Mark I. Freedman, MD, graduated as Valedictorian of his class at the University of Wisconsin—Madison before proceeding to medical school at Stanford University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee and held a residency and associateship at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
Since joining Eye Care Specialists in 1988, Dr. Freedman has performed nearly every ophthalmic procedure, including cataract, retinal, strabismus (crossed eyes), ophthalmic plastic, and laser vision correction (LASIK & PRK) surgery. He is a leader in laser and medication injection therapy for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Dr. Freedman frequently lectures to fellow physicians and has been a Milwaukee Magazine “Top Doctor.” He is often quoted as an expert source in local publications. Dr. Freedman spends what free time he does have sharing in the achievements and activities of his three daughters and enjoying traveling, tennis, skiing and scuba diving with his wife.
Brett W. Rhode, MD, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, interned at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison, and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. During his studies, he conducted DNA research and a study on low vision reading devices.
Dr. Rhode joined Eye Care Specialists in 1996 to handle all ophthalmic conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, crossed & lazy eyes, and ocular infections. Dr. Rhode has a special aptitude and interest in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, including the use of laser therapy and eye injections to stabilize (and sometimes even improve) vision. Dr. Rhode’s reputation as a highly skilled surgeon with a relaxed and friendly manner makes him a popular speaker for public and professional groups and earned him a “Top Doctor” listing with M Magazine. In addition to working at Eye Care Specialists, Dr. Rhode is the Head of Ophthalmology for Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Whenever his busy schedule and the weather allow, he enjoys biking, canoeing, fishing and being outdoors with his wife, two children, and their dogs.
Daniel K. Ferguson, MD, spent several years putting his University of Wisconsin—Madison Engineering degree to use on everything from FDA environmental reports to steel mill technology before having a new vision for his future.
He returned to UW-Madison and applied the same determination to becoming an ophthalmologist. Upon completion of a residency at the highly prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Dr. Ferguson joined Eye Care Specialists in 2005. He stays abreast of the latest techniques and has specialized training in minimally invasive medical and surgical procedures for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and corneal disease, including no-shot, no-stitch cataract surgery and intraocular injections for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Outside of the office and operating room, Dr. Ferguson, a Milwaukee native, enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, friends and extended family. His interests include golf, bicycling, hiking, fishing and reading. Outside of the office and operating room, Dr. Ferguson enjoys spending free time with his wife, daughter, son, and their friends and family. His other interests include bicycling, camping, fishing (in Canada, when possible), golf, watching movies, reading and grilling.
Daniel M. Paskowitz, MD, PhD, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University before obtaining his MD and PhD at the University of California, San Francisco. He pursued his residency training at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, remaining at Wilmer for a Heed Fellowship specializing in corneal surgery.
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Paskowitz has conducted award-winning research on diseases of the cornea and retina, including the use of gene therapy and new medications. Dr. Paskowitz joined Eye Care Specialists in 2012 to care for patients with all eye conditions, including cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and neuro-ophthalmic disorders. He has a special interest in complex cataract cases, laser vision correction, and advanced techniques for corneal transplantation. He has presented scientific work at national conferences and published research in top journals, focusing on retinal degeneration. He believes in mastering a wide variety of surgical techniques that can be tailored to the individual needs of patients. When he is not in the office or operating room, Dr. Paskowitz enjoys spending time with his wife and little daughter, cooking, hiking, reading history, traveling, and learning foreign languages.
Michael W. Raciti, MD, graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, with a double major in biology and biochemistry. He earned his medical degree with Honors in Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he pursued an interest in the mechanisms of debilitating eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Raciti completed his ophthalmology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where he was Chief Resident.
He then joined Eye Care Specialists in 2013 to provide comprehensive services for all ages and conditions, including amblyopia (lazy eye), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Raciti has an interest and expertise in lens implantation for special case situations (including post-LASIK cataract surgery) and the treatment of eyelid inflammation and infections. Dedicated to delivering the best possible care, Dr. Raciti regularly attends and presents at local and national professional meetings to stay up-to-date on the latest medical and surgical standards. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Raciti enjoys woodworking, water skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, camping, and spending time with his wife and family.
David A. Scheidt, OD, is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and conducted clinical internships at the Illinois Visually Handicapped Institute and West Side V.A. Hospital in Chicago.
He joined Eye Care Specialists in 1992 to practice medical optometry as well as manage pre- and post-surgical care of cataract, glaucoma and laser vision correction patients. Dr. Scheidt was a founding member of the Wisconsin Diabetes Advisory Group and co-author of its diabetic eye care guidelines for physicians. Dr. Scheidt is well respected among his peers for his service as a past president of the Milwaukee Optometric Society and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Optometric Association. Each year, he researches, prepares and conducts presentations for bi-annual continuing medical education conferences offered by Eye Care Specialists for 100+ area optometrists. In addition to enjoying time with his wife and three children, Dr. Scheidt takes pleasure in fishing, gardening, cooking and scuba diving.
Norman E. Cohen, MD, and Robert A. Sucher, MD, joined their skills and expertise to establish Eye Care Specialists in 1985. They were the first surgeons in Wisconsin to perform phacoemulsification (ultrasonic) removal of cataracts and to use foldable silicone implants for cataract surgery through a tiny incision. They were also among a very limited number of ophthalmologists certified by the prestigious American Board of Eye Surgeons. In addition to cataract surgery, they grew their practice to include a specialization in the medical, surgical and laser treatment of diabetes and glaucoma as well as to provide comprehensive services for most all other ophthalmic conditions, infections and diseases. They developed one of the largest privately run free continuing medical education programs in the country for fellow eye, health and senior care providers. And, they became one of the only ophthalmology groups in the country to write and publish their own series of in-depth, color, large-print educational booklets on common eye conditions.
Now that they are no longer busy in the office and operating room, Drs. Cohen and Sucher have been able to focus even more of their energy toward spending time and traveling with their wives and being closely involved in the daily activities of their children and cherished grandchildren. Not ones to rest, they can also be found honing their athletic skills bicycling, hiking, golfing and playing tennis.
What started as a two-man practice has grown to a team of six doctors, 50+ front desk, technician and professional staff members, three locations, and a database of more than 130,000 patients. Eye Care Specialists is proud to carry on our founders’ legacy of working to ensure that all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to see life to the fullest—now . . . and in the future.