Brian M. Marek, M.D.
Brian M. Marek, M.D. grew up in Northwest Indiana. He completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University where he graduated with Highest Distinction and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He then attained his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
After an internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Marek completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Cincinnati, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Marek practices medical and surgical comprehensive ophthalmology. He provides care to patients at the Anderson, Clermont and Red Bank offices.
Outside of ophthalmology, Dr. Marek enjoys golf, tennis, and traveling with his wife.
Laura L. Hanson, M.D.
Laura L. Hanson, MD is a comprehensive and neuro-ophthalmologist at Cincinnati Eye Institute and a board-certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She was born and raised in Columbus, OH. She graduated magna cum laude with Honors from Miami University and attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine, where she graduated first in her class. Dr. Hanson finished her ophthalmology residency training as Chief Resident at the University of Cincinnati and then completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the prestigious John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Hanson practices comprehensive ophthalmology including cataract, glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration. She also has a special interest in neuro-ophthalmology, evaluating patients with diseases that affect the optic nerve, disorders of eye movements and neurologic diseases that affect vision.
Outside of work, Dr. Hanson’s interests include cooking and hiking with her husband, Jon, and her lab Belle.
Dr. Hanson sees patients at the Medical Arts Building in Clifton and at the Blue Ash offices.
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.
Jason H. Bell, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.
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 comprehensive medical ophthalmology. Dr. Hamilton is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology. She enjoys providing 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.
Lisa D. Kelly, M.D.
Lisa Kelly, M.D. was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School. She graduated from Harvard College with honors and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
She completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford Medical School, where she also served as chief resident in ophthalmology. Dr. Kelly returned to Harvard, where she was awarded a prestigious Heed fellowship and completed a clinical fellowship in Cornea and External diseases at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Kelly is the former Director of the Cornea service at Stanford Medical Center. She has written numerous scholarly abstracts, journal articles and book chapters.
Dr. Kelly will primarily be in the Blue Ash urgent eye clinic.
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.