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The Surgeons

David D. Verdier, M.D.

  • Specialties:
    Cornea and External Disease, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, intraocular lenses
  • Dr. Verdier's Biography

Karl J. Siebert, M.D.

Ann M. Renucci, M.D.

Thomas M. Aaberg, Jr., M.D.

Scott J. Westhouse, M.D.

  • Specialties:
    Therapies for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal vascular disorders.
  • Dr. Westhouse's Biography

Alan R. Margherio, M.D.

  • Specialties:
    Vitreoretinal complications of cataract surgery, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, ocular photodynamic therapy, subfoveal surgery, and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Dr. Margherio's Biography

Nathan F. Pezda, M.D.

  • Specialties:
    diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, surgical treatment of diabetic retinopathy, complex retinal detachment, and uveitis/ocular inflammatory disorders
  • Dr. DPezda's Biography

Liliya Shevchenko, D.O.

  • Specialties:
    diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, inherited retinal diseases, and uveitis/ocular inflammatory disorders
  • Dr. Shevchenko's Biography

William Rhoades, M.D.

Adam S. Hassan, M.D.

Melissa Meldrum-Aaberg, M.D.

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David D. Verdier, M.D.

Specialties:

Cornea and External Disease, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, intraocular lenses

Dr. Verdier has published numerous articles and textbook chapters, including the chapter on corneal transplantation in the world’s foremost corneal textbook. His surgical techniques have been published in video chapters on corneal transplantation and cataract surgery. He is actively involved in lecturing and research to improve medical and surgical eye care. He is recognized by his peers as a member of The Best Doctors in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, and Who’s Who in American Education.In 1984 Dr. Verdier brought to West Michigan the subspecialty skills of modern corneal transplantation. He subspecializes in cornea and external eye diseases – a subspecialty which provides expertise in corneal diseases and surgical procedures, including corneal transplantation, cataract removal and intraocular lens implantation, and laser and refractive surgery.

Dr. Verdier is a Clinical Professor of Surgery, Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan undergraduate and medical schools.He completed a Family Practiceresidency in Charleston, South Carolina, followed by his esidency in Ophthalmology in Pittsburgh, then fellowship training in Cornea and External Eye Disease at the University of Iowa.

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Karl J. Siebert, M.D.

Specialties:

Cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment

Dr. Siebert has been a member of Verdier Eye Center since 1999. He was born and raised in West Michigan and attended college and medical school at The University of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude and in the top five of his medical school class. After completing a residency in ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, he pursued a fellowship in glaucoma at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Siebert currently holds a clinical professorship at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Siebert specializes in the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts, including their complex medical and surgical management. He has extensive experience with glaucoma surgery including trabeculectomy, tube shunts, and non-penetrating deep sclerectomy. He also performs laser treatment for open and narrow angle glaucoma such as laser iridotomy and selective laser trabeculoplasty. He has expertise with small incision, sutureless cataract surgery as well as complicated situations including trauma and secondary intraocular lens implantation.

Dr. Siebert has published and lectured extensively on the management of glaucoma. He is also involved in the training of ophthalmology residents from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. In addition, he volunteers at a health clinic for low income and uninsured patients. Dr. Siebert is pleased to serve the patients of West Michigan.

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Ann M. Renucci, M.D.

Specialties:

Cornea and External Disease, cataract surgery, and corneal transplantation.

Dr. Renucci moved to Grand Rapids with her family in 2002 having completed nearly 10 years of experience in prestigious residency and specialty training programs.

Before joining Verdier Eye Center, P.L.C., Dr. Renucci had already distinguished herself in the field of ophthalmology with both her academic achievement and esteemed training experience. Dr. Renucci graduated with academic distinction from Harvard University in 1992. After graduation, she spent a year doing biomedical research at Harvard Medical School. She went on to excel in medical school at Columbia University in New York City where she received her medical degree in 1997. After completing an internship in New York City, Dr. Renucci began her ophthalmology training at the University of California in San Francisco. She completed her training in Chicago at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. While in Chicago, she was elected Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Renucci spent an additional year of highly sub-specialized fellowship training at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. This experience refined her passion for conditions involving the cornea and front layers of the eye including corneal surgery and transplantation, and cataract surgery.

Dr. Renucci’s in-depth surgical and clinical training has developed into a practice, which includes comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on corneal surgery and transplantation, and cataract surgery. Dr. Renucci remains active in academic medicine and has authored numerous journal articles and a textbook chapter. Her continued interest in education has led her to become involved in medical student and resident training; she also volunteers in a local clinic for low income and uninsured patients. Dr. Renucci builds caring professional relationships with patients based on communication and sensitivity. She is compassionate, understanding, and committed to excellence.

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Thomas M. Aaberg, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Thomas M. Aaberg, Jr. finished his undergraduate training at Dartmouth College receiving his degree from Thayer School of Engineering. He went on to medical school at the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency training, vitreoretinal surgical fellowship, along with the prestigious chief residency position at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Following this he completed an ocular oncology fellowship at the University of California.

After completing his medical training, Dr. Aaberg became the Director of the Ocular Oncology Unit at Emory University, the Director of Ocular Photography and Ultrasonography, and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital’s Retina Service Director. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Aaberg practiced with Associated Retinal Consultants in Michigan.

He has been an investigator in twenty clinical trials, authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles and wrote seven textbook chapters. He completed the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Leadership Development Program in 2007 and received an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008.

Dr. Aaberg is board certified in ophthalmology and has extensive training in retinal diseases and ocular tumors. He is an active member in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians, The Retina Society, and the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologist and Pathologists.

He is passionate about teaching and research. As an adjunct clinical professor at Michigan State University, he trains medical students and residents. He is currently investigating therapies for ocular melanoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal vascular disorders.

Education:

B.A. Dartmouth College 1985
B.S. Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College 1986
M.D. University of Wisconsin 1991
Residency Bascom Palmer Eye Institute,
University of Miami
1995
Retina Fellowship Bascom Palmer Eye Institute,
University of Miami
1996
Chief Resident Bascom Palmer Eye Institute,
University of Miami
1997
Ocular Oncology Fellowship University of California,
San Francisco
1997
Assistant Professor Emory University 1998-2001
Associated Retinal Consultant Grand Rapids 2001-2008
Assistant Clinical Professor Michigan State University 2001-present

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Dr. Scott J. Westhouse

Dr. Scott J. Westhouse is a native of West Michigan, growing up in the town of Dorr. Following completion of his undergraduate training at Calvin College and medical school training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, he went on to Oklahoma State University Medical Center for residency. In his final year of training in Oklahoma, he served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology. The final stage of training was in Kentucky where Dr. Westhouse completed a 2-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Westhouse is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Osteopathic Association, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians, and the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology.

He has a passion for teaching and research. As an adjunct clinical professor at Michigan State University, Dr. Westhouse trains medical students and residents. He is currently investigating therapies for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal vascular disorders.

Education:

Calvin College 1996-2000
Michigan State University College of
Osteopathic Medicine
2000-2004
Tulsa Regional Medical Center, Internship 2004-2005
Oklahoma State University Medical Center, Ophthalmology Residency 2005-2008
University of Kentucky Medical Center,
Vitreoretinal Fellowship
2008-2010

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Alan R. Margherio M.D.

  • Medical School – Wayne State University
  • Ophthalmology Residency – Henry Ford Hospital
  • Vitreoretinal Fellowship – Associated Retinal Consultants

Dr. Margherio specializes in all aspects of vitreoretinal disease. He has a special interest in vitreoretinal complications of cataract surgery, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, ocular photodynamic therapy, subfoveal surgery, and diabetic retinopathy. He has authored several papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and has spoken at numerous national and international ophthalmologic meetings. He is actively involved in clinical research and continues to contribute to the medical literature.

Dr. Williams special interest is advanced vitreoretinal surgery for complex retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy. He has authored or co-authored over one hundred publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, book chapters, and publications from national clinical trials. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized speaker. He is currently the Principal Investigator of several research trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Margherio is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Michigan Ophthalmologic Society, American Medical Association, and Michigan State Medical Society.

ARC Physicians

The ARC staff are dedicated health care professionals, delivering medical care of the highest quality with the latest technology. The physicians in the ARC family are all ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.’s).

All are Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, with additional subspecialty training in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina, vitreous and macula. The typical course of education for a physician in our group is outlined below.

  • 4 years of college pre-medical study
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 1-2 year medical or surgical internship
  • 3-4 year residency in ophthalmology
  • 1-2 year fellowship in diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases

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Nathan F. Pezda, M.D.

Dr. Nathan Pezda completed medical school training at Wayne State University, his ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute and a 2 year vitreoretinal fellowship at Saint Michael’s Hospital/University of Toronto. Dr. Pezda has participated in multiple research studies. His interests include: diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, surgical treatment of diabetic retinopathy, complex retinal detachment, and uveitis/ocular inflammatory disorders.
Dr. Pezda is board certified in ophthalmology, a member of the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.
Dr. Pezda has published a variety of articles in all areas of retinal disease. He is currently investigating therapies for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. We are fortunate to have Dr. Pezda as a part of the team at Retina Specialists of Michigan. He is a great addition to the medical community of West Michigan.

Education

B.S. – University of Michigan 2003
M.Sc. – Wayne State University School of Medicine 2004
M.D. – Wayne State University School of Medicine 2008
Transitional Year – Sinai Grace Hospital, Detroit Medical Center 2009
Residency – Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University 2012
Fellowship – St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto 2014

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Liliya Shevchenko, D.O.

Dr. Liliya Shevchenko completed medical school training at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her ophthalmology residency through Michigan State University at Metro Health in Grand Rapids. Following completion of her residency, she completed a 2 year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship with our practice at Retina Specialists of Michigan. She has completed additional fellowship training with the Casey Eye Institute in the study of inherited retinal disease in order to bring this area of expertise to West Michigan. This ophthalmic genetics fellowship includes training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and genetic counseling of those with a wide range of ophthalmic genetic disorders and how to distinguish them from other masquerading diseases.

Dr. Shevchenko is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology. American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Osteopathic Association, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians, the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology.

Also, member of Sigma Sigma Phi National An Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity.

Dr. Shevchenko has participated in multiple research studies and has published several articles and book chapters. Her interests include: diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, inherited retinal diseases (including retinitis pigmentosa, Leber’s congenital amaurosis, Stargadt’s disease, Best’s disease, X-linked retinoschisis, pattern macular dystrophies, and other rare conditions), and uveitis/ocular inflammatory disorders. She is currently investigating therapies for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Education

B.S. – Emory and Henry College, Emory Virginia 2004
D.O – Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine 2008
Internship – Michigan State University, Metro Health Grand Rapids 2009
Residency – Michigan State University, Metro Health Grand Rapids 2012
Fellowship – Retina Specialists of Michigan 2014

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Dr. William Rhoades, M.D.

Dr. Rhoades received his Bachelor of Science Degree, With Distinction, in History and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his internship at Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and residency in ophthalmology at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. He then went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska and completed his Vitreoretinal Fellowship.

Dr. Rhoades is an active member of multiple societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, American Association of Retinal Specialists, and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has presented nationally on various topics and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter.

Medical School – University of Michigan
Ophthalmology Residency-Boston University Medical Center
Vitreoretinal Fellowship – University of Nebraska Medical Center

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Dr. Adam S. Hassan, M.D.

Extensive training in the surgeries of the eye and face makes

Adam S. Hassan, M.D. uniquely qualified to perform facial cosmetic, reconstructive and functional surgery.

Dr. Hassan received his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School where he completed a residency in ophthalmology followed by an intensive fellowship in eye plastic, orbital, and facial cosmetic surgery. He remained on faculty at the University of Michigan as Assistant Professor and served as the director of the Facial Cosmetic Surgery Service at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

In addition to his clinical and teaching expertise, Dr. Hassan has published numerous journal articles and medical textbook chapters and is a scientific reviewer for leading journals in the field.

Dr. Hassan is board-certified and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Melissa Meldrum-Aaberg, M.D.

Melissa Meldrum-Aaberg, M.D. has over eleven years experience in prestigious residency programs, fellowships and faculty appointments. This in-depth training and experience has allowed her to develop a practice dealing specifically with cosmetic and functional issues of the eyelids, brows, and face, earning her recognition by “Grand Rapids Magazine” as one of West Michigan’s Best Doctors.

Before opening her medical practice in 2001, Dr. Meldrum-Aaberg had already distinguished herself through her medical training. In 1989, she graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She then completed her ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami in Florida, rated first in the nation by Ophthalmology Times and US News and World Report. She also completed fellowship training in ocular and orbital tumors at University of California, San Francisco.

She has served as faculty at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has trained many residents throughout the years as well as written many journal articles and textbook chapters.

Dr. Meldrum-Aaberg is board-certified and a member of the American Medical Society, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.