Byron A. Santos, MD

oculoplastics specialist

Dr. David Westrich
Dr. David Westrich

Byron A. Santos, MD

oculoplastics specialist

Get to know Dr. Byron Santos

Byron Santos, MD began treating patients in the Cape Girardeau area through Kies Eye Center and Cape Outpatient Surgery Center in 1998 and then through Eye Consultants, Inc. in 2008. After our partnership with Eye Consultants, Inc. in 2018, Eye Care Specialists is pleased to offer Dr. Byron Santos’ oculoplastics services.
Dr. Byron Santos sees patients at our Cape Girardeau Doctors’ Park facility for regular appointments in the morning on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, then performs surgery in the afternoon at Physicians Alliance Surgery Center. He also performs surgery the first and third Friday of each month.

EXPERIENCE

CREDENTIALS

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Board Certified

Board certification indicates that beyond his or her basic medical license, an entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice within his or her specialty. For ophthalmology, this entity is the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). The ABO certifies the surgeon has completed specific training and continuing education related to the specialty. Click here for an informative video explaining ABO certification.

Fellowship Trained

Ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye conditions and diseases. If an ophthalmologist is a “subspecialist” or is “fellowship trained”, he or she has undergone an additional 1-2 years of more in-depth training in a specific medical or surgical eye care. Dr. Santos completed a fellowship in oculoplastics specializing in surgical procedures that deal with the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the face.

AFFILIATIONS

The following affiliations help Dr. Santos stay abreast of technological advancements in ophthalmology and oculoplastics surgery.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

The mission of ASCRS is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons. ASCRS is a primary resource for up-to-date clinical information for surgery, published research, and regulatory information affecting the practice of medicine.

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The mission of the AAO is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. The AAO provides information and tools we utilize to educate our patients.

Southern Illinois Medical Association (SIMA)

Established in 1874, SIMA is an organization of physicians and healthcare practitioners who live in the southern-most counties of Illinois. SIMA looks to address problems specific to the 60 counties it represents and provides scholarships and loans to medical students.

EDUCATION

Fellowship: Oculoplastics

St. Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
St. Louis, Missouri

Residency: Ophthalmology

Rodolfo Robles Eyes and Ear Hospital
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Internship

Central Military Hospital
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Medical School

University of San Carlos, School of Medicine
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Doctor of Medicine

Undergraduate

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Has been practicing in St. Louis for over 34 years and in Cape Girardeau for over 20 years

The Director of the Glaucoma Clinic at the O’Donnell Eye Institute in St. Louis, Mo. since 1988

Eye Care Specialists

Caring for the needs of your SPECIAL EYES!