C. DURHAM BARNES, M.D.
* Retiring May 2017
A board-certified ophthalmologist since 1976, Dr. Barnes was the first retina specialist in Orlando and is the founder of Central Florida Retina. He received his M.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA followed by an ophthalmology residency at University of Virginia. He then completed a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where he was also a clinical instructor of ophthalmology. Dr. Barnes’ long-standing record of excellence extends beyond the field of medicine and includes serving as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force.
JOHN C. OLSON, M.D.
A native of Chicago, IL, Dr. Olson received his M.D. from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and was a retinal fellow at the Bascom Palmer Institute. He has extensive clinical and surgical experience, and has been a principal investigator in many national clinical research trials. Dr. Olson was also part of a medical mission to Peru on Project Orbis, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine, University of Central Florida.
SUZANNE M. DEMMING, M.D.
Dr. Demming has over two decades of experience as a retinal surgeon. She completed her M.D. at the University of Miami and her internal medicine internship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Following these, she went on to finish a retina and vitreous fellowship at Ochsner Medical Clinic in New Orleans, LA. She has been board-certified as retinal surgeon by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1991. In addition to being a surgeon at CFR, she remains active in various medical centers in Florida. During her free time, she enjoys cooking.
KARL E. WAITE, M.D.
Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Dr. Waite graduated magna cum laude and completed his M.D. at the University of South Florida. His surgical training began at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and continued at Nassau University, where he completed his ophthalmology residency and served as Chief Resident. After that, Dr. Waite became a vitreoretinal fellow and retinal surgeon at the Retina Institute of Hawaii. He has also been an investigator for various research studies. When he is not restoring vision to his patients, Dr. Waite likes to enjoy the water and the outdoors with his family.
GOKUL N. KUMAR, M.D.
Dr. Kumar received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his M.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at Washington University in St. Louis, where he spent an additional year as Chief Resident and clinical instructor to residents. He completed his surgical retina fellowship at Emory University, whose fellowships have ranked as one of the best for over three decades. Dr. Kumar is the recipient of several medical honors, including being chosen as the best clinical and surgical ophthalmology resident by faculty at Washington University.