Dr. David W Shoemaker, MD

Dr. David W Shoemaker, MD


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    A Florida native, Dr. Shoemaker gained early admission to medical school and received combined B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Florida. Accepted without the usual requirement of an internship, he then completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. In 1983, Dr. Shoemaker founded Center For Sight, which is now acclaimed as one of the country’s finest eye care facilities. Dr. Shoemaker is a “super specialist,” a doctor who devotes his entire practice to one discipline, in this case, cataract and lens replacement surgery. Dr. Shoemaker is singularly focused on delivering unsurpassed results and consequent to that commitment, he has performed over 100,000 cataract procedures, resulting in Center For Sight being ranked #1 in the U.S. for advanced lens surgery. Dr. Shoemaker is board-certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgery and is consistently honored as one of America’s “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical. He has been named a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report and is included on the Premier Surgeon 300, a list of the most influential eye surgeons in the United States. He was recently honored with the “Compassionate Doctor Award” due to the patient reviews he received on Vitals.com. Locally, Dr. Shoemaker was voted “Best Ophthalmologist” and received the “Greater Good” Award for his leadership of Mission Cataract. In 2012, Dr. Shoemaker established the Center For Sight Foundation in order to continue his 25-year commitment of providing sight-saving surgeries to people with no means to pay. The Center For Sight Foundation provides over 100 free sight-saving cataract surgeries each year. Dr. Shoemaker is married with two grown children and a new addition, also named David. He and his wife, Yara, make their home in Sarasota close to the water, where he enjoys his favorite pastimes of sculling, cycling and flats fishing.

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    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise

    Ophthalmologist (Eye Doctor)

    Education & Training

    Ochsner Clinic - New Orleans (Residency)

    Doctorate - University of Florida

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Ophthalmology since 1983

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    Top Insurances

    • Aetna

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

    • Bravo Health

    • Cigna

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    Center For Sight - Sarasota

    2601 S. Tamiami Trail

    Sarasota, FL 34239

    (941) 277-9045

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    Center For Sight - Venice

    1360 East Venice Avenue

    Venice, FL 34285

    (941) 499-3523

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    Ratings & Reviews

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    Overall rating

    Based on 2 reviews

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    Office Experience

    100% of patients found the doctor and staff friendly and the office clean and modern

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    100% of patients felt that their time spent with the doctor was meaningful and impactful and that any follow ups were addressed quickly

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    Wait Times

    80% of patients were satisfied with the wait time

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    Appointment Booking

    100% of patients found it easy to book an appointment

    Patients give Dr. David Shoemaker an Excellent overall experience rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shoemaker has been rated and reviewed by 2 patients. These ratings are based on a variety of factors, including the amount of time patients spent with Dr. Shoemaker, his bedside manner, appointment waiting time, friendliness of the office staff, clarity of diagnosis, and more.

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    Top Doctor

    Castle Connolly

    Compassionate Doctor Award


    Best Ophthalmologist

    Sarasota Herald Tribune

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Dr. David Shoemaker accepting new patients?

    Yes, Dr. David Shoemaker is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does Dr. David Shoemaker offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Shoemaker's office at (941) 277-9045 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does Dr. David Shoemaker offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Shoemaker's office at (941) 277-9045 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does Dr. David Shoemaker speak?

    Dr. David Shoemaker speaks English.

    Which board certifications does Dr. David Shoemaker have?

    Dr. David Shoemaker is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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