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Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Stuart H. Anness, M.D.

Stuart H. Anness, M.D. was born and raised in Cincinnati. He attended Western Hills High School and then received his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. His medical training was completed at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Anness spent a one-year Internship at the Kettering Medical Center and then completed his Ophthalmology training at Evanston Hospital, an affiliate of Northwestern University Medical Center.

Dr. Anness practices general Ophthalmology in the Western Hills area. He specializes in laser surgery and cataract and implant surgery. Dr. Anness currently has appointments to the Medical Staff of the Franciscan, Christ, University, Children's and Bethesda Hospitals. He is a member of the Cincinnati Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, American Medical Association, Ohio Ophthalmology Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Anness resides in Green Township with his wife and two sons. Dr. Anness is a member of the Twin Tower Board of Trustees. His interests include scuba diving, golf, travel, history and aviation.

Hisham H. Arar, M.D.

Hisham H. Arar, M.D. received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Xavier University and a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Dayton. While attending the University of Dayton, he presented and published many papers in the field of biomedical engineering. Dr. Arar then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in eye research involving corneal wound healing and macular degeneration. Dr. Arar presented the results of his work at the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and was the recipient of the Ohio Lion's Eye Research Foundation Fellowship for his research.

After a year of internship at Good Samaritan Hospital, he attended University of Cincinnati where he served as a Resident in Ophthalmology. After his residency, he completed a six-month rotation in cataract and implant surgery with Robert Osher, M.D. at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI).

Dr. Arar is Board Certified in Ophthalmology, a member of the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Arar serves on multiple committees and was recently the president of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology. He was selected numerous times to the "Best Doctors in America" and "Cincinnati Top Doctors".

Dr. Arar practices comprehensive medical and surgical Ophthalmology.

Steven J. Arnow, D.O.

Steven J. Arnow, D.O. practices Comprehensive Ophthalmology in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Dr. Arnow has been in practice in Southeastern Indiana since finishing his Ophthalmology Residency at The Geisinger Division of the Milton S. Hershey Medical School of Penn State University in 1983. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State with a B.A. in Economics. He received a U.S. Public Health Fellowship to attend University of Michigan Public Health School where he received a Master's Degree in Hospital Administration. Prior to attending medical school, he served on the faculty of the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Dr. Arnow has published in the field of health economics and also has presented papers at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the Ohio Ophthalmological Association. He is a member of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology where he was a former served as secretary/treasurer.

Dr. Arnow is active at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he developed the Ophthalmology service and has been elected Chief of Surgery and Chief of the Medical Staff. In addition, Dr. Arnow has been Chairman of the following committees: Bylaws Committee, Credentials Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, Future Development Committee, and Executive Committee. Dr. Arnow is Board Certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

He and his wife, Gail, are active with their three daughters. Dr. Arnow has been a member of the school board of the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School and was a former President of the Chabad Center of Blue Ash. Dr. Arnow and his family spent a year in Jerusalem, Israel where his children attended Israeli schools and Dr. Arnow and his wife studied in various religious and academic institutions. They also participated in several archeological tours.

Howard L. Bell, MD, MBA

Howard L. Bell, M.D. was raised in Cincinnati.  He attended Anderson High School, and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1971.  He worked for the old Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company for 7 years, during which time he also received his M.B.A. from Xavier University in 1974.  He completed medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1981, graduating Cum Laude, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  He did an internship in Internal Medicine at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, and completed residency training in Ophthalmology at Ohio State in 1985.

Dr. Bell has been practicing as a comprehensive ophthalmologist on the east side of Cincinnati since 1985.  He has helped countless individuals improve their lives by working to improve their sight. Dr. Bell treats all medical diseases of the eye.  He handles the medical treatment of glaucoma, and the diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease and age related macular degeneration. He also provides diagnosis and medical and treatment of common eyelid disorders.

Dr. Bell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, Ohio Ophthalmological Society, Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association.

He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top Doctors in America and one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors, including recognition in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He is well respected by his colleagues not only in ophthalmology, but in all fields of medicine.

Jason H. Bell, MD, PhD, FACS

Jason H. Bell, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., was born and raised in Cincinnati, and attended Anderson High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1996 from Denison University, graduating in three years time.  With a strong interest in research, he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2001 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut while working to combat bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Following a short post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School studying the molecular genetics of retinal degenerative disease, he returned to Cincinnati and earned his M.D. in 2005 from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He did an internship in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital, and completed his residency in 2009 in Ophthalmology at the University Hospital as well, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He then spent 3 months doing a mini-fellowship in refractive surgery in New York with Drs. Eric Donnenfeld and Jack Dodick.

Dr. Bell has published many original scientific articles in several basic and clinical science journals regarding the biochemistry of topics ranging from the enzymology of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, cardiac pathophysiology during open heart surgery, and the ocular molecular genetics of retinal degenerative disease.  As a resident, he co-authored a book chapter on Iris Reconstruction Surgery for the leading textbook in corneal, refractive, and anterior segment surgery with Dr. Michael Snyder at CEI.

Dr. Bell is a comprehensive ophthalmologist handling all medical and surgical diseases of the eye.  He performs standard and custom cataract surgery, laser surgery, and anterior segment surgery. He performs refractive surgical procedures including LASIK and PRK. He handles the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, and the diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease and age related macular degeneration. He also provides diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of common eyelid disorders.

Dr. Bell is also a Volunteer Faculty of Ophthalmology with the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine teaching ophthalmology residents how to perform cataract surgery at the VA Medical Center and University-Holmes Hospital. He also teaches residents how to perform ocular reconstruction after devastating ocular injuries as an ocular trauma surgeon for the University Hospital Level I Trauma Center. 

Dr. Bell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, Ohio Ophthalmological Society, Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association.  He is a member of American Society of Ocular Trauma, and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Bell has been honored as one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors for 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Thomas G. Burch, M.D.

Thomas G. Burch, M.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) in 1998 after 12 years of solo Ophthalmology practice in western Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1975 and obtained his Medical Degree from University of Tennessee in 1981. He was an Intern at Methodist Hospital in Memphis and then moved to University of South Carolina where he was a research Fellow working with intraocular lens implants. He completed an additional three years of Residency in Ophthalmology at University of South Carolina where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. Dr. Burch is the author of several research papers and has received various honors including membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, the University of Tennessee Alumni Research Award, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Research Award.

 Dr. Burch has staff privileges at Mercy West Hospital, Bethesda, Christ, Good Samaritan, and University Hospitals. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio Ophthalmologic Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 Dr. Burch provides comprehensive ophthalmology care, including cataract consultations and diabetic examinations, as well as, outpatient selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma, and YAG laser surgery for secondary cataracts and angle closure glaucoma.

Jenny M. Hamilton, M.D.

Jenny M. Hamilton, M.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) in 1997. She relocated from Northeast Ohio after spending five years in a busy group practice performing General Medical and Surgical Ophthalmology.

Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Hamilton received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her academic performance also merited election into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and earned her the Barbara Van Sittert Award for outstanding female pre-med major. She graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in 1987 and completed an Internship and residency in Ophthalmology at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

At CEI, Dr. Hamilton continues her work in General Ophthalmology. Dr. Hamilton is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

She enjoys providing comprehensive ophthalmic care and education to her patients, offering these services at CEI's Anderson and Clermont locations.

Donald S. Jacobs, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Donald S. Jacobs, M.D., F.A.C.S. practices general ophthalmology at Cincinnati Eye Institute's (CEI) Blue Ash location.

Dr. Jacobs is a native Cincinnatian. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins. After an Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Cincinnati, Dr. Jacobs completed his Residency at University of Illinois Eye Center in Chicago. Before returning to Cincinnati, he also served two years at the U.S. Naval Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

Although he no longer performs surgery, Dr. Jacobs continues to remain up to date in the latest clinical information surrounding cataract and refractive surgery and is available for consultation and comprehensive eye care.

Dr. Jacobs’ affiliations include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

 

Ramesh M. Kode, M.D.

Ramesh M. Kode, M.D. is a native Cincinnatian and attended Xavier University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1987. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University Scholars program and was also inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honorary Society. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1992. His medical education was highlighted by an extra year of Clinical and Research Clerkships in Ophthalmology. This included training at the Eye and Ear Institute at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his Internship and Residency in Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. After completing a year of private practice in northern Ohio, Dr. Kode returned to Cincinnati and joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) in 1997. Dr. Kode has published and co-authored articles, journals, and textbook chapters and has presented his work at national ophthalmology meetings.

In addition to seeing patients at CEI's Blue Ash office, Dr. Kode also sees patients at CEI's Anderson and Batavia offices. He provides comprehensive medical and surgical Ophthalmic care and specializes in sutureless, small-incision cataract surgery and laser surgical procedures.

Dr. Kode is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Ohio State Medical Association, and Cincinnati Academy of Medicine. He serves on the medical staff of Clermont and Anderson Mercy Hospitals, Bethesda North, Good Samaritan Hospital and Brown County General Hospital.

Gregory B. Mecoli, M.D.

Gregory B. Mecoli, M.D. was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and attended The Miami Valley High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Denison University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.  He then earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

After an internship year in internal medicine at The Christ Hospital, he returned to University of Cincinnati where he completed a Residency in Ophthalmology, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.

Dr. Mecoli is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Mecoli is a medical and surgical ophthalmologist and is also on staff for CEI's urgent service. He provides care primarily at the Maineville and Blue Ash offices. He also serves on the medical staff of  University Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Mecoli enjoys playing bluegrass music, golf, squash, and spending time with his family.

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