga and Northern Georgia regions, including Cleveland, Chattanooga/Gunbarrel, Hixson, Dalton (GA), and Rome (GA).

As one of the largest retina-only medical practices in the southeastern United States, and the largest in Tennessee, Southeastern Retina specializes in treating diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous. In addition to medical school and a 3 year ophthalmology residency, our board-certified ophthalmologists have also undergone 2 years of special Fellowship training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery and are heavily engaged in clinical trials with the goal of providing cutting edge treatments for their patients.