Jerry Maida, MD is recognized world-wide as an authority on refractive surgery and LASIK. He performs thousands of refractive procedures yearly, more than anyone in North Florida. He is among the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the world. Dr. Maida has been using the Excimer laser for over 25 years, seven years longer than anyone else in Northeast Florida. He was also the first to perform the LASIK procedure in Northeast Florida, in 1996. Dr. Maida has been the recipient of the National and International Summit/Autonomous Excellence awards twice; only 20 and 25 (respectively) of the most experienced surgeons in the world received these awards. Dr. Maida is the only corneal refractive specialist in Northeast Florida dedicating his practice to refractive surgery.
After only three years of undergraduate study, Dr. Jerry Maida was accepted to the New Jersey College of Medicine without a diploma. After completion of his medical studies, he was the recipient of a New Jersey College of Medicine Fellowship that gave him an opportunity to work in the “bush” of Tanzania and study tropical disease medicine and work as a medical missionary. Dr. Maida was a Naval Flight Surgeon and pilot in the early 1970’s, and he served his residency at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1976. He then undertook a fellowship in anterior segment surgery under Dr. John Sheets in Texas. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of business in Philadelphia in 1992.
Dr. Maida organized the first Excimer Laser clinics in the countries of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in 1993. He trained over 100 surgeons in these countries in courses given with other world-renowned authorities. He has been in practice in Jacksonville for over 30 years, and throughout that time he has been a leader in the field of vision correction.