About Dr Gross

Dr. John Gross, MD

Dr. Gross is a fellowship trained Ophthalmologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of macular diseases, specializing in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, and Retinal Vascular Diseases.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Gross utilizes state of the art therapies and imaging modalities for the optimal treatment of macular diseases. Dr. Gross recently completed a retina fellowship at the Duke University Center for Macular Degeneration, where he trained under leaders in macular disease.  He served as a Clinical Research Investigator for numerous clinical trials in
 AMDDiabetic Retinopathy, and other retinal disorders.
Dr. Gross graduated from medical school at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University  followed by three years of Ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida. In addition Dr. Gross completed a one year research fellowship at University of Florida in Glaucoma and Retinal disease, as well as a six month fellowship in Refractive surgery, Lasik, and premium IOL surgery. He completed general medical training at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

Following his medical training, Dr. Gross focused on serving those who have served our country as Chief of the Veterans Administration Eye Clinic in Asheville, NC. There he served as adjunct professor of the Duke University Eye Center and taught  surgeons in training in all aspects of surgical and medical eye care of the eye.  This included cataracts, glaucoma, eyelid surgery as well as the care of retinal diseases.  He continued his serve to our nations heroes as head of the Retina Service at the Charleston Veteren's Adminstration Medical Center for two years while he established Carolina Macula and Retina.  During that time he had the privilege of training ophthalmology physicians in training at Medical University of South Carolina and continues his educational role as an adjunct professor at MUSC. 

Dr. Gross has been a leader in Retinal Telemedicine. Over the last seven years he has served as a consultant and reader for companies that have launched teleophthalmology programs. These programs screen thousands of people all across the country for Retinal diseases and Glaucoma.  By identifying these sight threatening conditions at the earliest most treatable stages, vision can be saved with minimal effort and very little resources and time from the patient and the health care system .  Dr. Gross started a Retinal and Macular Degeneration reading center (Teleophthalmology Reading Center) where each week he receives and interprets hundreds of digital retina photos. Dr. Gross provides a report to the patient's primary care doctor or Endocrinologist so they can alert the patient in order to obtain treatment before loss of vision. This service supports Dr. Gross’s approach to eye disease treatment, which is to detect disease early, alert and educate the patient in order facilitate prevention of vision loss while coordinating treatment with their primary physicians.

Dr. Gross has published several articles on Retinal disease and Glaucoma, and given presentations on these topics, as well as refractive surgery to physicans and patients alike. Dr. Gross also co-authored a chapter in prestigious glaucoma textbook "Clinical Glaucoma Management"  

In his spare time Dr. Gross enjoys beach volleyball, running, reading, and exploring Charleston

Dr. Gross is a member of the following:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Christian Ophthalmology Society
  • South Carolina Ophthalmology Society
  • South Carolina Medical Society
  • Charleston Ophthalmology society
  • Roper and Trident hospitals medical staff
  • MUSC adjunct professor

Dr. Gross has an excellent staff at Carolina Macula and Retina who, like himself, are specially trained in the care of retinal disease and can also offer expertise in all areas of eye care.