Dr. Poppell is a board certified
Ophthalmologist and the Medical Director and
founder of the Emerald Coast Eye
Institute-one of the most rapidly growing
and progressive eye care facilities in the
South. Dr. Poppell's unique Background
brings experience in many different areas of
eye surgery including cataract with
intraocular lens implant, corneal
transplant, refractive surgery (RK, PRK,
LASIK), glaucoma, oculoplastic surgery
(plastic surgery of the eyelids), pediatric
and laser surgery.
Upon receiving his BS degree from the United
States Air Force Academy, Dr. Poppell
completed his medical degree at the
University of Texas Health Science Center in
San Antonio, Texas graduating with honors.
After medical school, Dr. Poppell completed
his eye surgery residency at the Medical
College of Wisconsin (Marquette University),
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His fellowship or
advanced studies were in corneal transplant
surgery and external diseases at the Bascom
Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami.
Since these programs of study were conducted
under a full scholarship from the United
States Air Force, Dr. Poppell was assigned
Chief of Ophthalmology, Wright Patterson
USAF Medical Center, Ohio from 1982-1991.
During this time Dr. Poppell continued to
publish, travel extensively, and advance his
skills in microsurgical techniques,
mastering the art of sutureless cataract
surgery. As an assistant Clinical Professor
of Ophthalmology at Wright State University
Medical School and attending surgeon at the
Veterans Hospital, he instructed medical
students and taught ophthalmology residents
in the latest advances in eye surgery.