Dr. Barry Atlas has been practicing Ophthalmology since 1978, and has helped carry the Hampton Roads area into the age of progressive and innovative vision restoration. Dr. Atlas has been called one of the area's best and most well known eye surgeons, having introduced many of the surgical procedures now performed by other ophthalmologists. He brought vision correction surgery to Hampton Roads in 1984, performed the area's first combined cataract extraction, intraocular lens implant and cornea transplant procedure, introduced one-stitch cataract surgery which subsequently evolved into a painless no-stitch 10 minute procedure, performed the area's first lasik operation in front of most of the area's eye surgeons at the Laser Optic Center, and has remained at the leading edge of progressive contemporary vision saving and restoration techniques. He was the area's first to be honored with certification by the American Board of Eye surgery in cataract and lens implant microsurgery, and is one of the only eye surgeons in Virginia to have earned dual subspecialty certification in both cataract microsurgery and lasik vision correction surgery. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Lions Medical Eye Bank at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and was the driving force behind the creation of Tidewater Eye Centers, having served as its founding President. Dr. Atlas earned his undergraduate degree, graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois, followed by receiving his MD degree from the prestigious University of Chicago, one of the best known medical institutions in the world. After completing his Ophthalmology residency training at Northwestern University, he was selected to receive specialized fellowship training at the University of Connecticut, under the expertise of Dr. Daniel Taylor, where he received rigorous training in cataract, lens implant, corneal and vision correction surgery. As part of his unwavering commitment to the evolving field of Ophthalmology, Dr. Barry Atlas is dedicated to the continuing education of other eye care providers. He continues to share his expertise and valuable experience on the latest vision correction surgeries, small incision cataract microsurgical techniques, and innovative operating room methods through lecturing and in-office and in-OR training. He continues to give individualized attention to his patients, paying particular attention to the smallest and most important details, and standing by his patients through their pre-surgical evaluations, surgery and post-surgical care.
Dr. Atlas' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Atlas' Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Blocked Tear Duct
Contusion of the Eyeball
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Cataract Removal Surgery
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Virginia.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1977
Mt Zion Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
Northwestern University Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
University Conn Health Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Atlas has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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