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Lisa Collea, MD
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Biography

Lisa Anne Collea, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who is devoted to the study and practice of ophthalmology. Dr. Collea received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, she was elected to the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society for her senior thesis research on the bcr-abl gene, which is linked to chronic myelogenous leukemia. She then matriculated to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. While at Jefferson, she received a Dean’s nomination to be the student body representative for the career counseling and medical education task force.

Dr. Collea then returned to Georgetown University for her residency in ophthalmology at the Washington National Eye Center. Part of her training was at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where she cared for soldiers with ocular and facial injuries returning from the Iraq War. In 2007, she received the William JG Davis award for Best Resident Research Project for her work on photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

After residency graduation, Dr. Collea practiced in the Washington, DC, suburbs for two years before pursuing a fellowship in cornea, premium cataract surgery and LASIK surgery at the prestigious Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. There, she gained experience with advanced techniques in cataract surgery, including the implantation of toric and multifocal intraocular lenses. Her training included ocular surface reconstruction using amniotic membrane and treatment of severe dry eye syndrome. Working with leaders in the field, she became skilled in the art of corneal transplant surgery and anterior segment reconstruction. She also advanced her training in refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK and Intacs) using state-of-the-art equipment, including VISX, wavefront, and intralase lasers.

Prior to joining CEENTA, Dr. Collea provided eye care to patients in southern California for 10 years. She has years of experience using the LensEx laser for Femto Assisted laser cataract extraction. She was the first eye surgeon in the Inland Empire region of Southern California to implant the new PanOpitx lens in 2019.

Dr. Collea is excited to join the team at CEENTA. She is pleased to offer her patients expertise in traditional and premium-lens cataract surgery, pterygium surgery, dry eye care, and comprehensive ophthalmic conditions. She offers each patient individualized and compassionate care. She believes patients should both understand their diagnosis and actively participate in the treatment process.

Dr. Collea is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. She and her husband decided to move back to the East Coast to be closer to her parents and sisters. They are excited for their young children to grow up around their cousins.

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.


Education & Fellowship

Undergraduate
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Georgetown University, 1999

Doctorate
Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, 2003

Internship
Georgetown University, 2004

Residency
Ophthalmology, Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center, 2007

Fellowship
Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Disease, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2010


Associations & Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.


Featured Procedures

Femto laser-assisted cataract surgery

BlephEx

Pterygium care


Research

March 8, 2015: West, LA. “Corneal Dystrophies." NVision Symposium, Irvine, CA.

April 22, 2010: Collea, LA. “Crystalens: A review of outcomes.” Weill Cornell Department of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, New York, NY.

November 18, 2008: Collea, LA. “Diabetes and Your Eyes." The Prevention of Blindness Society, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC.

April 12, 2008: Collea, LA. “Cataracts and Cataract Surgery.” The Prevention of Blindness Society, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC.

Oct. 8, 2006: Collea, LA; Griffiths, J; Freedman, B; Parver, DL. “Ocular Complications Following Bilateral Eyebrow Laser Photothermolysis.” Poster presentation, American Society of Plastic Surgery, 2006 National Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

June 24, 2006: Collea, LA; Georgetown University Resident Research Day, “IOL Master vs. Manual A-scan: A review of resident outcomes.”

May 4, 2006: Collea, LA; Griffiths, J; Freedman, B; Parver, DL. “Iris Synechiae Formation, Iris Atrophy and Corectopia in One Eye Following Bilateral Eyebrow Laser Photothermolysis.” Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology. Poster Presentation. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jan. 21, 2006: Collea, LA “The Development of Visually Significant Corneal Haze after Photorefractive Keratectomy.” Washington Hospital Center Resident’s Research Day, Washington, DC.

May 1999: Collea, LA "Investigation of Hypermetaphase vs. Interphase Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization" Senior Thesis, Georgetown University. Principal Investigator: Jeanne Meck, PhD; Department of Genetics, Georgetown University; October 1998 - May 1999


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