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Originally from Carrollton, Georgia Dr. Cowart received his undergraduate degree in biology at West Georgia. He received his doctorate of optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 1980. It was at this time he established his practice in Bremen.
Dr. Cowart is a member of the Georgia Optometric association. He is certified by the National Board of Optometry, the Georgia Board of Optometry, and the Tennessee Board of Optometry. He resides in Bremen, GA.
Martin F. Wilkes, M.D. is a member of the vitreoretinal service at Atlanta Eye Consultants. Born in Boston, MA but raised here in Atlanta, GA, his undergraduate education was at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia where he received a degree in Molecular Biology, and graduated with honors in 2003. He went to medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, graduating in 2007. His preliminary medicine internship was at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System where he was a recipient of the Arnold Gold Award for Humanism and Teaching in Medicine. He completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Ophthalmology, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. Additional subspecialty training in medical and surgical disease of the retina was undertaken at the Cincinnati Eye Institute associated with University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology.
He authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications and was involved in clinical research in diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous during his retina fellowship.
Dr. Wilkes joined AEC in September of 2013 and sees patients at the both the downtown and College Park offices. He has a strong interest and expertise in medical and surgical diseases that affect the retina, macula, and vitreous, particularly diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, posterior segment trauma, vascular diseases of the retina, vitreoretinal interface abnormalities such as epiretinal membranes and macular holes, and complications of anterior segment surgery.
Dr. Wilkes is member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, National Medical Association and the Atlanta Medical Association.
Dr. Hays is a board-certified ophthalmologist currently practicing cataract, corneal transplant and refractive surgery at Woolfson Eye Institute. Dr. Hays has extensive experience in refractive and corneal surgery, performing over 12,000 refractive surgeries and 25,000 cataract surgeries during his industrious career.
After spending his early years in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Hays received his undergraduate degree with honors from Michigan State University. He then attended medical school at the renowned University of Michigan. After graduation, he completed his residency and internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, which included a stint as Chief Resident. Upon completing his residency, he went on to complete a two year corneal fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He obtained board certification in 1985, and is licensed in both Georgia and Tennessee. More recently, because of his interest in business, he attended Auburn University School of Business, graduating with an M.B.A. in 2009.
From the beginning of his career, Dr. Hays has been an active lecturer, teacher, and published researcher. His presentation topics, which have been presented in the United States as well as nine other countries, include all aspects of Radial Keratotomy (RK) and corneal surgery. Dr. Hays’ interest in sharing his skill led to him to teach courses on the techniques of RK, corneoscopy, and corneal topography. He has been an active instructor since 1983 for various companies, hospitals, and private practices.
Dr. Hays has been recognized many times during his career for his contributions to ophthalmology. Some of these awards include: Greatest Scientific and Clinical Significance of Papers Published in 1984 and The American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2000. He remains active in several prestigious professional organizations related to his field which include: The American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Society for Refractive Surgery, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Medical Association of Georgia.
Dr. Hays is an avid runner, participating in 21 of the last 22 Peachtree Road Races. He currently resides in Roswell, Georgia and enjoys playing golf and tennis when he is not engaged in his practice.