Melvin Roat, MD, FACS

Subspecialty: Cornea


Melvin I. Roat, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist experienced in cataract surgery and corneal transplantation surgery. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012, Dr. Roat was named a “Top Doctor” in Main Line Today, an honor awarded to “the best in the area, selected by their peers.”

Dr. Roat lectures to other ophthalmologists at regional, national and international meetings.  In addition to his clinical and surgical expertise, he has contributed widely to his specialty through more than 50 publications in medical journals and textbooks.  Dr. Roat has written several chapters on eye diseases for the well-known Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, the most widely used medical text in the world.  He has also written several chapters on eye diseases for the Merck Manual of Medical Information-Home Edition, a version of the Merck Manual for the general public, the world’s best-selling home medical reference.  His important and innovative clinical and laboratory research has earned him awards, honors and grants from the National Institutes of Health.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology – 1987

Academic Affiliation
Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Fellowship:  University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Hospital, Corneal Surgery and External Diseases – 1989
  • Residency:  University of Toronto – 1985
  • Medical School:  University of Toronto – 1981
  • Undergraduate:  University of Toronto


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Wills Eye Hospital
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