Dr. Brian Groat, MD

Dr. Brian Groat, MD

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Ophthalmology  |  
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42 y/o
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Brian J. Groat, MD is a board certified cataract, cornea and glaucoma surgeon. His unique and extensive training has enabled him to provide the highest quality eye surgery and care. After graduating with Honors from the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Groat served two years as an Acquisition Officer for the Air Force. He was then selected in a highly competitive program to be sponsored for his medical training. Dr. Groat received his medical doctorate (MD) from Tulane University School of Medicine. He continued his internship training in New Orleans working in the famed Charity Hospital System. The Air Force then called him back to active duty and he served as the lead Flight Surgeon for the 66 RQS, combat search and rescue squadron, based out of Las Vegas, NV. During that time, he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq on three occasions and earned an Air Medal and Achievement Medal for combat rescue flights. Dr. Groat followed this assignment by completing his ophthalmology residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina, Storm Eye Insititute. While there, his research was published in nationally peer-reviewed journals, and he was selected to make presentations at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meetings. Following residency, Dr. Groat reentered the Air Force and became the Chief of Ophthalmology at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. In this position he provided advanced ophthalmic care to Active Duty pilots, retirees, dependents and was concurrently the only eye surgeon in Southern Nevada to care for Veterans Administration patients requiring complex glaucoma and cornea transplant surgeries. Over a four-year period, Dr. Groat performed thousands of intraocular and laser surgeries including presbyopia and astigmatism correcting lifestyle lens surgery. Dr. Groat’s experience and expertise was highlighted when he was asked to be the head of ocular trauma at Bagram AB, Afghanistan in 2011. There, he performed brain, orbital, ocular, and facial surgeries on injured American and Coalition soldiers and humanitarian surgeries on local Afghan nationals. Additionally, he was asked by the Wing Commander to care for a previously undiagnosed corneal disorder in a provincial Governor and perform cataract surgery on a high-ranking Afghan National Army General. For his accomplishments, Dr. Groat was awarded a NATO medal. While he has received numerous accolades, Dr. Groat’s major focus is providing personalized, exceptional patient care. He enjoys building relationships and derives personal and professional satisfaction from helping patients while achieving outstanding clinical results. Dr. Groat is very pleased to be a part of the Wilmington community as a health care provider. While not at work, he loves spending time with his wonderful family; wife Kate, and daughter Emma. You may also find him biking around Wilmington or playing golf.

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1915 S 17th St Ste 101

Wilmington, NC 28401
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CHAMPVA
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MedCost
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

My goal is to provide the best eye care possible using the latest technology and surgical techniques.
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Experience for Dr. Groat

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Top Care Areas for Dr. Groat by Patient Volume

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Cataract Removal Surgery

Dr. Groat performed this procedure on more patients than 88% of his peers nationwide.

high

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Chalazion

Dr. Groat's volume for this condition ranks within the 80th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.

normal

3

Senile Cataracts

Dr. Groat's volume for this condition ranks within the 77th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.

normal

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
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Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Watering Eyes

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Cyclodialysis
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Patch
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Vision Screening
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • United States Air Force Academy
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Tulane Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Musc Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Groat has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Groat's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Groat to family and friends
4.9
based on 94 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Groat's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
Wilmington, NC |
I have a bad cornea problem and Dr. Groat did a transplant and now I can see again!
Charlotte, NC |
He actually listens to me when I come to see him. And he cares about how I'm doing
in Leland, NC |
I have had a corneal disease for years and have been under Dr Groat's care for a couple of years. Recently needed penetrating keratoplasty and Dr groat did the surgery. Very pleased.
in Bolivia,N.C |
Outstanding MD
Wilmington, NC |
My first appointment was somewhat of an emergency and was grateful the staff got me in, my total time in the office was 1 hour 45 minutes, which I expected since they squeezed me in. My follow up appointment, however, was a scheduled appointment. I was shuffled from one room to another and after 90 minutes was still not seen by the doctor. One of the staff members said this was standard practice, 1-1/2 to 2 hours, for an appointment. I won't be returning, my time is valuable also.
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Dr. Groat accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Federal Employee Program
  • CHAMPVA
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MedCost
  • Tricare
    Prime
    Standard
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

Hospitals where Dr. Groat has admitting privileges

New Hanover Regional Medical Center
2131 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC 28401
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Pender Memorial Hospital
507 E Fremont St
Burgaw, NC 28425
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