Dr. Brian Groat, MD

Dr. Brian Groat, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 43
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Dr. Brian Groat, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Wilmington, NC. He is 43 years old and has been practicing for 9 years.Read his story

1915 S 17th St Ste 101

Wilmington, NC 28401

Contact Information

(910) 251-8200

Insurance Accepted

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

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Pterygium
very high
more than 98% of peers
Senile Cataracts
very high
more than 98% of peers
Cataract Removal Surgery
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Groat's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Groat "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Groat "My goal is to provide the best eye care possible using the latest technology and surgical techniques."
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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)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • 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)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Watering Eyes

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • 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
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Vision Screening
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

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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
4.8
based on 97 total reviews (8 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (97)

  • 5
    (91)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (3)

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 (8)

in Southport, NC |
Dr Groat is a tremendously talented and skilllful cataract surgeon. He is extremely knowledgeable of the most current and state of the art technology and procedures. He devoted all the time needed to explain the procedure and answer all my questions. His entire office staff are first rate. My...more
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Cameron, NC |
I could not see well because of my cornea and Dr. Groat did a transplant surgery and now I can see!
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Wilmington, NC |
Very unprofessional atmosphere during my surgery. Rude and confrontational at my follow up appointment. Had to ask him several times to please complete my exam.
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Wilmington, NC |
I have a bad cornea problem and Dr. Groat did a transplant and now I can see again!
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Charlotte, NC |
He actually listens to me when I come to see him. And he cares about how I'm doing
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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

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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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