George O. Waring, IV, M.D., FACS, is the Medical Director at Magill Vision Center, an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of Refractive Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Storm Eye Institute. He specializes in laser cataract, lens implant and refractive surgery, as well as the surgical management of keratoconus, astigmatism and presbyopia. Dr. Waring has the honor of being the first person in the country to perform LASIK and PRK using the blade free revolutionary technology of Alcon Wavelight EX500 refractive suite. Dr. Waring also performed the first Optimedica Catalys laser assisted cataract surgeries in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Waring came to Magill Vision Center from a subspecialty private practice in corneal refractive, cataract and intraocular lens surgery in Ohio. He has served a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Emory University School of Medicine, and a Staff Ophthalmologist at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Waring IV is a founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was selected as one of 10 founding members of the prestigious Vanguard Ophthalmology society to recognize future leaders in Ophthalmology. He is a founding member of the Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Society, is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His other professional memberships include the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Cornea Society. Dr. Waring serves as the Director for the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology Laser Refractive Surgery Course.
Dr. Waring is active in clinical research, with over 100 scientific publications, abstracts and presentations to his credit, including 24 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than half a dozen book chapters on corneal, refractive and lens surgery. He is the recipient of the Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society Gold Medal Award and the American academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award. He is a Faculty Member of “Faculty of 1000,” a global peer-review process for the literature in refractive surgery, and referees multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Refractive Surgery, the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Cornea and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. He also serves on the editorial boards for Ophthalmology Times and Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Dr. Waring also serves on multiple scientific advisory panels, aiding in the development of new technologies.
Dr. Waring completed a dual degree in Economics and Ecology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by his Doctor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. He served as Administrative Chief Resident of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York, where he received numerous honors and distinctions, including Physician of the Year for consecutive years. He completed his sub-specialty fellowship training in cornea, lens and refractive surgery under the world-renowned mentorship of Daniel S. Durrie, M.D., in Overland Park, Kansas.