Dr. Banker is a fellowship trained retina surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disease and ocular oncology. He was the Valedictorian and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. He was accepted early into medical school and attained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating Cum Laude. Dr. Banker remained in Washington D.C. to complete his internship at Washington Hospital Center and was selected to serve as the Chief Resident of the Ophthalmology Residency program at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Banker completed his Surgical Retina Fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL; the number-one ranked eye hospital in the United States. While studying at Bascom, Dr. Banker performed extensive research on topics including retinal detachments, ocular trauma, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, macular degeneration and retinal diseases. Dr. Banker has comprehensive training in complex surgical cases, having practiced in a high volume environment with the nation’s leading surgeons at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Dr. Banker is quite active in research and education in the Vitreoretinal field. He has authored several publications and presented research at over twenty national and international academic conferences on subjects such as macular holes, epiretinal membranes and retinal detachments. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work. Most recently, he was named a Retina Society Advocacy Ambassador, he was awarded a research travel grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI), and received the “Resident Excellence Award” from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). While at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Banker was a multi-year recipient of the prestigious “Patient Care Award,” an honor he was nominated for by patients and hospital staff members for excellence in patient care. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown University Journal of Health Science.
Dr. Banker is a member of the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the Prevention of Blindness Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Outside of his involvement in professional organizations, he has volunteered his time and surgical expertise at the Agarwal Eye Hospital in India.
Dr. Banker resides in Sarasota, where he enjoys the outdoors, gardening and traveling in his free time.
Locations served: Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Englewood, University Park