Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Douglas Babel

Dr. Babel graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1992 and initially completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. He subsequently trained in Ophthalmology, completing a residency at the University of Kansas and serving as chief resident. He went on to complete a two-year Medical-Surgical Retina Fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans and stayed on for five years as an Assistant Professor. He then went on to serve a two-year position acting as Director of the Retina Service at the Tampa Florida VA Medical Center. He came to Erie in 2008 and joined the practice in part to replace the retiring Dr. Robert Stratton. Dr. Babel also has a Doctor of Optometry degree and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry. His interests include medical and surgical management of diabetes, macular degeneration and retinal detachments.

Dr. Robert Baldwin

Dr. Baldwin has been practicing as a retina-only surgeon for over 15 years. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He went to medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania and graduated with awards such as the Hewlett-Packard Top Medical Graduate, the Clinical Research Award, the Excellence in Ophthalmology Award, and induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After graduation, Dr. Baldwin completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and became Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1994. Dr. Baldwin then completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Virginia, where we also served as the Chief Resident in Ophthalmology in his final year. He then chose to have additional specialized Fellowship training as a vitreo-retinal surgeon at the University of Virginia, where he was made a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology. He successfully passed his rigorous Ophthalmology Board Certification written and oral exams on his first attempt, and he remains an Academy of Ophthalmology Board-Certified Ophthalmologist in good standing.

In 1998, Dr. Baldwin began his private practice for vitreo-retinal disorders in North Carolina, where he founded a successful retina subspecialty practice within a busy general ophthalmology group. He then was recruited to Erie, where he has been practicing since 2001. Over his career, Dr. Baldwin has been involved with several clinical and basic science research projects, authored papers in medical journals, published chapters in medical textbooks, and presented posters at research symposia. He has lectured extensively not only throughout his training but also continues to respond to numerous requests to give lectures in addition to managing his busy retina practice. He lectures both to physicians and to the public concerning research, diseases, and eye-related issues. His professional interests are in medical and surgical treatments for disorders of the retina and vitreous gel, including: diabetes, macular degeneration, retinal tears and detachments, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, retinal edema, arterial and venous occlusions, retinal and vitreous hemorrhaging, and inflammatory diseases of the eye.

His practice is open to seeing any patient with or without a referral from another physician and accepts most insurances; however, his practice is limited to retinal disorders only. He does not treat general ophthalmology disorders such as prescribing eye glasses for refractive errors, treating glaucoma, or removing cataracts.

His personal interests include primarily his three beloved children but also adventurous physical activities such as cycling (he has cycled across Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, and much of the United States), travel (he has ridden a motorcycle from the US through Mexico, Central, and South America), and hiking / mountain climbing (he most recently Climbed Long's Peak, the highest peak in Colorado). An avid fan of the arts, he enjoys dance, photography, playing the guitar and singing. Mostly, he just loves being alive and in awe of God's magnificent creations such as nature and the human body. He believes that there is always more to discover and to understand, not only in medicine but also in life.

Dr. J.P. Dailey

Dr. Dailey trained at Harvard College, Cornell Medical School and Harvard Medical School for his residency and fellowship. He completed additional fellowship training in medical retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England. He holds five patents in applications of polymer chemistry to treatment of eye disease. He has 27 scientific publications and has made numerous presentations at national scientific meetings. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the Retina Society. He was born and raised in Erie and lives here with his wife and two sons.