Thomas Litzinger was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he attended Bishop Watterson High School and completed his undergraduate training at Miami University with a major in biology and a concentration in chemistry. He went on to medical school at The Ohio State University, an ophthalmology residency at California Pacific Medical Center, and finished his training at Duke University where he completed a corneal fellowship that allowed him to hone his skills in cataract surgery, LASIK, and corneal transplantation.
Thomas discovered ophthalmology his second year of medical school while on a medical mission trip in Honduras where his internal medicine team ran into a group of ophthalmologists. After hearing stories of making the blind see with cataract surgery and enabling Honduran doctors to do the same through donating equipment and training, his calling to become an ophthalmologist was realized. He returned from his trip with a new passion for ophthalmology and international health. Shortly thereafter, he and four of his fellow medical students at The Ohio State University founded the non-profit organization Ride For World Health, an annual cross-country cycling trip, and lecture series to raise money and awareness for domestic and international health care issues. Thomas gained further international experience during residency when he traveled to Katmandu, Nepal to learn how to perform cataract surgery without the modern technology used in the United States.
As the Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, Thomas enjoys medically and surgically treating a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions using the latest available technology and techniques. In addition to cataract surgery, he performs corneal transplants, bladeless LASIK, and other surgeries related to the anterior portion of the eye.
Thomas is a sports fan and enjoys golf, fitness, and photography. His photography has appeared on the cover of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and his scientific writing and illustrations were published by Nature, in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. However, his proudest accomplishment by far was marrying his wonderful wife Alyssa and having two adorable children, and his favorite hobby is spending time with the three of them.
|2013 – American Board of Ophthalmology|
|PROFESSIONAL GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES|
|American Academy of Ophthalmology|
|International Society of Refractive Surgery|
|American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery|