Sam C. Spalding, III, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville
Internship: University of Louisville
Ophthalmology Residency: Emory University
Retinal Fellowship: Emory University
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Dr. Spalding earned a Bachelor of Science/Medicine degree with Highest Honors at The University of Louisville, where he also completed Medical School and an Internship in Internal Medicine before moving to Atlanta to complete his Residency in Ophthalmology at Emory University. He served as Chief Resident during his third year and remained at Emory for two more years of Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery.
Dr. Spalding is Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of such professional societies as the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, New York State Ophthalmological Society and New York State Medical Society. He has served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse since 2008. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and on the medical staff of the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital. In these local roles, he teaches ophthalmology residents and medical students.
Since joining Retina-Vitreous Surgeons of Central New York in 1989, Dr. Spalding has participated in National Eye Institute and industry-sponsored clinical research projects related to diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity and macular hole surgery. He has co-authored publications in the peer reviewed literature and lectured at numerous regional and national meetings. He is consistently named among the “Best Doctors in America” by his peers.
Dr. Spalding and his wife are very proud of their two grown sons who are both Eagle Scouts. Dr. Spalding enjoys woodworking, music, boating and other outdoor activities.