Dr. Jaime Jiménez: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

Congratulations to Dr. Jaime Jiménez on his 25 years of dedicated service to the patients of Southern Eye Center!

Dr. Jiménez was the first full-time vitreoretinal specialist in Southern Mississippi and has been caring for patients at Southern Eye Center since 1992. As a fellowship trained physician, he has provided over 50,000 procedures and was named a “Mississippi Healthcare Hero” in 2011.

Acknowledged by his patients and colleagues as a dedicated leader in his profession, Dr. Jiménez makes patients feel at ease during procedures. He has a high level of patient care and satisfaction, and his involvement doesn’t stop at the clinic doors. Outside of work, Dr. Jiménez is deeply connected to his community and is passionate about the arts.

We honor and congratulate Dr. Jiménez for achieving this 25-year milestone and we look forward to many more years to come!

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The Fellowship Difference: Featuring Dr. Jaime Jiménez

The Fellowship Difference

At Southern Eye Center our doctors are all fellowship-trained. Fellowship-trained doctors receive specialized education and surgical experience. For us “fellowship-trained” means passionate doctors who connect with patients on a personal level.

Dr. Jiménez is a vitreoretinal specialist, but he is also a father, grandfather, and musician.

Stories are part of fellowship. Get to know our fellowship-trained doctors.

Cornerstone Event in Laurel Celebrates Southern Eye Center’s Third Location Opening in Early 2017

The cornerstone was officially set on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Southern Eye Center’s newest location in Laurel, Mississippi. Construction is underway and the practice’s third location is scheduled to open summer next year. The new office will be Southern Eye Center’s second satellite location. The flagship office is located in Hattiesburg with another satellite location in Picayune.

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Southern Eye Center Celebrates 13th Annual Make a Difference Day by Giving Free Cataract Procedures to Qualifying Patients

For more than 30 years, the surgeons of Southern Eye Center have focused on one goal – to help as many people as they can enjoy life with better vision.

It is this mission that guided Dr. Lynn McMahan, founder of Southern Eye Center, to introduce a program that helps those who meet the visual and financial requirements have cataract surgery at no cost.

The program coincides with national Make a Difference Day on October 21, one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make a Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others.

Once again, Southern Eye Center is partnering with optometrists from across the Pine Belt to improve the lives of many cataract patients who would not be able to afford the procedure otherwise.

Optometrists have been asked to refer qualifying patients, who are struggling with the onset of cataracts. These patients will benefit from free cataract procedures, performed by a Southern Eye Center surgeon on Make a Difference Day.

“The community is our mission field,” said Dr. Kiper Nelson, chief cataract surgeon at Southern Eye Center. “Participating in Make a Difference Day is a blessing to each of us. Being a part of the life-changing procedures for these deserving patients is truly an honor.”

Dr. Jiménez sponsors piano virtuoso at Festival South

Latin Grammy-nominee Adonis Gonzalez’ playing has been described as “elegant and of highest virtuosity.” Come hear him perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the FestivalSouth Orchestral Academy Orchestra.

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Kiper Nelson, MD, Makes Generous Donation for Professorship Endowment at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

$1 Million Gift from an Alumnus Endows Professorship, Boosts Campaign Past $232 Million Mark

A gift of $1 million from an alumnus of the residency program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has funded a new endowed professorship in pediatric ophthalmology as part of the comprehensive campaign to support the Medical Center.

Kiper Nelson, M.D., who completed his residency training in ophthalmology at Wake Forest Baptist in 2000, and his wife, Laura Lee Nelson, made the gift to endow the Laura Lee and Kiper C. Nelson, M.D., Professorship in Pediatric Ophthalmology.

Grey Weaver Jr., M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wake Forest Baptist Eye Center, was honored as the first recipient of the Nelson Professorship.

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Site for sore eyes

Southern Eye Center coming to Laurel

By Mark Thornton

People who travel down West 10th Street in Laurel this month will see dirt work and construction beginning on a big project. In January, passersby will see a sprawling new building there. And after that, people who walk out of that building will be seeing everything clearer.

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Southern Eye Center’s Founding Father Leaves a Legacy for Colleagues and Patients Alike

Southern Eye Center enjoys a rich heritage in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and the surrounding communities it serves. For decades, the surgeons and doctors at Southern Eye Center have earned and kept the trust of countless area residents. The practice has invested in its community – serving and assisting countless individuals and organizations over the years.

A great deal of Southern Eye Center’s success is due to the efforts of its founder Lynn McMahan, MD. Dr. McMahan’s recent retirement after more than 30 years in practice offers an opportunity to look a little more closely at his outstanding career and accomplishments in the field of ophthalmology.

During the course of his career, Dr. McMahan has lectured on four continents and published more than 60 national articles in his field. He has received recognition for his work from the National Council of the American Board of Ophthalmology among others. But he is most proud of his work with Gift of Sight, an organization he founded that is dedicated to providing eye care procedures to underprivileged individuals for which he was awarded the Mississippi Governor’s Give Award and a citation from the Mississippi House of Representatives.

“I’ve tried to think of my life in another profession or job,” said Dr. McMahan, at his career celebration last month. “I really can’t imagine anything that could have given me the happiness and feeling of satisfaction that I have enjoyed as a cataract surgeon. How many jobs are there that allow you to literally change people’s lives in mere minutes with little or no discomfort? How many other jobs daily get hugs and grateful thanks not just once but several times each day? I couldn’t even come up with one.”

Dr. McMahan leaves a rich heritage of excellence, service and compassionate care that have become the hallmark of Southern Eye Center. “My career has been both exciting and rewarding,” he said. “I was privileged to be part of a team that achieved successes that we can all be proud of.”

The team at Southern Eye Center wishes Dr. McMahan all the best!

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