Belinda L. Shirkey, MD

Belinda L. Shirkey, MD

Belinda L. Shirkey, MD was an honors graduate of the University of Arkansas, served her residency at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York; completed her Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Duke University Eye Center, and has been honored by the National Eye Institute as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar. From 1999-2012, she was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology/ New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Retina Service; from 2012 until joining Retina Associates of Kentucky, she was the Fellowship Director/Vitreoretinal Surgery and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona Medical School in Phoenix. Certified since 1999 by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Shirkey practices as a Vitreoretinal surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, Club VIT and is listed in the Edition of America’s Top Ophthalmologists. Dr. Shirkey joined Retina Associates in 2015 and brought a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience to our main office in Lexington. She serves as the practice’s Medical Director. Surgically, Dr. Shirkey treats patients with retinal detachments and macular diseases. She is also Principal Investigator for many of our clinical trials.

What led you to choose Retina Associates?

After practicing in New York City for 13 years based at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, I was drawn to the concept of a fully integrated private practice with an academic bent.  Tom and I have been friends since our training days at Duke.  With William, Rick, John and Todd, I knew instantly that I had found a highly functional team of nationally respected, exceptionally skilled colleagues.   We share common core values of excellence in patient care and research with a dedication to mentoring the next generation of retinal specialists. This coupled with an opportunity to live and raise children in a charming and sophisticated, cultured Southern town was irresistible.

What are your interests?

Advancing patient care in a data driven, efficient manner with emphasis on the art of medicine.

Macro delivery of care with telemedicine.

In office surgery delivery systems.

Surgical instruction.

What research are you working on?

New devices for drug delivery and new drugs remain the drive of research.  This is particularly exciting for our AMD patients who are now are dependent on frequent dosing to preserve vision.

I am also working on developing methods of consistent teaching for vitreoretinal surgeons.

Links and Information

Family Practice Interview
Midday KY Dr. Shirkey Diabetic Eye Disease Discussion
Dr. Shirkey Shares Diabetic Eye Disease Facts
Dr Shirkey of RAK on Solar Retinopathy
StantonMD- Retina Associates of Kentucky- Research


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