Dr. Mark Gillespie
Dr. Gillespie is a board certified comprehensive ophthalmologist, anterior segment and refractive eye surgeon. He joined the Ophthalmology Group alongside Drs. Johnson, Borodofsky and Myers in 1985. From the beginning, he has believed that each patient gets 100% of his attention in trying to achieve their vision goals.
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. Meeks was born and raised in Paducah, KY and graduated as Salutatorian from Paducah Tilghman High School in 2001. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Louisville where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then went on to medical school at the University of Louisville where he graduated magna cum laude with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2009. In medical school, Dr. Meeks was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, reserved for those graduating in the top of the class.
Following medical school, Dr. Meeks completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Louisville. He then completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern from 2010-2013. Dr. Meeks has always aspired to return back to Paducah to give back to this great community. He joined The Ophthalmology Group in August 2013 practicing comprehensive general ophthalmology. He is providing complete medical and surgical care, including glaucoma management, screening and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, eyelid procedures (i.e. blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, entropion/ectropion repair), strabismus surgery, and laser-assisted cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses.
Dr. Meeks is happily married to his wife, Van. They have a 1-year-old son named Paul who may be the cutest baby boy in the universe. The Meeks family enjoys cooking together, going to Broadway shows at The Carson Center, and traveling all around the world. We enjoy listening to The Beatles, The Avett Brothers, and Bawn in the Mash. Additionally, Dr. Meeks enjoys playing golf, table tennis, and basketball.
Dr. Carl Baker
Dr. Carl W. Baker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed an internship in 1994 at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at MUSC. He received a Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship and served as an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky in 2000. He was the recipient of the William W. Vallotton Award for Academic Excellence in Residency.
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. James D. Kim is a fellowship trained retina specialist. He graduated high school in Sydney, Australia where he achieved a perfect score in HSC (an Australian University entrance exam) and received Premier’s medal as top student in Australia. Then Dr. Kim came to the United States and graduated from University of Maryland with Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Kim received Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Kim received second degree in Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He stayed at Georgetown University and received Doctor of Medicine degree.
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 received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1996, and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 2001. Dr. Taylor’s research experience in 2000 includes ‘Effects of Glaucoma Drainage Tube Implant on Corneal Grafts’. In 2002, he completed his internship in the department of general surgery at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Taylor completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky in 2005. Dr. Taylor joined the Ophthalmology Group in 2005 practicing general ophthalmology. Surgical experience includes cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, strabismus surgery and ophthalmic plastic surgery.
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. Greg Batts
Dr. Batts majored in Pre-Optometry from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in 1994. He received his Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee in 1998.
Dr. Batts completed his externships in 1998 at Pine Ridge Indian Hospital in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and Kentucky Eyehealth Center in Benton, Kentucky. At Pine Ridge, he gained extensive experience with ocular pathology, trauma, and fitting of low vision devices. At Kentucky Eyehealth, he conducted comprehensive eye health exams, including diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of eye diseases.
He is a member of the Student Volunteer Services to Humanity, Kentucky Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association.
Dr. Batts enjoys backpacking, tennis, basketball, traveling, and scuba diving. He is married to Lori Batts.
Dr. Ron Tilford
Dr. Tilford is a native of the Paducah area and a Heath High School graduate. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1972 and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1980.
He completed his internal medicine residency at UCLA Medical Center/ Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA with rotation at Veterans Administration Hospital at Van Nuys, CA in 1981.
He then completed his ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 1981-1983. He served as Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt University and its three hospitals: Veterans Administration Hospital, Nashville General and Vanderbilt University Hospital/Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Tilford has been in private practice in Atlanta, GA, focusing on diseases and surgery of the Vitreous/Macula/Retina, including complex retinal detachment surgery for 22 years. He joined Paducah Retinal Center in 2006 and is a partner of The Ophthalmology Group, LLP.
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