Dr. Mark Gillespie
Dr. Gillespie and his partners pride themselves in using the most up-to-date technology to perform procedures usually found in major metropolitan areas and academic centers. These include:
- Laser assisted cataract surgery with several types of multifocal lens implants designed to give the best chance of independence from glasses
- Dropless cataract surgery
- LASIK laser surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
- DSEK – An advanced corneal transplantation procedure
- Blepharoplasty and other eyelid plastic surgery procedures
- Glaucoma laser procedures
- Advanced glaucoma surgery including the new, minimally invasion glaucoma procedures such as Istents, trabectome and canaloplasty that are performed by only a minority of eye surgeons
Dr. Gillespie graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He also attended Vanderbilt Medical School and did a medical internship at Evanston Hospital near Chicago. His ophthalmology residency training was at the University of Virginia from 1982-1985. He was subsequently recognized and certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is currently a member of several specialty societies including the:
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Refractive Surgery Alliance
Credential and Awards
Dr. Gillespie has been practicing as a part of the Ophthalmology Group since 1985. He has served as medical director for the Eye Surgery Center of Paducah since its opening in 1992.
Dr. Gillespie currently writes a monthly newspaper column for the Senior Scene magazine.
Dr. Gillespie is a three-time winner of the Paducah Sun’s Favorite Ophthalmologist Award!
Dr. Landen Meeks
Dr. Carl Baker
Dr. Baker is engaged in clinical research for Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, and Retinal Vein Occlusions. For the past 15 years, he has been involved with several projects that have led to the developments of several new medications and devices for the treatment of eye diseases.
Dr. Baker is actively involved as a leader in ophthalmology at the national and state level. He is the current president of the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Baker is a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Baker served as a vice-chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network from 2011-2014 and is currently a member of the executive committee of the DRCR Network.
Dr. Baker and his wife, Jil, have three children. He is a private pilot and loves to fly. He also enjoys tennis and golf.
Dr. James Kim
Dr. Kim completed ophthalmology residency at University of Texas Medical Branch where he served as chief resident. He was awarded numerous accolades including Silver Scalpel Award for recognition of his superior surgical skills, Best Research Awards for outstanding achievement in furthering ophthalmology research, nomination as university wide exemplary resident, and Resident Citizenship Award. After ophthalmology residency, Dr. Kim was selected as vitreoretinal surgery fellow at the Eye Institute in Medical College of Wisconsin, one of premier retina fellowships in the country.
Dr. Kim has extensive medical and surgical training in diseases of retina including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, complex retinal detachments and diabetic tractional retinal detachments.
Dr. Kim has been involved in research for many years including National Institute of Health and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. He has numerous research publications in top medical journals and book chapters. He has presented his works at national and international meetings. He is a member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, and American College of Physicians.
Dr. Kim is happily married to Dr. Suejean Park, associate professor of violin at Murray State University and Concertmaster of Paducah Symphony Orchestra. They have two daughters. Dr. Kim enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, fishing, and traveling. He is fluent in Spanish and Korean.
Dr. Jeff Taylor
Dr. Taylor and his wife, Heather, are the parents of Callie, Karsten, and Hayden. He is a native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Dr. Taylor enjoys water skiing.
Dr. Brian Bodnarchuk
Dr. Bodnarchuk returned to his hometown of Paducah and joined The Ophthalmology Group in 2017. He provides comprehensive medical and surgical eye care including diabetic retinopathy screening, glaucoma diagnosis and management, eyelid surgery, cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses, and laser assisted surgery.
Dr. Bodnarchuk is an avid bow hunter and Kentucky basketball fan. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
The Ophthalmology Group
4630 Village Square Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
(800) EYE-2000 – Toll Free