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Weinstock Laser Eye Center, a division of The Eye Institute of West Florida, has a long-standing reputation of providing patients with the best vision results available.
Meet Our Caring and Talented Physicians
Stephen M. Weinstock, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Stephen M. Weinstock, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained cataract and LASIK specialist. He founded The Eye Institute of West Florida in 1974, pioneering sub-specialty eye care in Pinellas County. Today, as President and Medical Director, Dr. Weinstock is an internationally renowned cataract and LASIK surgeon. He teaches the latest techniques in cataract extraction and implantation of premium intraocular lenses (IOLs), here and abroad.
Dr. Weinstock has been a leader in bringing world-class care to Tampa Bay. He was the first ophthalmologist to introduce the excimer and YAG lasers to Pinellas County. In 1999 Dr. Weinstock was honored with the “VISX Star Surgeon” award for his outstanding performance as a refractive surgeon and placed in the top 5% of refractive surgeons nationwide. He has been certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery in both Cataract and LASIK surgery. Dr. Weinstock is also an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Weinstock has proudly created a culture at The Eye Institute of West Florida that is devoted to serving our patients and the community.
Undergraduate: Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Medical School: The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
Internship: University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Residency: University of Kentucky, Department of Ophthalmology, Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY
Fellowship: Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Board Certifications: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American College of Eye Surgeons, American Board of Eye Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Specialty: Refractive Cataract Surgery
Robert J. Weinstock, M.D.
Robert J. Weinstock, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and is fellowship trained in cataract and refractive surgery. He became interested in ophthalmology at an early age as he watched and assisted his father, Dr. Stephen Weinstock. After completing his residency, Dr. Robert Weinstock joined the practice in 2001.
He is the Director of Cataract and Refractive Services at The Eye Institute of West Florida and Weinstock Laser Eye Center and serves as the Surgical Director of the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center. He also is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Weinstock was named one of 250 in Premier Surgeon’s List of Leading Innovators of 2010 for his contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOLs. He is recognized internationally as an expert on new implant technology and microincisional surgical techniques. In addition to performing thousands of vision-correcting cataract and LASIK procedures each year, he speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on customized cataract surgery and surgical innovations.
He is engaged in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology, many of which are sanctioned by the FDA. He has authored many book chapters on cataract surgery and continues to write journal articles on cataract and refractive surgery.
Undergraduate: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Medical School: The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
Internship: St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
Residency: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Fellowship: The Eye Institute of West Florida, Largo, FL
Board Certifications: American Board of Ophthalmology, Cataract Certification (Sub-Specialty) Cataract/Implant Surgery, American Board of Eye Surgery, LASIK Certification (Sub-Specialty), Refractive Surgery
Neel R. Desai, M.D.
Neel R. Desai, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK, cataract and corneal diseases of the eye. He is a top graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his fellowship in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Desai joined The Eye Institute of West Florida in 2008. He is recognized throughout the United States and internationally as one of only 100 surgeons able to perform advanced corneal transplants and other complex cataract, corneal and refractive procedures. He holds pending patents to new surgical products and advanced cornea surgical procedures of his own design.
He is engaged in clinical research and presents regularly on topics in his field of study. Additionally, Dr. Desai has authored many book chapters and writes articles in peer review journals.
Undergraduate: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Internship: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Residency: Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Fellowship: Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
Specialty: Refractive Cataract, Cornea & LASIK Surgery
Comprehensive Care For All Patients
For routine eye care, complex conditions or eye trauma, patients can be easily cared for by a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist at The Eye Institute of West Florida.
Offering the same clinical excellence typically available only in hospitals or large university settings. Meet our entire team at The Eye Institute of West Florida.