Mark Balles, MD
Dr. Balles completed fellowship training in retina surgery at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and is a graduate of Amherst College and the College of Medicine at the State University of New York in Syracuse.
Following surgical fellowship training in Boston, Dr Balles became the Director of the Retina Service at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he took care of patients with serious retinal diseases from across a five state area in the Midwest. He also was involved in several cutting edge clinical research projects including complex retinal detachments, intra-ocular pharmacotherapy, and served as a National Eye Institute co-Principal Investigator in several multi-center trials investigating treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy and severe intra-ocular infection (endophthalmitis).
He has brought the most recent innovations in retinal care to our area, including small incision vitreo-retinal surgery and advances in pharmacotherapy for macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Clinical experience from our practice has been presented at the New England Ophthalmologic Society and at the annual meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr Balles established the advanced vitreo-retinal surgery programs at Maine Medical Center, Eyecare Medical Group, and Mercy Hospital. He has been involved in the training of medical students and dozens of nursing and surgical technician students.
Dr Balles is a fellow of the American Society of Retina Specialists and Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is proud of our reputation for excellent care demonstrated by the many doctors who send their retina patients to us, and the patients who come from all over Northern New England.