Staying Focused

| July 20, 2011
Ophthalmologist Dr. Britt Brockman keeps patients seeing clearly

Ophthalmologist Dr. Britt Brockman keeps patients seeing clearly

Dr. Britt Brockman’s work in the field of ophthalmology impacts people not only in Louisville but all around the state.

Brockman is the managing partner of the John-Kenyon American Eye Institute and specializes in cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgery. His office is located off Dutchman’s Lane, but he doesn’t spend all of his time working in Louisville. Brockman travels more than 35,000 miles each year to various satellite offices of his business to deliver eye care to patients outside Louisville.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Brockman served his residency at Louisiana State University and spent his final two years as chief resident. He’s also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Board of Eye Surgery.

In addition to that resume, Brockman was appointed chairmen of the board of the UK Board of Trustees last September. With all of that keeping him busy, you’d think he’d never have time to sit down for an interview. Luckily, we were able to catch up with him just days before he left for vacation in Israel to visit the Western Galilee hospital where he volunteers.

John-Kenyon American Eye Institute

John-Kenyon American Eye Institute

Tell us about your involvement with the John-Kenyon American Eye Institute.

I’m from Hodgenville, Ky., and I’ve been in practice in Louisville since 1992 at which time I joined Maurice John of the John-Kenyon Eye Center – it was called John-Kenyon back then. We developed a business plan in 1992 that was relatively unique in that we opened satellite offices in optometry in Central Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The business model was such that we would go down and do a lease agreement with the optometrist, and we would do what we call a satellite. We were the only people in this part of the United States with this business model.

Why was that business model innovative?

Well, it allowed the optometrists to keep their patients local because the care was being delivered out in the community rather than having to bring everybody into Louisville. Also, the optometrists didn’t lose their patients. Many times when they referred their patients out, they never saw them back from the referring doctor, so this allowed their cases to stay local. And, the patients loved it because they didn’t have to do so much traveling.

How did John-Kenyon become the “John-Kenyon American Eye Institute”?

In 1998, I actually joined Tim Schmitt in New Albany with the American Eye Institute. In 2006, we merged the two practices, John-Kenyon and the American Eye Institute, creating the largest delivery system of eye care in Kentuckiana. My partner, Dr. Asim Paracha, and I formed this merger and we’ve continued to grow ever since.

What does the John-Kenyon American Eye Institute offer?

We provide pretty much the full service of eye care with the exception of pediatrics. We do cataracts, Lasik and other refractive procedures. We have the new implants for astigmatism and the implants that keep people from having to wear reading glasses. We also do plastic surgery of the eyelids.

What else do you do outside your work as an ophthalmologist?

Four years ago, I was president of my synagogue, Adath Jeshurun Synagogue. Two years prior to that, I served as chairman of the board of Eliahu. Then, three years ago, Gov. Beshear appointed me to the Board of Trustees at the University of Kentucky, and nine months ago in September, I was elected by my peers to be chairman of the board of UK.
Also, I can tell you one thing I did that I’m very proud of. Two years ago, at the coaxing of my cousin (John Chowning) who is the vice president of Campbellsville University, I was convinced to fund a campus in my hometown of Hodgenville. It’s a little satellite campus of Campbellsville. And now the Brockman campus of Campbellsville University exists in Hodgenville, Ky., dedicated to my parents.
I spend many days a week traveling back and forth with various duties. It’s challenging yet fulfilling or I wouldn’t do it. I get much more out of it than I give. I really enjoy it.

Is there anything you haven’t done that you’d like to do in the future?

Travel more. My bucket list still has many things on it that are interesting. My work’s not finished. I feel like I’ve got lots of unfinished work to do.
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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