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Maher M. Fanous M.D. is an ophthalmologist certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the America Glaucoma Society. Dr. Fanous is a member of Eye Care America, a public service program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that preserves sight by providing access to medical eye care.


Dr. Fanous ‘ areas of specialty include Laser and Refractive Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, and General Ophthalmology. He’s an experienced eye surgeon, skilled in blade-less and suture-less surgery for cataract and management of difficult glaucoma. He also provides general eye care services, annual vision care screenings, and contact lens screenings. He has practiced in the north central Florida area since 1999 and operates two private practices with a location in Gainesville and Chiefland, Florida. Dr. Fanous is multi-lingual and speaks fluent English, French, & Arabic.


Having performed over 5,000 “no-stitch” eye surgeries at the Laser and Outpatient Surgery Center in Gainesville, Dr. Fanous is trained and certified to use the latest technology, including the Catalys and LenSx© cataract surgery lasers. He regularly attends courses to master the newest and most advanced surgical techniques. He is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards.


Dr. Fanous completed his residency in Ophthalmology and fellowship in glaucoma at the University Of Florida. He is an examiner at the American Board of Ophthalmology and has held numerous consultant posts following his fellowship. He became an assistant professor of Ophthalmology and co-director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Dr. Fanous is actively involved with Orbis International non-profit organization that gives communities across the world access to quality eye care, transforming lives and restoring vision for those who need it most.


He is the author of several eye health book chapters and has over 20 educational publications.


Dr. Fanous and his staff at the North Florida Eye Center look forward to providing you with state of the art vision recorrection.

                              CURRICULUM VITAE

Name:                         Maher M. Fanous, MD, FACS

Business Address:     North Florida Eye Center, P.A.,
                                     6831 NW 11th Place, Suite 1,
                                     Gainesville, FL 32605

                                     North Florida Eye Center, P.A.,
                                     410 N. Main Street, Suite 6,
                                     Chiefland, FL 32626

Business Phone:        352-331-7337 Gainesville Office

Business Fax:             352-331-7552 Gainesville Office

                                     352-493-2634 Chiefland Office

                                     352-493-2517 Chiefland Office


Hospital Affiliations: North Florida Regional Medical Center 1999-Present

Previous Employment/
Academic Positions:

1993-1999                     Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, U of Pittsburgh, Co-Director, Glaucoma Service

1993-1999                     Consultant, Veterans Affairs Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA 15240

1993-1999                     Consultant, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15213

1993-1999                     Consultant, UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15215


Medical School:            American University of Beirut
                                       Department of Ophthalmology
                                       PO Box 113/6044
                                       Beirut, Lebanon

Internship:                     Internal Medicine
                                       The Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland
                                       The Johns Hopkins University
                                       Baltimore, MD 21239
                                       July 1988-June 1989

Residency:                    Ophthalmology
                                       University of Florida, College of Medicine
                                       Gainesville, FL 32611

Fellowship:                    Glaucoma
                                       University of Florida, College of Medicine
                                       Gainesville, FL 32611

Post-Doctorial Training:

May 1-30, 1990              Ophthalmic pathology/Dr. Richard Green
                                        The Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute
                                        The Johns Hopkins University
                                        Baltimore, MD 21205

June 1-30, 1990             Ophthalmic Pathology/Dr. Mclean
                                        The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
                                        Washington DC 20306

Medical Licensure:         Pennsylvania, July 1993 #MD050147L
                                         New York, March 1989 #181609
                                         Florida, September 1999 #ME78921

Medical Exams:              Foreign Medical Graduate #390-203-8
                                         Examinations in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS)
                                         November 1985

                                         Federation Licensing Exam (FLEX) #590501015
                                         December 1988

                                         Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology
                                         May 1995

Professional Activites

1995-present                   American Glaucoma Society

1999-present                   Associate Examiner
                                         American Board of Ophthalmology

1988, 1990-93                  Skills Evaluator for Certificate Candidates The Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in                                               Ophthalmology

1993-1999                        Director
                                         Undergraduate Medical Student Education
                                         University of Pittsburgh


1999-present                   Alachua County Medical Society

1990-present                   Fellow, American College of Surgeons


                                         Bachelor’s Degree in the Sciences with Distinction
                                         June 1980

Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Dean’s Honor List
January 1980 and June 1980


James R. Carl MD, Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year Award
Department of Ophthalmology, 1995-1996
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, June 1996

Residents’ Paper Competition
First Place, Florida Society of Ophthalmology
Palm Beach, Florida, June 1992 and June 1993

American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award
CME, 1999-2002

National Leadership Award for Health Care Reform, 2002

Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2001


Fluent in: English, Arabic, French

International Service:

Volunteer Lecturer & Surgeon
Outpatient Division Beirut Eye Clinic
Beirut, Lebanon, March 1989

Volunteer Lecturer & Surgeon
Dalian, China, October 16-20, 1995

Volunteer Lecturer & Surgeon
Damascus, Syria, June 2-6, 1997

Volunteer Lecturer & Surgeon ORBIS INTERNATIONAL Glaucoma Program Khartoum, Sudan, March 16-20, 1998

Volunteer Lecturer & Surgeon
Bombay, India, October 12-16, 1999

Volunteer Lecturer & Surgeon
Lima, Peru, January 26-February 2, 2001

National Service:

Participating Ophthalmologist Diabetic Retinopathy Referral Program American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1995

Participating Ophthalmologist
Glaucoma 2001 Referral Program
American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1995

Participating Ophthalmologist
Physician Mentoring Project
Pennsylvania Medical Society, 1997

Participating Ophthalmologist
Eye Care American
American Academy of Ophthalmology, presently

Referred Publications:

1. Khawam E, Fanous MM, Noureddine B: Tenon’s Capsule pseudo-tendon repair of a traumatic inferior rectus muscle avulsion. Binocular Vision Vol 3 (3): 149-154, 1988.

2. Fanous MM, Hamad LM, Margo CE: Pseudotumor cerebri associated with Danazol withdrawal. JAMA 266 (9): 1218-1219, 1991.

3. Fanous MM, Margo CE: Parinaud’s oculoglandular syndrome simulating lymphoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 112: 344-345, 1991.

4. Yaacobi Y, Hamed LM, Kaul K, Fanous MM: Reduction of postoperative adhesions secondary to strabismus surgery in rabbits. Ophthalmic Surg 23: 123-128, 1992.

5. Barletta JP, Fanous MM, Margo CE: Corneal toxicity with low doses Cytosine Arabinoside. AM J Ophthalmol. 113 (5): 587-588, 1992.

6. Hamad LM, Lingua RW, Fanous MM: Synergistic divergence. Saccadic velocity findings and surgical results. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strab. 29:1-8, 1992.

7. Fanous MM, Margo CE, Hamed LM: Idiopathic Inflammatory pseudotumor of the retropharyngeal space presenting with sequential sixth nerve palsies. Journal of Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. 12 (3): 154-157, 1992.

8. Hamed LM, Fang EN, Fanous MM, Mames R, Friedman S: Acute frosted branch angiitis. Journal of Pediatr Ophthalmol Strab. 29: 312-313, 1992.

9. Fanous MM, and Friedman SM: Ciliary sulcus fixation of a dislocated posterior chamber intraocular lens using liquid perfluorophenanthrene. Ophthalmic Surg 23: 551-52, 1992.

10. Hamed LM, Maria B, Quisling R, Fanous MM, Mickle P: Suprasellar tumors of maldevelopmental origin in Klinefelter’s syndrome: A report of two cases. Journal of Clinical Neuro-ophthalmology. 12 (3): 192-197, 1992.

11. Hamed LM, Silbiger J, Silbiger M, Quisling R, Fanous MM, Arrington J, Guy J: Magnetic Resonance Angiography of Vascular Lesions Causing Neuro-ophthalmic Deficits. Review. Survey of Ophthalmology. 37: 425-434, 1993.

12. Hamed LM, Fang EN, Fanous MM, Maria BL, McGorray SP, Rosen BS, Cassin B: The prevalence of Neurologic Dysfunction in Children with Strabismus who have Superior Oblique Overaction. Ophthalmology 100: 1483-1487, 1993

13. Barletta JP, Fanous MM, Hamed LM: Temporary blindness in the TUR syndrome. Journal Neuro-ophthalmology. 14:6-8, 1994.

14. Golnik KC, Marotto ME, Holley PH, Jr., Fanous MM, Heitter D, King LP, and Halpern JI: Ophthalmic Manifestations of Rochalimaea Species. AJO 118:145-151, 1994.

15. Eller AW, Adams EA, Fanous MM: The use of an anterior chamber maintainer in the drainage of suprachoroidal hemorrhage. AJO 118: 258-59, 1994.

16. Hamed LM, Challa P, Fanous MM and Guy Jr.: Strabismus surgery in selected patients with Stable Myasthenia Gravis. Binocular Vision & Eye Muscle Surgery. 9 (4) 283-290, 1994.

17. Shabto U, Sidoti P, and Fanous MM MD: Filtration Surgery in a Young, Aphakic, High Myopic. II. Management of Postoperative Choroidal Hemorrhage. Cases in Controversy (Robert Ritch, Editor). Journal of Glaucoma 5 (2), 120-126, 1996.

18. Fanous MM, Cohn RA: Propionibacterium Endophthalmitis following Molteno Implantation. Journal of Glaucoma, 6: 201-126, 1996.

19. Smith MF, Doyle WJ, Fanous MM: Modified aqueous drainage implants in the treatment of complicated glaucoma in eyes with pre-existing episcleral bands. Ophthalmology 1998; 105: 2237-2242.

20. Fanous MM, Challa P, Maren T: Comparison of intraocular pressure lowering by topical & systemic carbonic anhydrase inhibitors in the rabbit. Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 1999; 15 (1): 51-57.

Book Chapters
and Seminars:

1. Fanous MM, Hamed LM: Glaucoma in infants and children. In Diagnostic Problems in Clinical Ophthalmology, Margo CE (Ed). Philadephia, WB Saunders, 1992.

2. Fanous MM, The Glaucomas in Aphakia. Review. Seminars in Ophthalmology. V9 #4, 266-269, December 1994.

3. Fanous MM, Ip M. Neovascular Glaucoma. In “Ophthalmology”, Myron Yanoff & Jay Duker Eds, Mosby International, 1997.

4. Smith MF, Doyle JW, Fanous MM, Sherwood MB.: Atlas of Glaucoma: Combined cataract and glaucoma surgery. Martin Duntz Ltd., London, Chief Editors: Neal Choplin and Diane Lundy. 1997.

5. Mah F, Fanous MM. Glaucoma medications revisited. Current concepts in Ophthalmology. October 1997.

6. Fanous MM, Neovascular Glaucoma. In “Ophthalmology”, Myron Yanoff & Jay Duker Eds, Mosby International, 2003.

Manuscript Reviews
and Editorials:

1. Reviewer for the Journal of American Medical Association. 1996. Editor-in-Chief, George D. Lundberg, MD.

2. Reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers. 1997. Editor-in-Chief, Carmen Puliafito, MD.

3. Reviewer for the Journal of Refractive Surgery. 1997. Editor-in-Chief, Dimitri Azar, MD.

4. Fanous MM. Glaucoma following ocular surgery. Guest Editor. Seminars in Ophthalmology. V9 #4, December 1994.

5. Fanous MM. Advances in glaucoma diagnosis and therapy at the millennium. Guest Editor. Seminars in Ophthalmology. September 1999.

Multi-Cultural Clinical
Trials and Grants:

Principle Investigator:

$28, 000                           Merck Co. Study: A Controlled, Randomized, Two-Period, Crossover Study Comparing the                                                     Efficacy and Tolerability of 0.5% Timolol Maleate Gel Forming Solution q.d. versus 0.5%                                                         Levobunolol Hydrochloride b.i.d. in Patients with Open Angle Glaucoma or Ocular                                                                 Hypertension.(TIM 411, Protocol 053-OO/Amended Protocol 053-01. December 1997-1998.

$28, 000                           Merck Co. Study: A Controlled, Randomized, Two-Period, Crossover Study Comparing the                                                     Efficacy and Tolerability of 0.5% Timolol Maleate Gel Forming Solution q.d. versus 0.5%                                                         Levobunolol Hydrochloride b.i.d. in Patients with Open Angle Glaucoma or Ocular                                                                 Hypertension. (TIM 411, Protocol 053-OO/Amended Protocol 053-01. December 1997-1998.

$116, 000                         Allergan: A Multi-Center, Double-Masked, Randomized, Parallel, Three Month Study (with                                                     treatment extended to one year) of the Safety, Efficacy, and Acceptability of 0.15% and 0.2%                                                 Brimonidine Tartrate Administered Three Times Daily in Subjects with Glaucoma or Ocular                                                     Hypertension. December 22, 1998.


                                         5-Fluorouracil Filtering Surgery Study (FFSS) NEI sponsored, Grant #5UO1 EY05604 (co-                                                         investigator Dr. Mark B. Sherwood).