David P. Simon, MD, FACS
Dr. Dave Simon is a fellowship-trained board-certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience specializing in advanced cataract and refractive surgery. He has personally performed over 20,000 ophthalmic surgical procedures, including LASIK, PRK, blepharoplasty, cornea transplant and cataract/lens implantation surgery.
Dr. Simon grew up on the west coast of Florida. He began his medical career at the University of Miami, where he was accepted into the prestigious Medical Scholars Honors Program, a combined undergraduate-medical school accelerated program. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami School of Music in 1992. He subsequently attended the University of Miami School of Medicine on an Army scholarship, receiving his medical degree in 1996. The following year, Dr. Simon completed his internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. In the year 2000, he completed his ophthalmology residency training at the renowned Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
During his surgical training, Dr. Simon had the distinction of being the first resident at Walter Reed to perform laser vision correction surgery. His first assignment after residency was to help open and run one of the Army’s first LASIK centers at Fort Campbell (near Nashville), providing comprehensive ophthalmology and performing laser vision correction for the soldiers and aircrew of the 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. Dr. Simon then transferred to Tampa Florida and became the sole ophthalmologist for the US Central Command and the US Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, with his surgical concentration on oculoplastics, cataract and refractive laser vision correction surgery.
After a decade of providing medical and surgical eye care to our elite military members and retirees, he embarked on sub-specialty training at the University of South Florida in 2011. During his cornea and refractive surgery fellowship, Dr. Simon mastered the latest cornea transplantation and LASIK surgery techniques. In 2012, Dr. Simon was assigned as the lead cataract and LASIK surgeon at the flagship hospital of the Air Force at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Serving as a regional LASIK hub for the military, the Laser Refractive Surgery Center at Travis Air Force Base afforded Dr. Simon the opportunity to enhance the vision of thousands of military members per year, to include numerous pilots, aircrew, commanders, and fellow physicians.
During his military career, Dr. Simon served in numerous lead positions including Chief of the Medical Staff, Chief of Surgery, and Chief of Ophthalmology. He also served as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at both the University of South Florida and the University of California at Davis, promoting the education of future eye surgeons. Dr. Simon is thrilled to be able to bring to the Napa Valley his experience and his commitment to the highest quality medical and surgical eye care.
Dr. Simon is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society.