Our doctors at Piedmont Eye Center care about you and the health of your unique eyes. You can feel confident and cared for when you walk into our office. Take a moment to meet our doctors and review their experience and expertise.
As founder emeritus of Piedmont Eye Center, Remo Lotano, MD has provided medical eye care to Central Virginia for over 30 years and retired in June 2007. His extensive credentials include degrees from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Albany College of Pharmacy, as well as a rotating internship completed at Albany Medical College. Dr. Lotano completed residency training in ophthalmology at McGuires Veterans Hospital at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. His vision for Piedmont Eye Center is still at the heart of our practice to this day.
Robert Vogel, MD, JD joined Piedmont Eye Center in 1994 as Lynchburg’s first full-time retina specialist. He completed his residency at the University of Virginia and received specialty training in the area of retinal and vitreous surgery at the University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Vogel’s expertise includes treating patients with diabetes, macular degeneration, “floaters,” retinal detachments, and other retinal problems using some of the area’s most advanced technology available. Read bio
Darin Bowers, MD received his medical training through Marshall University followed by a full Internal Medicine residency through West Virginia University. He then completed his Ophthalmology training at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Bowers received dual board certification in both Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology and now specializes in advanced laser cataract and Lasik eye surgery. He’s been involved with ophthalmic medical missions to Honduras since 2005 and helped establish the faith-based non-profit organization known as Health In Sight Mission of Roatan. Dr. Bowers is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. He serves as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology for the Liberty University College of Medicine and is currently on the editing subcommittee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic & Clinical Science Course publication. Read bio
Gail Ganser, MD is Lynchburg’s only pediatric ophthalmologist. She completed her extensive training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and received further specialty training in pediatric ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition to pediatric and general ophthalmology, she also provides Botox® cosmetic treatment to patients. Dr. Ganser is board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. Read bio
Elizenda Ceballos, MD specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. After completing her ophthalmology training at Emory University in Atlanta, she received subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. As an American Board of Ophthalmology-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Ceballos has published numerous scientific articles and has given presentations at regional and national meetings. In addition to the medical, laser, and surgical treatment of glaucoma, Dr. Ceballos also performs advanced cataract surgery using the latest techniques. Dr. Ceballos is bilingual in English and Spanish. Read bio
Saxton Moss, MD specializes in advanced laser cataract surgery using the latest techniques available. He also provides medical and surgical management for a variety of eye diseases and performs routine eye exams. Dr. Moss received his medical education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and went on to fulfill an internship at Carilion Health System in Roanoke. Dr. Moss completed his ophthalmology training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA., and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the twin brother of Gene T. Moss Jr., MD. Read bio
Gene T. Moss Jr., MD specializes in treating diseases of the cornea and also performs cataract surgery using the most advanced methods available. Dr. Moss received his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and served a general surgery internship and ophthalmology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Gene then completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the Brandon Eye Clinic and St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Moss is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the twin brother of Saxton T. Moss, MD. Read bio
Golnaz Javey, MD received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as the Chief Resident during her last year of residency. She then continued with fellowship training in Vitreo-Retinal diseases at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Javey has presented in local and national meetings and has published in national scientific journals.
Dr. Javey is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Virginia Society of Ophthalmology, and Lynchburg Academy of Medicine. Dr. Javey’s areas of expertise include diabetes, macular degeneration, “floaters”, retinal detachment and retinal vascular disease. Dr. Javey performs advanced Vitreo-Retinal surgery using the latest techniques available. Read bio
James Paauw, MD (pronounced “Pow”) specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI with distinction in research. He then completed a general surgery internship and ophthalmology residency through Texas A&M in Temple, TX. During this time, he served as co-editor of Career Physician Briefings in Ophthalmology and in his final year of residency he acted as chief resident for the program.
Dr. Paauw completed a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He has a great deal of research experience and is a prolific writer and presenter on eye care topics. Among his charitable activities, Dr. Paauw has participated in multiple ophthalmology mission trips to Mexico, Kenya and Haiti. Dr. Paauw is board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. Read bio
David Klink, DO attended Medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He completed fellowships in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Ophthalmology for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Ophthalmology Residency Program. In 2015, he retired after 28 years of active service in the United States Navy and joined the faculty at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he is currently the Program Director for Global Medicine and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.
In 2014 he was presented the Master Clinician Award by the Medical Staff of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is a Fellow of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Association and a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr. Klink is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Read Bio
Maria Kirzhner, MD specializes in Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She has a prestigious background of medical training which includes New York University School of Medicine followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan. She then completed her first year of fellowship training in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In her second year, she trained at Vanderbilt University. Additionally, she received training in the field of Ocular Pathology at Harvard University School of Medicine.
Maria is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has been practicing in Charlottesville, VA for the past 10 years.
She will treat both children and adults with eyelid problems cosmetic and functional, including malpositions and cancer reconstruction; patients with orbital neoplasms (malignant and benign); patients with tear duct abnormalities and patients with thyroid eye disease.