Episode 12

Practice Start-up and Management of Retina Surgery In-Office

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | February 8, 2023

Dr. Omar Shakir is an innovative physician who started his private practice rather than choosing to work at a hospital. Coastal Eye Surgeons is the brand Dr. Shakir developed throughout his career. In this episode, he shares his journey in building his practice, the problems he faced, benefits and pitfalls of owning and managing a private practice. In addition, he talks about office-based retina surgery and its success.

Owning and managing a practice is challenging. It comes with various obstacles that you have to overcome. Your medical knowledge and good business knowledge are essential to building a solo practice properly.

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  • 00:01:16 – Ophthalmology journey of Dr. Shakir
  • 00:05:44 – When did you open up your private practice?
  • 00:05:54 – The most significant challenges faced when opening up the practice.
  • 00:08:29 – How long did it take you to overcome the first challenge?
  • 00:08:58 – Opening a Practice – Solo or Partnership
  • 00:10:48 – When does a typical physician start a solo practice?
  • 00:11:41 – Benefits of being a practice owner
  • 00:14:44 – 3 things to focus on before starting a private practice
  • 00:17:06 – Office-based retina surgery
  • 00:20:40 – Final thoughts


Omar R. Shakir, MD MBA

Cataract and Retina Surgeon
Owner, Coastal Eye Surgeons
Clinical Instructor, Yale University
Consultant to Bausch & Lomb, Zeiss Meditec, Beyeonics, iOR Partners, Topcon Medical

Omar Shakir, MD MBA is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cataract surgeon. He is the owner and founder of Coastal Eye Surgeons in Greenwich, CT.

He trained at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Florida, and Yale University. Dr. Shakir performs cutting-edge laser cataract surgery with the newest technologies, minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery, and complex retinal surgeries. He boasts a state-of-the-art operating suite in the office, which has garnered national attention for advances in techniques. The experience is pain-free, comfortable, and convenient.

Dr. Shakir has gained national recognition for pioneering office-based surgery and serves as a consultant to eye surgery companies including Bausch & Lomb, Zeiss Meditec, Beyeonics, and iOR Partners. He routinely presents at national conferences on his innovation in eye surgery. Dr. Shakir is also a proud recipient of the Top Doctor Award from Connecticut Magazine and Fairfield County Magazine.

Connect with Dr. Omar Shakir 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/omarshakir1

Website: www.coastaleyesurgeons.com


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