Cornea External Disease - Dallas & Fort Worth
Dr. Brad Bowman specializes in cornea external disease and refractive surgery at Cornea Associates of Texas. With experience changing the lives of patients in Texas as well as bringing exceptional and rare treatment to an African Hospital, it is clear how heartfelt Dr. Bowman's work really is.View transcript
I am Dr. Brad Bowman. I grew up in Oklahoma and from there I went to College at Baylor University. I went back to Oklahoma to attain medical school at University of Oklahoma. From there, I went to University of Utah for an internship in internal medicine and then to Miami, Florida, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in University of Miami for my ophthalmology residency. I spent three years in Miami and then went to Emory University for fellowship in cornea external disease. The thing that I enjoy most about my work is the relationships with patients, I mean feel the medicine where for the most part we are doing with happy people, people that are healthy and we are making them see better and they love that. It is very rewarding job. You know, we get to follow people and get to know them, a lot of times we get to take care of entire families. It is a great work, to be able to come to work everyday and enjoy your work and look forward to coming to work and helping people see better. My partners and I practice a subspecialty of ophthalmology called Cornea External Disease and Refractive Surgery. So, we are not ophthalmologists typically that people lookup in the phone book and come see. A lot of our patients are referred to us from other eye doctors. We do a fair amount of refractive surgery or LASIK surgery, other types of refractive surgery, and we subspecialize in taking care of people who have had complications from cataract surgery, people who have had trauma, people who have bad infections in their eye, that is the kind of work we do. My partners and I are all members of various ophthalmology organizations, the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We are all board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. All of us actually are also examiners for the American Board of Ophthalmology, which is a very important medical board that certifies ophthalmologist. So every year, my partners and I would go to either Boston or San Francisco to examine board candidates who are trying to become board certified and I think that’s a prestigious organization to be a part of. Our partners and I are active in the academic ophthalmology community. We publish papers, we write chapters in books about ophthalmology topics in our area of subspecialty. We attend meetings. We are often asked to speak at various meetings around the country. We actually organize and put together meetings here in the Dallas area for other ophthalmologists that come in and want to learn about various topics in ophthalmology. I serve on the Board of Directors of the mission in Mombasa, Kenya called the Lighthouse for Christ. It is a fully functional eye hospital where we do medical and spiritual work on the east coast of Africa. About once every other year, I spend about three weeks in Kenya, doing cataract surgery and cornea transplant surgery. It’s a really neat place. We have two full time Kenyan doctors who are there all the time and US doctors go there to support them and teach them what we know. Also, there is no eye banking system in Kenya, so there is no way for somebody in East Africa to have a cornea transplant unless we bring tissue from United States. So every time, I go over there, I will take 20-30 cornea donor tissues with me and it’s really fun because you get to provide a service for this people and help them see. Otherwise, they would have no access to that care.