Dennis M. Marcus, MD

Vitreoretinal Surgeon

About Dr. Marcus

Dr. Marcus has been practicing vitreoretinal surgery in the CSRA since 1994 and is the owner and managing physician of Southeast Retina Center. Dr. Marcus came to Augusta after extensive training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston. His 6 years of Harvard Medical School training included a research fellowship in ophthalmic pathology/ocular oncology, ophthalmology residency, and surgical fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Marcus served as Director of the Retina Service at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1994-2005 where he was a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice-Chairman and recipient of the Outstanding Young Faculty Award. Dr. Marcus has been treating patients at the Southeast Retina Center full time since 2005.

Dr. Marcus is devoted to the care of patients with diseases of the macula, retina and vitreous including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. He is recognized nationally as leader in vitreoretinal surgery, clinical retinal research, teaching and laboratory investigation. Dr. Marcus has brought cutting edge clinical therapies to our region as lead investigator in multiple clinical trials. Dr. Marcus’ established the clinical trial unit at Southeast Retina Center which made now established therapies available to our patients prior to their approval to the general patient population. His dedication to innovative treatments such as anti-VEGF therapies for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion has led to FDA approval of multiple drugs for these conditions. He continues to make newer therapies available to our patients as he participates in clinical trials studying new combination drugs for wet and dry macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and retinal vein occlusion. Dr. Marcus also participates as a steering committee member and clinical site lead investigator for studies evaluating devices for sustained release of anti-VEGF drug into the eye in hope of decreasing the number of eye injections needed for patients with wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Marcus has coined the term and is the first in the world to evaluate “endolaserless” surgical vitrectomy for bleeding in the eye from proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Marcus is a leadership member of the executive committee for the National Eye Institute sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research network. He is currently study national chairman for the Diabetic Retinal Clinical Research Protocol AA which is a national multicenter trial evaluating the benefit of wide field imaging of diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Marcus is a nationally recognized teacher and innovator. He lectures throughout the country discussing the latest therapies for retinal diseases. He has presented scientific material at medical meetings on over 200 occasions and has published over 300 scientific publications. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award, the American Society of Retina Specialist’s Honor Award and was Editor-In-Chief of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Focal Points, a modular updated text book for the practicing ophthalmologist. Dr. Marcus has an international patent for novel methods to deliver drugs to the retina.

Dr. Marcus is available to our patients or new referral consultations every day of the week. He is committed to excellent surgical and medical patient care and believes in the need for strong patient-doctor communication. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Marcus has lived in Augusta since 1994 with his wife, Ronda and their three children. He enjoys pilates, yoga, playing golf, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Abridged Curriculum Vitae

1983 B.S.        State University of New York at Stony Brook

1987 M.D.       Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y.

1988                National Board of Medical Examiners

1988                Massachusetts License Registration

1994                State of Georgia Board of Medicine

1995                American Board of Ophthalmology

1997                South Carolina Board of Medicine

1988-1990       Research Fellow in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

1990-1994       Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

1993-1994       Assistant in Ophthalmology, Assistant Staff, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

1994-1998       Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

1994-2005       Director of Retina Service, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

1997-2001       Ophthalmology Practice Site Director, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

1998-2003       Associate Professor of Ophthalmology with Tenure, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2000-2005       Associate Member, Vascular Biology Center, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2001                Interim Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2001-2004       Vice-Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2003-2004       Special Assistant to the Dean for Clinical Trials, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2003-2005       Professor of Ophthalmology with Tenure, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2005-Present   Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina

 

1994-2005       Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, Augusta, Georgia

1999-2005       Children’s Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia

1999-Present   Augusta Retina Laser Surgicare, Augusta, Georgia

1999-Present   Doctors Hospital, Augusta, Georgia

1999-Present   Southeast Retina Center, Augusta, Georgia

2000-2001       Beaufort Surgical Center, Beaufort, South Carolina

2005-2010       Veterans Administration Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina

2005-Present   University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia

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COVID-19 Update

December 28, 2020

We have resumed seeing non-emergent/non-urgent  patients. We will continue taking extraordinary precautions to protect both patients and our staff.  Please know that we are taking extra precautions to clean our exam rooms between patients to insure the health of our patients and staff.

All patients should bring and wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times upon entering our office and office building. 

We are asking patients to text 706-650-0061 when they arrive for their appointment.  Patients will wait in their vehicles until they are ready to be seen.  This will provide a safer environment for all our patients. We also ask that patients do not have anyone accompany them into the office.  This will assist us in maintaining a limited number of people in the office at any time. 

In order to protect our patients and staff, we do ask that ANY person that has traveled outside the country in the last 2 weeks, or is sick, or feels that they might be ill with cold symptoms, cough, lung congestion or fever to contact their primary care physician.  If you feel that you might have been exposed to someone who is ill, but you are not experiencing any symptoms, it is best to reschedule if possible. If you have an urgent/emergent problem such as a significant, recent  worsening of your vision, please call our office  so that we can make special arrangements for your care.

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