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Jeffrey G. Gross, M.D.

Carolina Retina Center, PA

7620 Trenholm Road Extension

Columbia, SC , SC 29223

Phone: (803) 736-7200

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Jeffrey G. Gross, M.D.

Jeffrey G. Gross, M.D., is a vitreoretinal surgeon with more than 30 years of ophthalmology experience. He is the founder and president of Carolina Retina Center in Columbia. With his partner, Barron Fishburne, M.D., they have four offices across the state. Dr. Gross is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters and videos. He has been the principle investigator in more than 30 clinical trials. Dr. Gross frequently lectures on retinal research and topics at major ophthalmology meetings internationally. He was the national chair for the landmark Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network ( Protocol S study comparing intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF to panretinal photocoagulation for proliferative diabetic retinopathy. He is a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, Retina Society, Macula Society, American Uveitis Society, and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is the inventor of the Gross SubTenons anesthesia cannula for eye surgery.
Dr. Gross is also the co-founder and managing partner of BioGenware, LLC, a Columbia-based startup specializing in bioengineered design solutions for medical applications. His patients often require monthly injections into the eye to treat age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions. Patients indicate that the worst part of the procedure is the discomfort of the metal eyelid speculum rather than the injection. To solve this problem, Dr. Gross invented the concept for SpeculetTM. Co-Founder and engineer, John Lowsky, designed the CAD and printed the prototype. Together they created the first major redesign of the eyelid speculum in more than 60 years. The SpeculetTM is simple, disposable, elegant, and specifically designed to provide a more comfortable intravitreal injection experience for the patient. Dr. Gross’ patients overwhelmingly prefer the “new” speculum. He was awarded First Place for this innovation at the 2019 Winning Pitch Challenge at the American Society of Retinal Specialists meeting and invited to speak at this year’s Ophthalmology Innovation Summit.
In his spare time, Dr. Gross enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to the mountains of North Carolina to work on his “farm,” surf fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and collecting and restoring vintage Land Cruisers.