The Doctors

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Stephen Glenn Slade, M.D.

Stephen Glenn Slade, a specialist in Presbyopia correction, cataract surgery, LASIK, and implantable Contact Lenses. and refractive surgery, is a Houston native whose private practice is in Houston, Texas. He attended Tulane University and the University of Texas Medical School with a final, elective year spent at Guy’s Hospital, London, graduating summa cum laude, with highest honors.

He completed a residency at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans and fellowships in corneal surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and in New York, New York on Project ORBIS. Dr. Slade is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He is an active teacher of surgical techniques and has taught, lectured to, and certified over 8,000 surgeons LASIK and lamellar refractive surgery.

In 1991, along with Stephen Brint MD, he performed the first LASIK in the United States. Later he performed the first Custom LASIK ablation based on topography in the United States. He has since done tens of thousands of cases.

Dr. Slade has remained on the cutting edge, having the nation’s longest experience with all laser LASIK, accommodating IOLs (crystalens) and implantable contact lens. In fact, Dr. Slade was a lead investigator and presented the data to the FDA for panel approval for both the crystalens and the implantable contact lens. Of unique note, Dr. Slade is considered a “surgeon’s surgeon”. Over 450 of his fellow eye surgeons have chosen him to for their own eye surgery. He is an active researcher and the U.S. medical monitor for several new technologies including the Intralase laser for All Laser LASIK, the implantable corneal contact lens, and the Wavelight laser . He has received numerous awards including 11named lectures, Refractive Surgeon of the Year, two China Service Medals, the Summit Technologies Pioneer of Refractive Surgery Award, the Casebeer Award and the Lans Lectureship.

In 2007 Dr. Slade received the Barraquer Award, the high award from the largest society of refractive surgeons. The Barraquer Award is given only once a year to one doctor in the world. Dr. Slade was selected by his peers for both “Best Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America” and has received the Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a regular presenter at medical meetings and has received several “Best Speaker” awards and has twice won First Place at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Film Festival. He has served on several Editorial Boards including the Journal of Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Slade has produced many articles, book chapters, holds four patents or patents pending in the field and has authored five textbooks on refractive surgery. He has been featured in numerous news segments aired on CBS, ABC and PBS as well as numerous national affiliate stations. Dr. Slade has been quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as numerous local press stories. Dr. Slade was the featured surgeon on the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary “20/10 by 2010?” narrated by Walter Chronkite.

Dr. Slade is the first in the United States to use the latest technology for cataract removal, the Femtosecond Laser. This high speed laser actually does several of the steps of cataract surgery that are now done by hand. We believe this will add precision and safety to the procedure. The results of this technique were presented at the largest meeting on cataracts, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in April, 2010.

 

Richard Baker, O.D.

Richard Baker, O.D.

Doctor Baker graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1975. Currently, he is the Director of the Laser Center of Houston.

Dr. Baker lectures extensively on refractive surgery practice and co-management both in the US and internationally. He has taken care of more refractive surgery patients during the critical pre and post-operative phase than perhaps anyone in the US.

Dr. Baker is an active course instructor for LASIK courses. He has been a co-investigator for Summit Laser and has collected patient data for PRK, PTK and LASIK. He has taught refractive surgery nationally and internationally including China, Mexico and the Caribbean. Together, Dr. Slade and Dr. Baker direct the certification courses that are required of doctors to perform LASIK, training almost of the doctors currently doing LASIK in the United States.

Shama Essa, O.D.

Shama Essa, O.D.

Dr. Shama Essa graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of science in both biochemistry and psychology and a minor in Spanish. She attended the University of Houston College of Optometry and graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Optometry. She is currently a Texas Optometry Board licensed Therapeutic Optometrist and a certified Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.

At Slade & Baker Vision Center, Dr. Essa performs comprehensive eye examinations, cataract evaluations, identifies refractive surgery candidates, provides pre- and post-operative care of surgical patients, and fits both simple and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Essa is also a part-time clinical faculty member at the University of Houston College of Optometry as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, serving as an attending doctor in the Family Practice clinic.

Dr. Essa speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Urdu and Hindi, and enjoys traveling. She is happily married and lives in Sugar Land, TX.

 

Bennett Walton, M.D., M.B.A.

Bennett Walton, MD, MBA, is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist available for refractive surgery, cataract and glaucoma consultations. His professional interests include laser cataract surgery, LASIK, PRK, refractive lensectomy, phakic intraocular lens (ICL) and presbyopia correcting surgery. He is experienced in both laser surgery and manual microsurgery and focuses on finding the best treatment for the individual patient.

He attended Vanderbilt University as an Honors Scholar and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Walton received a Master of Business Administration from Rice University and a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, with emphasis on improving healthcare outcomes.

At Rice, he received distinction as a Jones Scholar, the highest academic award given from the business school. He completed an internship at Houston Methodist Hospital and residency at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. During his years at the Cullen Eye Institute, Dr. Walton received Everett L. Goar Research Awards in back-to-back years for his work in leveraging telemedicine to improve ophthalmic care delivery. Following residency, he completed an additional fellowship in cornea, refractive, and anterior segment surgery.

Dr. Walton is dedicated to patient safety and process improvement and won the First Place award at the 2015 Quality Improvement Conference hosted for the Houston medical community by Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and he has presented research at both regional and national conferences.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

 

Stephen Glenn Slade, M.D.

Stephen Glenn Slade, a specialist in Presbyopia correction, cataract surgery, LASIK, and implantable Contact Lenses. and refractive surgery, is a Houston native whose private practice is in Houston, Texas. He attended Tulane University and the University of Texas Medical School with a final, elective year spent at Guy’s Hospital, London, graduating summa cum laude, with highest honors.

He completed a residency at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans and fellowships in corneal surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and in New York, New York on Project ORBIS. Dr. Slade is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He is an active teacher of surgical techniques and has taught, lectured to, and certified over 8,000 surgeons LASIK and lamellar refractive surgery.

In 1991, along with Stephen Brint MD, he performed the first LASIK in the United States. Later he performed the first Custom LASIK ablation based on topography in the United States. He has since done tens of thousands of cases.

Dr. Slade has remained on the cutting edge, having the nation’s longest experience with all laser LASIK, accommodating IOLs (crystalens) and implantable contact lens. In fact, Dr. Slade was a lead investigator and presented the data to the FDA for panel approval for both the crystalens and the implantable contact lens. Of unique note, Dr. Slade is considered a “surgeon’s surgeon”. Over 450 of his fellow eye surgeons have chosen him to for their own eye surgery. He is an active researcher and the U.S. medical monitor for several new technologies including the Intralase laser for All Laser LASIK, the implantable corneal contact lens, and the Wavelight laser . He has received numerous awards including 11named lectures, Refractive Surgeon of the Year, two China Service Medals, the Summit Technologies Pioneer of Refractive Surgery Award, the Casebeer Award and the Lans Lectureship.

In 2007 Dr. Slade received the Barraquer Award, the high award from the largest society of refractive surgeons. The Barraquer Award is given only once a year to one doctor in the world. Dr. Slade was selected by his peers for both “Best Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America” and has received the Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a regular presenter at medical meetings and has received several “Best Speaker” awards and has twice won First Place at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Film Festival. He has served on several Editorial Boards including the Journal of Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Slade has produced many articles, book chapters, holds four patents or patents pending in the field and has authored five textbooks on refractive surgery. He has been featured in numerous news segments aired on CBS, ABC and PBS as well as numerous national affiliate stations. Dr. Slade has been quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as numerous local press stories. Dr. Slade was the featured surgeon on the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary “20/10 by 2010?” narrated by Walter Chronkite.

Dr. Slade is the first in the United States to use the latest technology for cataract removal, the Femtosecond Laser. This high speed laser actually does several of the steps of cataract surgery that are now done by hand. We believe this will add precision and safety to the procedure. The results of this technique were presented at the largest meeting on cataracts, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in April, 2010.

 

Robert Baker, O.D.

Doctor Baker graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1975. Currently, he is the Director of the Laser Center of Houston.

Dr. Baker lectures extensively on refractive surgery practice and co-management both in the US and internationally. He has taken care of more refractive surgery patients during the critical pre and post-operative phase than perhaps anyone in the US.

Dr. Baker is an active course instructor for LASIK courses. He has been a co-investigator for Summit Laser and has collected patient data for PRK, PTK and LASIK. He has taught refractive surgery nationally and internationally including China, Mexico and the Caribbean. Together, Dr. Slade and Dr. Baker direct the certification courses that are required of doctors to perform LASIK, training almost of the doctors currently doing LASIK in the United States.

 

Sara Brown, O.D.

Dr. Sara Brown grew up in southern Indiana and graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and a minor in both psychology and Spanish.  She also attended Indiana University for optometry school and was valedictorian of her graduating class.

Following optometry school, Dr. Brown completed a residency, specializing in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she is currently clinical adjunct assistant professor.

Dr. Brown is a therapeutic optometrist and a glaucoma specialist.   She joined Slade and Baker Vision Center in May of 2011.  Along with performing comprehensive eye examinations and cataract evaluations, Dr. Brown identifies refractive surgery candidates, provides pre- and post-operative care of surgical patients and fits simple and specialty contact lenses.