Adam J. Altman, MD
Dr. Altman, a LASIK and Corneal specialist, was the first doctor in Berks County to perform laser vision correction, and he has successfully performed thousands of these life changing surgeries. He attended Medical School at the University of Massachusetts, and published multiple eye surgery articles while doing research at Harvard Medical School’s Eye Hospital, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Altman was then accepted into Duke University Hospitals Ophthalmology residency, where he was appointed the chief resident of both the Durham and Asheville Veterans Hospitals in his final training year. His formal training in refractive vision correction surgery came in 1989 and 1990 while he completed a Cornea and External Eye Disease fellowship at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1990. In 1992, he co-founded the Refractive Surgery Service at Wills Eye Hospital.
Dr. Altman has presented several papers at Wills Eye Hospital’s Annual Conferences and the New England Ophthalmic Society, including; Streptococcus Pneumonia and Scleritis, Pterygium Surgery, Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis, and Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome. He has lectured to hundreds of doctors on the fine points of LASIK and PRK laser vision correction. He served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Dr. Altman joined Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania and founded the practice’s Refractive Surgery Service in 1995.
Dr. Altman has medical staff privileges at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, The Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic, the Surgery Center of Pottsville, and he is assistant medical director at the Pennsylvania Eye and Ear Surgery Center.
Dr. Altman is an active member in the following organizations:
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- Pennsylvania and Berks County Medical Societies
Dr. Altman is a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, magna cum laude. He received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1985. He performed an ophthalmology residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina from 1986 to 1989. He completed a Cornea and External Eye Disease fellowship at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1989 – 1990.
For more detailed information about Dr. Altman’s background and credentials, including his publications and presentations, please see the attached Curriculum Vitae.
Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1990
Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine
Cornea and External Eye Disease Fellow 1989 – 1990
Co-founded Wills Eye Hospital Refractive Surgery Service – 1992
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
Berkshire Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Doctor of Medicine, 1985
Research- Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary 1983-1984
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Bachelor of Arts
Economics Honors Program, Magna Cum Laude, 1980
Academic Teaching Appointments
1990-92: Instructor in Ophthalmology, Cornea Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia
1990-96: Instructor in Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson Medical Center, Philadelphia
1990-96: Attending physician, Jefferson Park Hospital, Philadelphia
1993-96: Assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Cornea Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
1992 – 1994: Wills Eye Hospital Utilization review board
1995 – Present: Secretary – Reading Ophthalmologic Society
2003 – 2005: Founding Medical Director – Pennsylvania Eye and Ear Surgery Center
2006 – Present: Assistant Medical Director – Pennsylvania Eye and Ear Surgery Center
1995 -Present: Attending Surgeon – The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
1995 – Present: Attending Surgeon – The Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic
2003 – Present: Attending Surgeon – Pennsylvania Eye and Ear Surgery Center
2005 – Present: Attending Surgeon – The Surgery Center of Pottsville
Professional Society Memberships
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Berks County Medical Society
Altman, AJ; Albert, DM; Fornier, GA: Cocaine’s Use in Ophthalmology: Our 100 Year Heritage, Survey of Ophthalmol., Vol. 29, No. 4, Jan. – Feb.,1985:300-306.
Altman, AJ; Gorn, RA; Craft, J; Albert, DM: The Breakdown of Polypropylene in the Human Eye: Is it Clinically Significant?, Ann. Ophthalmology. 1986;18;182-185.
Bruggers, CS; Ware, R; Altman, AJ; Rourk, MH; Vedanarayanan, V; Chaffee, S: Reversible Focal Neurologic Deficits in Severe Iron Deficiency Anemia, J. Pediatrics., Vol. 117, No. 3, 1990:430-432.
Altman, AJ; Cohen, EJ; Berger, S; Mondino, BJ: Scleritis and Streptococcus pneumonia, Cornea. 1991;10(4):341-345.
Altman, A; Site investigator, Herpetic Eye Disease Study Group: Acyclovir for the Prevention of Recurrent Herpes Simplex Eye Disease, New England Journal of Medicine, 339:300-306 (July 30), 1998
Altman, AJ; Site investigator, Herpetic Eye Disease Study Group: Oral Acyclovir for Herpes Simplex Virus Eye Disease – Effect on Prevention of Epithelial Keratitis and Stromal Keratitis, Arch Ophthalmology (118): 1030-1036, Aug 2000
Altman, AJ; Site investigator, Herpetic Eye Disease Study Group: Predictors of Recurrent Herpes Simplex Virus Keratitis, Cornea 20 (2): 123-128, 2001