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Urgent Ophthalmology

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.

William J. Faulkner, M.D.

William J. Faulkner, M.D., a cornea specialist, is one of the original founding members of Cincinnati Eye Institute. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and University of Louisville School of Medicine. Post graduate training included Internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Stanford), Residency at the University of Oklahoma, and Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard, Cornea and External Disease).

In 2013 he was appointed Director of the Urgent Clinic at CEI. The role of this service is to triage and treat emergency ocular conditions and, if necessary, to refer to the appropriate subspecialist. Many patients who are successfully treated require only this one visit.

Dr. Faulkner alsodirects The Dry Eye Center at Cincinnati Eye Institute. Dry eye is a multi-factorial disease of the ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, tear film instability, and potential damage. A new gold standard test for osmolarity is an important diagnostic tool not widely available. A treatment plan is individualized to reduce symptoms and improve overall eye health and vision. Clinical studies are ongoing.

He is past president of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UC and a volunteer faculty member for the Bethesda Hospital residency Program. He is a diplomat at the American Board of Ophthalmology and serves on the Board of Directors of Cincinnati Eye Bank. Dr. Faulkner volunteers for Prevent Blindness Ohio. He travels extensively for teaching and speaking engagements and is team ophthalmologist for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dr. Faulkner is married with a son and daughter. He has served on the Board of Glendale Youth Sports and coached baseball and soccer. He has led Youth Group and has been a deacon and elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Glendale.

Richard S. Kerstine, M.D.

Richard S. Kerstine, M.D. received his Medical Degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine and then served an Internship at the former Cincinnati General Hospital. He spent two years in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer. He returned to Cincinnati General Hospital for a one-year Residency in Neurology and then completed a three-year Residency in Ophthalmology also at Cincinnati General Hospital. He had retinal training at University of Indiana College of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Having passed his boards, he became a Fellow of the Board of Ophthalmology in 1967. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio State Ophthalmology Society, and the Cincinnati Ophthalmology Society.

Dr. Kerstine serves as a comprehensive Ophthalmologist with the retinal service at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI). He devotes particular attention to patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. In addition, Dr. Kerstine treats retinal tears, blood vessel obstructions and other diseases, which may require laser photocoagulation to the eye.

Dr. Kerstine is a Clinical Volunteer Professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has served as the past Director of Ophthalmology at the Bethesda Hospitals and has been Chairman of the Operating Room Committee at Bethesda Hospital.

Dr. Kerstine has been active in a variety of community services including the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and several local and national fund raising organizations. Inclusive of his community service, he also served many years on Amberley Village Council and was mayor for four years.

At home he enjoys spending time with his wife Mona and visiting with their three grown children. His hobbies include traveling and golf.

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