Dr. Melvin I. Roat, MD

Dr. Melvin I. Roat, MD


Ophthalmology | Male | 60 years old

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Melvin I. Roat, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in Corneal Surgery and External Diseases....Read more

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Philadelphia, PA |
I was in his office for literally 2 hours and 45 minutes. When I asked one of the staff, she laughed and said, "Oh, it's always like this in here!" When Dr. Roat met with me, he was rushing the entire time and didn't take time to explain things thoroughly. They dilated my eyes, but never said that was going to happen. When I asked the nurse if I'd be able to drive home, she ALSO laughed at me and said yes. Guess what, I couldn't drive home & had to pull over because everything was blurry.
in Brookhaven, PA |
Dr. Roat treated me for allergies for over three months. When there was no improvement, I got a second opinion. I was diagnosed with lymphoma of the eye and eye orbit. They also insisted I pay a copy at every visit when my insurance company said it wasn't correct. My insurance company contacted them and they had to send me a check for all but the first visit. I would not recommend his practice!
in Phila, PA |
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in Wynnewood, PA |
I would recommend Dr. Roat to anyone, no matter what level of eye care they need. When you are with him you are his sole focus. He listens to your questions and answers them all with respect and expertise. He is an excellent communicator who loves his work. Every visit is a positive, reassuring learning experience. Any medical student or medical school would be fortunate to have him as a professor. I am fortunate to have him as my ophthamologist.
Philadelphia, PA |
Dr. Roat is a great doctor! He's listens and no question goes unanswered. He also takes the time to thoroughly explain what he's doing and why. I feel very fortunate to have him as my doctor.
in Media, PA |
Very personable, and communicates very effectively about what he is doing and why!
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Melvin I. Roat, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in Corneal Surgery and External Diseases. Dr. Roat is a member of the teaching staff of the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital and Jefferson Medical College, Department of Ophthalmology. He is actively involved in residency and fellowship training in the clinic and operating room. Dr. Roat has published widely in his subspecialty with more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Among his contributions are articles in the major peer reviewed journals and chapters in Duane's Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (translated into 14 languages, it is the most widely used medical text in the world) and the Merck Manual of Medical Information-Home Edition (the world's best-selling home medical reference). Dr. Roat was involved in clinical and laboratory research and has been awarded multiple grants by the National Institutes of Health / National Eye Institute. He has been asked to act as a reviewer by major ophthalmology journals. Dr. Roat has been invited to speak at many national and international ophthalmology meetings. In addition, he has given multiple instruction courses at many national ophthalmology meetings. In 1987 he was board certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCS C). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Board and committee assignments have included National Institutes of Health grant review panels, Medical Advisory Board of the Lupus Foundation of America, Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board of the Medical Eye Bank, among others. In 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015, Dr. Roat was named a "Top Doctor" in Main Line Today.

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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
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  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis


  • Medical School
    University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Mt Sinai Hosp/U Toronto

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    University Toronto

    Completed in 1985

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Eye&Ear Hosp/University Of Pittsburgh

    Completed in 1986

    The Eye&Ear Inst/Universtiy Of Pittsburgh

    Completed in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Toronto

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Ocular Immunology
  • Uveitis

Procedures Performed

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye