Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center recently traveled to Italy and Sicily.  While there he observed/performed cataract surgery and a unique and complex glaucoma surgery with a novel lens fixation for a dislocated lens with tissue glue.

Dr. Spadafora was in Florence Italy to see his son receive a Master’s Degree in Italian and Art and then on to Sicily where he visited his cousin, Dr. Pietro Biondi, as well as Dr. Antonio Rapisardo both Ophthalmic surgeons of great distinction in their surgical abilities and Dr. Rita Ghirlanda, all at Centro Clinico G. B. Morgagni in Cantania.  Dr. Rapisardo is head of Ophthalmology at the clinic and at one time was SOI/Society Ophthalmology Italia.

The Morgagni Clinic, a clinic in general medicine, is named after the great G. B. Morgagni (1682-1771).  Morgagni was an Italian anatomist and pathologist who revolutionized medicine.  Thanks to his objectivity, Morgagni persuaded the world of what we now take for granted: the signs and symptoms of diseases depend on where the anatomy is abnormal.  In addition, Morgagni was the father of cataract research.  The Morgagnian cataract is one of four described cataracts….the Morgagnian, the Nuclear, the Overripe and the Polar cataract.  The Morgagnian cataract is a mature cataract in which the cortex has liquefied and the nucleus moves freely within the lens.

Dr. Spadafora was asked what he experienced as a difference between the practices there and here in the United States.  He stated “In Italy/Sicily the ophthalmology equivalent of the FDA is comprised of working clinical ophthalmologists and a government administrator; in cardiology, the equivalent of the FDA is a working clinical cardiologist and a government administrator.  Each specialty has its own “FDA,” resulting in faster approval of new technologies and treatments.”

He also stated “this was an opportunity to evaluate medicine internationally.  Having family across the globe… we were able to honestly share technology and limitations based on facts and experiences…not political or insurance based decisions.  Many times it is frustrating for our patients and physicians alike when politics and insurance hinders our ability to protect our patients.  Many times it comes down to “paper care” being more important than “patient care.”



Dr. Joseph Spadafora did his undergraduate studies at Boston University, followed by graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, MO.

He completed his internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and his Ophthalmology Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK.  He was Fellowship Trained in Anterior Segment Surgery in Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Spadafora is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is Board Certified and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Charlotte County Medical Society and Florida Medical Society.  He is affiliated with all area hospitals and served on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida

Dr. Spadafora has performed National Research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma medications, ocular antibiotic agents, and laser cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center.

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