Brian J. Groat, MD is a board certified cataract, cornea and glaucoma surgeon. His unique and extensive training has enabled him to provide the highest quality eye surgery and care.
After graduating with Honors from the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Groat served two years as an Acquisition Officer for the Air Force. He was then selected in a highly competitive program to be sponsored for his medical training. Dr. Groat received his medical doctorate (MD) from Tulane University School of Medicine. He continued his internship training in New Orleans working in the famed Charity Hospital System.
The Air Force then called him back to active duty and he served as the lead Flight Surgeon for the 66 RQS, combat search and rescue squadron, based out of Las Vegas, NV. During that time, he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq on three occasions and earned an Air Medal and Achievement Medal for combat rescue flights.
Dr. Groat followed this assignment by completing his ophthalmology residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina, Storm Eye Insititute. While there, his research was published in nationally peer-reviewed journals, and he was selected to make presentations at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meetings.
Following residency, Dr. Groat reentered the Air Force and became the Chief of Ophthalmology at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. In this position he provided advanced ophthalmic care to Active Duty pilots, retirees, dependents and was concurrently the only eye surgeon in Southern Nevada to care for Veterans Administration patients requiring complex glaucoma and cornea transplant surgeries. Over a four-year period, Dr. Groat performed thousands of intraocular and laser surgeries including presbyopia and astigmatism correcting lifestyle lens surgery.
Dr. Groat’s experience and expertise was highlighted when he was asked to be the head of ocular trauma at Bagram AB, Afghanistan in 2011. There, he performed brain, orbital, ocular, and facial surgeries on injured American and Coalition soldiers and humanitarian surgeries on local Afghan nationals. Additionally, he was asked by the Wing Commander to care for a previously undiagnosed corneal disorder in a provincial Governor and perform cataract surgery on a high-ranking Afghan National Army General. For his accomplishments, Dr. Groat was awarded a NATO medal.
While he has received numerous accolades, Dr. Groat’s major focus is providing personalized, exceptional patient care. He enjoys building relationships and derives personal and professional satisfaction from helping patients while achieving outstanding clinical results.
Dr. Groat is very pleased to be a part of the Wilmington community as a health care provider. While not at work, he loves spending time with his wonderful family; wife Kate, and daughter Emma. You may also find him biking around Wilmington or playing golf.