No stranger to the Tyler area, Dr. Wick was born and raised in Tyler and graduated from Robert E. Lee in 1986. He is the son of a Tyler physician, Dr. Paul Wick, and civic leader, D'anna Wick. Jeff is a 1989 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1993, he graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he was inducted in the Honor Society for Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his Medicine Internship at PSL Hospital in Denver, and then completed his ophthalmology Residency at The University of Colorado Medical School in Denver.
His love of mountains and the outdoors took him to Laramie, Wyoming for two years of private practice. In 1999, a grant by the National Institutes of Health took him to the University of Utah to do a fellowship in medical informatics and research on glaucoma imaging and outcomes. He next joined the teaching faculty of the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was an instructor of ophthalmology and optometry residents and students. His principle responsibility for these two years was the design and implementation of a surgical curriculum for teaching cataract and glaucoma surgery to new residents.
Dr. Wick met his future wife, Melanie Power, at Southwestern, and they married in 1993 prior to leaving for Colorado. Although they had never met prior to medical school, ironically, Melanie also grew up in Tyler and graduated from T.K. Gorman. She will practice Pediatrics part-time with the Trinity Clinic.
Dr. Wick enjoys working with computers and writing software, and particularly likes implementing new technology into the practice of medicine. Other hobbies include hiking, fishing, and raising marine fish and invertebrates. His greatest joy—and greatest time commitment—is raising his young twin sons, Benjamin and Alexander. We are excited that Jeff has chosen to join our flagship institution, EyeCare Associates of East Texas, and look forward to his welcome home.