Episode 17

Importance of an Innovative Mindset in Ophthalmology

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | March 15, 2023

“An innovative mindset is the key to unlocking the future by turning today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities.”

Having an innovative mindset is essential in the field of ophthalmology. With new technologies and techniques emerging rapidly, staying ahead of the curve and being open to exploring new ideas and approaches is essential.

Dr. Max Colbert is an ophthalmologist with a passion for innovation and strong business acumen. In this episode, he shares his journey into the business world, revealing how he capitalized on opportunities that came his way and leveraged his experiences working with industry giants.

Dr. Colbert’s story is a testament to the power of an innovative mindset and a willingness to embrace new challenges and opportunities. His journey inspires anyone who aspires to achieve great things in any field that requires a combination of creativity, business acumen, and a willingness to take risks.

In this episode, Dr. Colbert discusses the importance of business savvy for ophthalmologists, explaining that understanding the business side of medicine is critical for anyone who wants to make a positive impact in the field. He offers practical advice for listeners interested in developing their business acumen, emphasizing the importance of networking, seeking learning opportunities, and maintaining an innovative mindset.


  • 00:01:11 – Dr. Colbert’s Ophthalmology journey
  • 00:03:04 – Dr. Colbert’s MBA from NYU
  • 00:03:28 – His motivation for pursuing an MBA
  • 00:05:13 – Advantages of MBA training over non-MBA
  • 00:06:44 – How did you get involved in the Biotech industry?
  • 00:08:37 – Naren explains the purpose of this podcast episode
  • 00:09:25 – How did you come to work with flying L partners?
  • 00:14:51 – Experience with Dr. Dick Lindstrom, Bill Link, and Andy Corley
  • 00:18:30 – Characteristics of an entrepreneur
  • 00:21:14 – What is “Design Thinking” and its application to the medical industry
  • 00:26:22 – Book “Disrupt” by Luke Williams
  • 00:28:41 – Importance of being a business-savvy ophthalmologist


Max Colbert MD, MBA

Resident Physician at NYU Department of Ophthalmology

Dr. Colbert is an Ophthalmology Resident at the New York University Department of Ophthalmology. He received his Medical Degree from New York University Grossman School of Medicine and Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business, where he specialized in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Finance. He holds a B.S. in Biological Science from Florida State University. 

Dr. Colbert currently consults for two ophthalmic device start-ups, AI Optics and Ace Vision Group, and previously worked as a Venture Associate with Flying L Partners. Prior to medical school, Dr. Colbert worked in drug development at the National Institutes of Health. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in ophthalmic journals using advanced MRI techniques to study the impact of glaucoma on the central nervous system and has presented at numerous international ophthalmology meetings.

Connect with Dr. Max Colbert

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/max-colbert-md-mba


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