Charles M. Zacks, M.D. (Emeritus) is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical management of corneal and external diseases of the eye. His practice has included a wide range of ophthalmic surgery, including conventional corneal transplantation, lamellar keratoplasty (including DSEK), routine and complex cataract surgery, as well as treatment of less common disorders such as ocular tumors and reconstruction after eye trauma. Dr. Zacks holds lifetime certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Zacks has been caring for patients at Maine Eye since 1990. He earned his medical degree at Yale after graduating with honors from Brown University. He completed a residency in San Francisco at the California Pacific Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in corneal and external diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.
Committed to medical education, Dr. Zacks has served as a Clinical Instructor for the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Zacks is published in peer-reviewed medical literature and textbooks on topics ranging from corneal physiology to medical ethics, and has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the profession by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Throughout his career, Dr. Zacks’ has held many leadership positions in regional and national ophthalmologic organizations, including committee chairmanships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and service on the Academy’s Board of Trustees. He has served as a Maine Councilor and as Past President of the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and as President of the New England Ophthalmologic Society.
Dr. Zacks’ concluded his clinical practice in 2021, though remains active in national professional organizations. He was elected President of the Barkan Society, based in San Francisco, in 2021. His interests outside of ophthalmology include international travel, and playing classical violin.