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Meet Anthony Novak
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like to introduce myself to you and share my background and
expertise in Medical and Surgical Eye Care. I am Board Certified in
the Specialty of Ophthalmology
(eye surgeon) with 17 years of
experience. My focus over the years has been on medical and surgical
eye care in rural “underserved” communities. I have served on Mercy
Ships performing surgery for the third world nation of Guinea West
Africa. My expertise is broad and includes:
surgery, Lasik surgery,
Oculoplastics (blepharoplasty, ptosis,
dacrocystorhinostomy-tear duct), Botox therapy, Corneal transplant
surgery, Strabismus surgery and laser surgery for retinal conditions
such as diabetes.
I graduated salutatorian of my high school class in 1976 in Eveleth,
Minnesota and received an academic presidential scholarship at
Hamline University. At Hamline I received top honors in both biology
and chemistry for my freshman year (one of the only students to
receive both awards) and graduated with honors with a BA degree. I
spent a year doing research for Honeywell on their Very High Speed
Integrated Circuitry program (the cutting edge of semiconductor
research at the time). I attended Medical School at the University
of Minnesota Mpls. And graduated alpha omega alpha in the top 10% of
my class. I spent one year in the family practice residency program
at Regions Hospital in St. Paul MN, after which I completed
residency training at the University of Minnesota Department of
Ophthalmology. I also did research on corneal transplant
preservation media for Richard Lindstrom MD and published an article
on this research. During residency I also did research on
Cytomegalovirus infections associated with AIDS and published an
article with Herbert Cantrill MD. I received the Harry Plotke MD
award for outstanding qualities befitting a physician and received
the honor of the Richard T Olson MD award for teaching other
resident physicians about eye care. I began practice at Interstate
Medical Clinic in Red Wing Minnesota in July of 1989. In 1991 I
became board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. I
served on the clinic board for four years and also was chief of
staff at St Johns Hospital for 4 years. Over the 17 years the clinic
has grown from 30 physicians to 48 physicians. Interstate joined the
University of Minnesota and shortly thereafter Fairview Health
Services. I belong to the professional societies of the Minnesota
Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Minnesota
Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology an
the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
My expertise is Cataract surgery (clear corneal/topical anesthetic
offering the “new” bifocal implants), Glaucoma, Corneal transplant,
Oculoplastic (ptosis, entropian, ectropian blepharoplasty and
cancer), tear duct surgery and Lasik surgery (I will offer all laser
lasik at the Edina laser center). The Eye Surgery and Laser Center
has three lasers initially, a Yag laser for post cataract
capsulotomies and acute angle closure iridotomies, an argon for
diabetic retinopathy and retinal holes and an SLT laser which is the
most up to date “cold” laser for glaucoma surgery.
The Eye Surgery and Laser Center has the most current diagnostic
equipment for monitoring glaucoma: an optic nerve scanning laser
polarimeter which is the standard of care for glaucoma monitoring.
The Center has the “newest” clinically proven technology for
diagnosing and managing Macular degeneration: Digital fluorescein
angiography and an Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) which scans
the macula for signs of “wet” macular degeneration, swelling of the
retina from diabetes and inflammation.
My focus is to provide the most “cutting edge” diagnostic and
therapeutic eye care and continue to utilize specialty consultations
for complex cases. I will not sell eyeglasses or contacts at the
You can schedule an appointment by calling: 1-866-550-8355.
I look forward to meeting you.
Anthony F. Novak M.D.