Dr. Neil Shmunes, a Jacksonville native, attended Oxford College of Emory University where he received his Associate of Arts degree and the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and was inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society. Dr. Shmunes completed his Master’s work, enrolled in the Neurophysiology Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a Research Fellow at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Shmunes graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1981. There he was inducted into the AΩA Medical Honor Society and received the Lange Medical Publications Award. He also served as Chief Resident of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals and Clinics.
Since entering private practice in Jacksonville in 1985, Dr. Shmunes has been Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chairman/Section of Ophthalmology and on the Board of Directors for Baptist Medical Center at the Beaches. He has been an Ophthalmologic Consultant for the Joslin Diabetes Clinic, the PRO Reviewer in Ophthalmology for Northeast Florida and has been a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology for the University of Florida Medical School. Dr. Shmunes has sub-specialty training in oculoplastic surgery and has been performing refractive surgery since 1985. He is a clinical investigator in Glaucoma drug research and antiviral medical research studies and donates cataract surgery to the community through the Gift of Sight Program. Dr. Shmunes is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Ophthalmology (past Regional President), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, Duval County Society of Ophthalmology (past President) and the Duval County Medical Society.