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Philip Laird, MD

Retina Care Specialists

Philip Laird, M.D. is a native Floridian who graduated with Honors from University of Florida. While at Florida, he was a member of the varsity Track & Field and Cross Country teams. He is a recipient of the College of Health and Human Performance Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Dr. Laird then attended medical school at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and was awarded the Dean’s Award as well as a National Eye Institute research award. He then completed a General Surgery internship at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Laird attained his formal Ophthalmology training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing residency, he stayed at Emory for a two-year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery.

Dr. Laird has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters in the field of Ophthalmology and Retina and has presented his research at national forums. He is an investigator in multiple clinical trials and currently serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Laird is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in all aspects of Vitreoretinal disease and surgery. He is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Laird lives in Jupiter and is happily married with two children. He enjoys distance running, traveling, and spending time with his family.


  • Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Emory University Atlanta, GA


  • Ophthalmology Emory University Atlanta, GA


  • General Surgery Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL

Medical School

  • M.D. Mayo Medical School Rochester, MN

Undergraduate Education

  • University of Florida Gainesville, FL

Awards and Publications


  • Mehta S, Laird PW, Debiec M, Hwang C, Zhang R; Yan J, Hendrick A, Hubbard GB, Bergstrom CS, Yeh S, Fernandes A, Olsen TV. Formulation of a Peribulbar mock for Prolonged Postoperative Pain. Management in. Vitreoretinal Surgery – A Randomized Clinical Trial. Ophthalmology Retina. 2018;2(4):268-275.
  • Crosson JN, Laird PW, Grossniklaus HE, Hendrick AM. Toxoplasma Chorioretinitis in a Patient with AIDS Diagnosed by Histopathology. Retina Cases and Brief Reports. 2015;9(2):162-3.
  • Crosson JN, Laird PW, Debiec M, Bergstrom CS, Lawson DH, Yeh S. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like Syndrome Following CTLA-4 Inhibition with Ipilimumab for Metastatic Melanoma. J Immunotherapy. 2015;38(2):80-4.
  • Crosson JN, Laird.PW, Hwang CS, Grossniklaus. HE, Yeh S. Toxoplasmosis Chorioretinitis Mimicking Acute Retinal Necrosis Following Local Corticosteroid Use. Submitted to British] Ophth 2015.
  • Laird PW, Hubbard GB. Cover Photo is not Coats Disease. Ophthalmology. 2013;120(7):e51-2.
  • Laird PW, Grossniklaus HE, Hubbard GB. Ciliary Body Medulloepithelioma Associated with Pleuropulmonary Blastoma. British J of Ophthalmology 2013;97(8):1079.
  • Laird PW, Newman NJ, Yeh S. Susac Syndrome Exacerbated by Interferon Retinopathy. Arch of Ophthalmology 2012;130(6):804-6.
  • Laird PW, Woodward MA, Williams JG, Lee BE; Grossniklaus HE. Cystic Benign Melanosis of the Conjunctiva.] of Cornea 2012;31(11):1273-7.
  • Laird PW, Hatt SR, Leske DA, Holmes JM. Distance Stereoacuicy in Prism Induced Convergence Stress. J AAPOS 2008;12(4):370-4.
  • Laird PW, Hatt SR, Leske DA, Holmes JM. Stereoacuity and Binocular Visual Acuity in Prism-Induced Exodeviation. J AAPOS 2007;11(4):362-6.
  • Laird PW, Mohney BG, Renaud DL Bull’s Eye Maculopathy in an Infant with Leigh Disease. Am Journal Ophthalmology 2006;142(1):186-7.


  • Laird PW. Emory Online Digital Atlas of Ophthalmology. Chapters on Asteroids Hyalosis, Susac Syndrome, and Morning Glory Disc Anomaly. 2013.
  • Laird PW, Hubbard GR Coats Disease. Orphanet Online Portal for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs. July 2013.
  • Laird PW, Sippy BD, Aaberg TM. Stargardts Disease. Pediatric Retina Edition 2. Chapter 16. Lipincott Williams and Wilcons. 2013.
  • Laird PW, Grossniklaus HE. Chapter 14: Carcinoma of the Conjunctiva. Pocket Guide to Ocular Oncology and Pathology. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013:79-82.


  • Laird PW. Severe Sarcoidosis Optic Neuropathy. Palm Beach County Ophthalmologists Meeting, August 2015.
  • Laird PW, Michels M, Lavina AM, Gallogly PJ:vf. Randomized Controlled Trials for Neovascular Age­ Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Macular Edema. Treasure Coast Ophthalmologists Meeting, April 2019. ,
  • Laird PW, Michels M, Lavina AM, Gallogly PM. Age Related Macular Degeneration. Palm Beach County Primary Care Physician Symposium. July 2018.
  • Yeh S, Debiec M, Laird PW, Hendrick AM. Clinical Outcomes of Combination Oral and Intravitreal Antiviral Therapy for ARN: Comparison of VZV and HSV ARN. American Society of Retinal Specialists ASRS: Annual meeting, San Diego, August 2014.
  • Laird PW, Hubbard GB, Bergstrom CS, Patel PS, Yeh S. Posterior Segment Manifestations of Syphilis in the Southeastern United States. Poster presentation at ASRS Annual Meeting, August 25, 2013.
  • Mehta S, Zhang R, Yan J, Hendrick A, Laird PW, Olsen TW: The Effects of Triamcinolone Acetonide on Retrobulbar Anesthesia and Pain Control Following Vitreoretinal Surgery. Abstract presented at the 46th Annual Retina Society Meeting in Beverly Hills, CA September 26, 2013.
  • Jung C, Jones J, Laird PW, Knandelwal S, Perez C, Robinson J, Pruett P. Improving Resource Utilization at the Atlanta VA Medical Center by Decreasing the No-Show Rate for Ophthalmology Laser Procedures. Poster presented in June 2011 at Emory University Science of the GME Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Laird PW, Hatt SR, Leske DA, Holmes JM. Distance Stereoacuity in Prism Induced Convergence Stress. Presented as a poster in May 2007 at the ARVO annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Leske DA, Hatt SR, Laird PW, Arrington KF, Holmes JM. Infrared Eyetracker Methods for Measuring Strabismus. Presented as a poster in May 2007 at the ARVO annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Laird PW, Hatt SR, Leske DA, Holmes JM. Stereoacuity and Binocular Visual Acuity in Prism-Induced Exodeviation. Presented as a poster in April 2007 at the 33rd annual American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.