Carroll County Surgery Center's doctors have many years of experience conducting the procedures our center supports. We're proud of who they are and what they've accomplished; click on their links below to learn more about each of them!
Dr. Andrew I. Kessler practices general eye care and specializes in cataract surgery, glaucoma, refractive surgery and other diseases of the eye. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing full time in Carroll County since 1990.
Dr. Kessler received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree with honorsfrom the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences in 1979. He received his Doctorate of Medicine degree with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He was awarded the Stuart Mudd Award for microbiology research and the Jack C Clarke prize upon graduation from medical school.
After completing his internship at the Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania hospital in 1987, Dr. Kessler completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland Hospital. Dr. Kessler served as Chief Resident of the Department of Ophthalmology his final year. Dr. Kessler received his board certification in ophthalmology in 1992, and was recertified in 2002 and 2012.
Dr. Kessler has been a leader in advancing new technology to Carroll County. He is proud to have been involved in the introduction of many advances in eye care and eye surgery. These accomplishments include Radial Keratotomy, No-stich cataract surgery, foldable lens implants, ultrasound removal of cataracts, Lasik, Laser-assisted cataract surgery, correction of astigmatism, and multifocal lens implants.
Dr. Kessler became Medical Director of the Carroll County Eye Surgery Center after the center opened in May of 2004. The center has the best equipment and most experienced staff he has ever worked with. He is very proud of what he and the other owners have accomplished at the center. He performs all of his cataract procedures at the center.
Martin Weintraub has been practicing medical and surgical ophthalmology in Westminster since 1983. A Board Certified Ophthalmologist, the 1979 graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine completed an internal medicine internship at the Washington Hospital Center and went on to an ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland Hospital. He served as Chief Resident in his last year.
When Dr. Weintraub began treating patients in Westminster, Carroll County General Hospital did not support modern eye surgery. All eye patients at the time traveled to GBMC or other hospitals. It was at Dr. Weintraub’s insistence that Carroll County added state-of-the-art ophthalmic surgery to its regular services. For over twenty years, patients from Westminster and the surrounding areas have benefited from this expansion into first-rate surgical eye care.
With the opening of the first outpatient eye surgery center in 2004, patients enjoy greater convenience for their eye care needs. Dr. Weintraub took an active role in the establishment of this outpatient facility and served as its first medical director. Dr. Weintraub met his wife Susan when they were undergraduates at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They have three children.
Bachelor of Science: University of Maryland, College Park, summa cum laude
Doctor of Medicine: University of Maryland, School of Medicine, cum laude
Internship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Residency: Ophthalmology, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Chief Resident
Diplomate: American Board of Ophthalmology
Member: American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Carroll County Medical Association, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, International Society of Refractive Surgery, American Board of Eye Surgery
Volunteer: National Eye Care Project (provider of eye care for disadvantaged senior citizens in partnership with Meals on Wheels Association and sponsored by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.), Pakistan's Christian Hospital; performed over 250 cataract procedures in four weeks, Diabetic Eye Screenings (sponsored by the American Diabetes Association).
- Board-Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
- Fellowship: Cornea/External Disease/ Refractive Surgery, Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
- Residency: Ophthalmology, Friedenwald Eye Institute, Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- MD: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
- Fellow: American Academy of Ophthalmology Member: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
- Hospital Affiliations: Maryland General Hospital, Carroll Hospital Center
- Chief of Department: Ophthalmology, Carroll Hospital Center
- Medical Director: Carroll County Eye Surgery Center
- Published Author: Dr. Friedman’s research has been featured in several professional publications, including Clinical Transplantation, Maryland Medical Journal, American Journal of Ophthalmology and Archives of Ophthalmology.
- Awards: Administrative Chief Resident of Ophthalmology, Friedenwald Eye Institute, Maryland General Hospital; Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore MD; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- Appointed: Co-Director, Cornea Services, Friedwald Eye Institue, Maryland General Hospital Residency Program, Baltimore, MD
Krieger Eye Institute
Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology
Krieger Eye Institute
Oculoplastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery (1999-present)
Co-Director, Krieger Eye Institute ASOPRS Oculoplastic Fellowship (2004-present)
American Board of Ophthalmology, 1999
Secretary, Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. (2003-present)
Treasurer, Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. (2001-2003)
National Cyberknife Protocol Steering Committee (2003 – present)
Institutional Review Board, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (2000-2002)
1998-1999 Fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery (ASOPRS)
Albany Eye Physicians and Surgeons and
Albany Medical Center
1995 - 1998 Residency in Ophthalmology
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Department of Ophthalmology
1994-1995 Internship in Internal Medicine
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Department of Internal Medicine
1990-1994 Doctor of Medicine
Hahnemann University School of Medicine
1986-1990 Bachelor of Science, Biology with General Honors
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Ophthal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Medical Association
Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Citation in General Honors
Phi Sigma National Biological Honors Society
Golden Key National Honors Society
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (1999 - present)
Clinical Instructor, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Mercy Medical Center
Lancaster General Hospital
Current Research Interests
Optic nerve dose tolerances to hypofractionated stereotactic radiosurgery with the cyberknife system.
Eyelid retraction repair using a new porcine dermal implant.
Punctoplasty with adjuvant topical mitomycin-c.
Board-certified Eye Physician and Surgeon
John C. Baer, M.D. graduated from Swarthmore College and received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Baer completed clinical and research fellowships, specializing in cornea and ocular immunology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard University School of Medicine.
Before entering private practice, Dr. Baer served as an Associate Professor and Acting Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and as Chief of the Ophthalmology Service at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Baer is a board certified eye physician and surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of ophthalmology.