Dr. Thomas Newsom, MD

Dr. Thomas Newsom, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 47
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Thomas Newsom, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Tampa, FL. He is 47 years old and has been practicing for 21 years. Read his story

13904 N Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 200

Tampa, FL 33618

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Florida Hospital Healthcare System
  • Golden Rule
  • 6 More

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Cornea Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eye Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Newsom's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Newsom "Dr. Newsom is the founder and Medical Director of our ophthalmology practice. He specializes in Cataract and LASIK surgery, and Glaucoma. Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Newsom brings a wealth of experience, awards, and research to the practice. EDUCATION Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, ranked top three in the nation Medical and Surgical Internship, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Doctor of Medicine with Honors, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS Inventor of the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique adapting the IntraLase Femtosecond Laser for use in cataract surgery First surgeon in the world to implant Aphakic Artisan™ intraocular lens in a patient with megalocornea First surgeon in the United States to implant FDA approved bilateral Aphakic Artisan™ intraocular lenses University of Iowa Lifetime Visiting Professor, where Dr. Newsom trains the next generation of cataract and LASIK surgeons One of only two surgeons nationally recognized for "Surgical Excellence" in cataract and implant surgery awarded by the American College of Eye Surgeons One of the first surgeons in the United States to surgically implant both the Visian™ and Verisyse ™ phakic intraocular lenses Member of Alumni Ambassador Network, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FDA Clinical Study for Segmented Bifocal Intraocular Lens, Lenstec, Inc FDA Clinical Study for the Light Adjustable Lens, Calhoun Vision FDA Clinical Study for Lenstec Softec HD™ Dr. Newsom's personal research was instrumental in Lenstec Softec HD™, becoming available for all surgeons in the US FDA Clinical Study for EYEFILL Viscoelastic, Croma Pharmaceuticals, Inc FDA Clinical Study for VISCO SHIELD Viscoelastic, OASIS Medical Serves on Editorial Board for American Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Serves on the Medical Advisory Board of MACS (Most Accurate Cataract Surgery) One of the youngest surgeons in the United States to develop three Ambulatory Surgical Centers capable of performing FDA research in eye surgery Received the Albert G. King award for Outstanding Research PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS American Academy of Ophthalmology American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery American College of Eye Surgeons American Medical Association "


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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Esotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Nearsightedness
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pars Planitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Iridectomy
  • Iridotomy
  • Keratomileusis
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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.


  • University Of Florida
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • University Of Florida
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University of Iowa College of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Newsom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Newsom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Newsom to family and friends
based on 27 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Newsom's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in Land O Lakes, FL |
had cataract surgery in Oct 2016, scheduled for followup visit Jan 2017 and was called by personnel to tell me that they NO LONGER accept my insurance 2 days before my appointment , that I now have to pay out of pocket for this office visit..and I am having an issue with my cataract replacement lens and need surgery to fix it but they suggest I contact another doctor that does take my insurance. Lousy way to do business, they should have informed me they dropped my insurance plan
in New Port Richey, FL |
Dr. Newsom wanted to do surgery on baby cataracts. I went to another doctor who said he would never do surgery so soon. I never went to the pre-op surgery appointment but they called me the day before the surgery was scheduled to remind me. They are money hungry lunatics.
Clearwater, FL |
Poor bedside manner, arrogant, unethical.
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Dr. Newsom accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Florida Hospital Healthcare System
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Newsom has admitting privileges

Florida Hospital Carrollwood
7171 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33614
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