Episode 52

Keeping it in the family – navigating private practice in the age of private equity

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | November 16, 2023

Cohen Laser & Vision Center, established in 1991, has consistently upheld a five-star reputation on Google reviews throughout its rich history. Amidst the dynamic landscape of private ophthalmology practices, this center has not just survived but thrived across generations. Dr. Richard Cohen laid the foundation for this success, and today, Dr. Joshua Cohen stands as a towering figure, preserving and expanding upon his father’s legacy. Tune in to uncover the secrets behind their enduring success in this exclusive episode.

Questions discussed in this episode

  1. What drives Cohen Laser and Vision Center’s continual success over 35 years?
  2. How has Cohen Laser and Vision Center sustained its success across generations as a family-oriented practice?
  3. How does the practice tackle staffing challenges unique to private practices?
  4. How does Cohen Laser and Vision Center balance compliance and growth amid healthcare regulations?
  5. How does the practice manage rising healthcare costs while maintaining quality and profitability?
  6. What advice can you give young ophthalmologists looking to start their own practice based on your experience at Cohen Laser and Vision Center?

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G. Richard Cohen, MD

Board-Certified Cornea Specialist located in Boca Raton, FL

After graduating with honors from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Dr. Cohen went on to complete his postdoctoral training in cornea and external disease at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and cornea research at the prestigious Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A pioneer in LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery, Dr. Cohen developed and trademarked two new laser vision correction procedures — B-LASER™ and Phasik™. His was the first private practice in Florida to perform the extraordinary LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) procedure. He was the first LASIK surgeon to own a permanent excimer laser in South Florida and was among the first ophthalmologists in the United States to perform CK® (conductive keratoplasty).

Dr. Cohen has been featured in “Forbes Top 10 LASIK Surgeons” and “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Cohen is the president of the South Palm Ambulatory and Laser Center, as well as a foundation member of B’nai Torah Congregation. He was a bronze medalist for the 2019 Maccabi Pan American Games Master Tennis singles and doubles. Dr. Cohen is also a book reviewer for Ocular Surgery News.

Dedicated to his profession with a strong desire to learn, Dr. Cohen is a research investigator for a variety of ocular diseases and has published his findings in many medical journals. Dr. Cohen served as chairman of the department of surgery at the West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida.

Joshua Cohen, MD

Ophthalmologist at Cohen Laser & Vision Center

After attending the prestigious Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to study environmental science and public policy, Dr. Cohen spent two years teaching at his alma mater, Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He then enrolled at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, where he earned his doctorate in medicine. He proudly served as president of his class all four years and graduated with honors in research.

Dr. Cohen began his medical internship in Jacksonville, Florida, where he met his wife, Rachel. He then started his training in ophthalmology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville before transferring to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to complete his ophthalmology residency. He remained in Virginia for an extra year, serving as chief resident and gained additional exposure to advanced cataract techniques and glaucoma surgery.

Living in sunny Delray Beach, Florida, Dr. Cohen enjoys the arts, the outdoors, and improving his tennis game in hopes of giving his father some real competition on the court.

Connect with the doctors

Dr. Richard Cohen’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dr-richard-cohen-a090575
Dr. Joshua Cohen’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/joshua-cohen-md-2a88377b
Website: www.cohenlaser.com


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