Thomas J. Pusateri, M.D., Leonard E. Cortelli, M.D., Mark L. Arey, M.D., B. David Garruto, M.D., and Scott M. Friedman, M.D. are ophthalmologists, medical doctors who specialize in eye surgery and in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. They also test eyes for vision defects and prescribe corrective lenses.
All Florida Eye Center physicians are Board Certified through the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Thomas J. Pusateri, M.D.
Dr. Pusateri, a native of Chicago, was honored with the Dean’s award as USF School of Medicine’s Outstanding 1984 graduate. He received advanced medical training at Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of South Florida. A member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Pusateri is a comprehensive ophthalmologist treating patients of all ages. He has special interests in pediatric eye care and complex glaucoma management including SLT laser treatment.
Leonard E. Cortelli, M.D.
Dr. Cortelli has been with Florida Eye Center since 1992. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Cortelli’s awards include membership in the AOA Medical Honor Society, USF Faculty/Staff Scholarship 1987/1988, and “Best Doctor” awards in 2003,2004,2007, and 2008. Dr. Cortelli provides general, comprehensive eye care and specializes in small incision cataract surgery using phacoemulsification.
Mark L. Arey, M.D.
A Central Florida native, Dr. Arey graduated from the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University School of Medicine prior to completing his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He subsequently completed an additional year of fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at UT-Southwestern. Dr. Arey specializes in small- incision cataract surgery with phacoemulsification and has received advanced training and certification in premium intraocular lens implantation including the Acrysof® ReSTOR® and Acrysof® Toric lenses. Dr. Arey provides comprehensive eye care services for patients with diabetes, glaucoma, and other chronic conditions. Additionally, Dr. Arey is available for refractive consultation and LASIK evaluation for those patients seeking less dependence upon their glasses or contact lenses.