Doc Holladay Retires after 40 years in Medicine

Jack T Holladay, M.D. Houston Texas LASIK Surgeon After 40 years in medicine, I have decided to retire from the clinical practice of Ophthalmology. As some of you may know, by the grace of God, I survived a Type 1 aortic aneurysm repair at Methodist Hospital in February, 2010 and have steadily been increasing my stamina and strength. My intensive cardiologist has explained that longevity after this operation is almost entirely a function of blood pressure control, so I am on every category of antihypertensive available. Consequently, I am no longer able to operate and see patients clinically.

All of the charts from the Holladay LASIK Institute are with the practice of Dr. Charles Garcia and Dr. Scott Segal. Their practice is located in the same office with the same phone # (713 668 7337) and Fax # (713 668 7336). I have known Dr. Garcia for 35 years and Dr. Segal for 15 years and know personally their dedication to quality care.

I am still doing research, consulting, writing papers and attending conferences. Also, I am still a Clinical Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and continue to refer patients to Dr. Doug Koch for LASIK, Cataract Surgery and complicated consults. I have known Dr. Koch for over 35 years and know his dedication to quality care as well. The Baylor Ophthalmology Faculty provides the expertise necessary in all subspecialties of Ophthalmology. To schedule an appointment at the Alkek Eye Center of Baylor College of Medicine, Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm call 713 798-6100.

I have greatly valued the relationship with all of my patients and thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years.

With warm regards,

Jack T. Holladay, MD, MSEE, FACS

Dr. Jack Holladay - Biography

Jack T. Holladay was born on October 13, 1946, while his parents were stationed at Olathe Naval Base near Kansas City, Kansas. His father went to work for Ford Motor Company and typical of many families ascending the corporate ladder, the numerous relocations meant attending twelve schools between kindergarten and high school, plus college:

In 1961, the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Dr. Holladay began his sophomore year at South Oak Cliff High School.

In 1964, Dr. Holladay graduated from South Oak Cliff High School, receiving an academic and music scholarship for tuition and room at Southern Methodist University. He chose Electrical Engineering as his major and played solo trumpet with the Mustang Band along with Harry James, Jr. He worked in the student cafeteria for his meals, giving him the opportunity to meet many students. These many friends were instrumental in his successful campaigns for Head Cheerleader during his junior and senior years.

In 1969 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and was awarded a scholarship to graduate school. His work in the Master's program was primarily in Computer Science, where he developed software for the onboard aircraft computers to defeat Soviet radar systems. He also designed night vision optical devices using early IBM programs, which represented his first exposure to the field of optics.

In 1971, Dr. Holladay received his Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and started course work toward a Doctorate. Attending classes at Southwestern Medical School was part of the Biomedical Engineering program, and this fostered an interest in the medical applications of his engineering background. As his interest grew, he decided to attend medical school.

Dr. Holladay was accepted in the first on-campus class of 32 members at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1971.

In 1974, he received his Doctorate of Medicine, followed by a year of research developing instrumentation for measuring the electrical charge of the eye.

He then began his residency in ophthalmology in 1975 at Hermann Hospital, the teaching hospital for The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

He completed his residency in ophthalmology in 1978 and was invited to join The University of Texas Medical School Faculty. In addition to his teaching responsibilities and private practice, Dr. Holladay has invented the Brightness Acuity Tester, an instrument which is used by ophthalmologists all over the world for testing the effects of glare on patients' vision.

He developed the "Holladay IOL Consultant" and "Refractive Surgery Consultant" software programs, which are currently used worldwide by ophthalmologists to help restore their patients' vision following cataract removal and obtaining the best results following refractive surgery (LASIK).

He is very active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology; serving as past Chairman of the Committee on Low Vision, Committee on Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses, Ethics Committee and the Committee for Ophthalmic Technology Development.

Because of his service to the Academy and his teaching contributions at the annual meeting, he received the Honor Award in 1985, and the Senior Honor Award in 1995, which is awarded to only 25 ophthalmologists a year. He has written over 96 scientific articles, 30 book chapters, and authored or edited five books and made several hundred scientific presentations.

Dr. Holladay has been invited as a Visiting Professor to many of the major ophthalmology programs internationally.

In 1986, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for his service on the Ophthalmic Device Panel.

He has received the "Most Outstanding Lecturer in Ophthalmology" from his medical students numerous times.

In 1991, he was named the A. G. McNeese, Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology and was the second person to be recognized as a "Distinguished Alumnus" of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

In 1992, he received the Binkhorst Medal Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery given to one ophthalmologist each year.

In 1995, he was honored with the "Ridley Award" from the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery that is given to only one ophthalmologist every two years.

In 2001, he was the first recipient of the John Pearse Memorial Award from the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS).

He was acknowledged in 2002-2003 as one of the "Best Doctors in America", has been recognized as one of the "Top Doctors in Houston" by Inside Houston Magazine and is in "Who's Who" in Texas and the United States.

He is past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board for the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery-Eurotimes and a Board of Director for the Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance.

In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Medal from the International Society of Refractive Surgery and 2007 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Outside of medicine:

Although Dr. Holladay's professional activities are many, he still devotes a significant amount of time to the community and his family.

He has served as a member of the Administrative Board, Council on Ministries and Board of trustees for the Bellaire United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lion's Eye Bank for 20 years.

He is also very proud of coaching and managing in Little League Baseball and in Houston Youth Soccer Association from 1980 to 1992.

In 1988, his son's baseball team won the Major League Championship, and he managed and coached the All-Star team which placed second in the area play-offs that year. In 1989, he helped coach his son Taylor's soccer team to the Houston City Championship for 13-year-old boys. He was President of the Bellaire High School Baseball Booster Club in 1994, when his son's team won the coveted State 5A Baseball Championship where Taylor received All-State honors. In 1994, Taylor received a baseball scholarship to The University of Texas at Austin. In 2000, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Business and English with honors. Taylor was inducted into the Bellaire Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2000. In July 2001, he graduated from the London School of Economics where he earned a Graduate Degree in Business. In 2004, Taylor received an MS in Finance from the University of Houston. In 2006, he received his M.B.A. from Rice University and worked on Wall Street  as an Investment Banker with the Bank of Montreal. He now resides in Houston and runs his own advisory and private equity firm Apollo Global Advisors LLC.

In 1990, his daughter Courtney's softball team won the 12-year-old Girls Major League Championship. Dr. Holladay managed and coached the All-Star team, which went on to win the District 16 Championship. In 1996, his daughter graduated from Bellaire High School as a four year letter athlete and captain of the Varsity soccer team that won the District 5A Championship for four years. She was also elected treasurer of the Bellaire High School Booster Club. Courtney graduated from Texas A & M University in May 2000 with honors. She received her Master's Degree in I/O Psychology in May 2002 and her Ph. D. in May 2004 from Rice University. Courtney married Mark Strong in 2005 and they are now working in Houston.

Dr. Holladay strives for excellence in everything he does, but realizes that his greatest sources of happiness are his wife, Sharon, son, Taylor, and daughter, Courtney.