Meet Dr. Cummings

Howard L. Cummings, M.D.

Tri-Cities, TN
(423) 578-4364
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Medical School
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School Dallas, Texas
Retinal Fellowship
Retina and Vitreous Associates of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Greater Baltimore Medical Center Baltimore, Maryland
Boston University Medical Center Boston, Massachusetts Internal Medicine Internship
Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Cummings holds distinction as the only SERA physician to have attended Oxford. As part of his undergraduate education he studied 10th century British history in England at the International Summer Graduate School in 1981. A year later he graduated magna cum laude, with a major in chemistry, from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Cummings finished his medical degree in 1987 at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School of Dallas. In 1988 he finished an internal medicine internship at Boston University Medical Center before moving on to Maryland for a three-year residency in ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Dr. Cummings studied ophthalmic pathology at the Wilmer Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then took a postgraduate retina and vitreous fellowship in Lexington with the Retina and Vitreous Associates of Kentucky.

He practiced at the Carolina Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Springfield Clinic Eye Institute in Springfield, Illinois, before moving to Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1999, where he joined Southeastern Retina Associates.

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