Daniel I. Caplan, M.D.

After receiving his Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Caplan completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He is a former Vice-President and board member of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a former Chairman of the Eye Department and Member of the Medical Executive Committee at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA.

Dr. Caplan is a pioneer in Refractive Surgery and Vision Correction Procedures, having been among the first in the region to perform Radial Keratotomy in the early 1980’s and Laser Vision Correction and LASIK in the 1990’s. He has successfully performed thousands of Laser Vision Correction Procedures. He has taught the procedures to dozens of other Eye Surgeons and he has lectured throughout the country on Vision Correction Procedures. He created a commercially produced computer software to track vision correction surgical outcomes. Dr. Caplan also specializes in Custom Wavefront LASIK and the new IntraLase (“blade-free”) LASIK procedure.

Dr. Caplan is the Medical Director and CEO of the Caplan Eye Clinic. He is a member of the Clinical Faculties of the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is the father of two children.


Brendon J. Sumich, M.D.

Dr. Sumich grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Brother Martin High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and his M.D. degree from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

After completing an Internship in Internal Medicine at the Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Sumich then completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at the LSU/Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, where he served as Chief Resident during his senior year.

Dr. Sumich then went to Boston, Massachusetts to complete a fellowship in Cornea and External Eye Disease at the New England Eye Center of Tufts University and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

In his spare time, Dr. Sumich enjoys running and traveling. He is also an avid Saints fan.


Benjamin Guidry, M.D.

Dr. Benjamin Guidry is a Vitreo-Retinal Physician and Surgeon. Among his specialties are the treatment of diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.

Dr. Guidry graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He earned his Medical Degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr Guidry then completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He then completed a two-year Medical & Surgical Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship at Tulane University Medical Center/VA Medical Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Guidry lives in Metairie with his wife, Dr. Laura Guidry, and their two young sons.


Stephen M. Welcker, O.D.

Dr. Welcker graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Biological Sciences. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1979 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.Dr. Welcker has been in practice for more than 20 years. He enjoys the many aspects of family eye care. He specializes in fitting contact lenses. Dr. Welcker has been a clinical research investigator for FDA studies on contact lenses.Dr. Welcker is a member of the Louisiana State Association of Optometry and has served as Vice President of the New Orleans Contact Lens Society. He is married and has two children. He enjoys golf in his spare time.


Harry B. Caplan, M.D. (1915-2004)

Dr. Caplan was born in New Orleans in 1915, the son of immigrant parents from East Europe. He graduated from Fortier High School in 1931. He attended Tulane University. He received a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1944. He received numerous academic awards in medical school, including the prestigious Walter Reed Memorial Prize. While attending medical school, Dr Caplan also practiced optometry part-time and managed the optical department at Maison Blanche Department Store.Dr. Caplan completed a medical internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1945. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the New Orleans Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital in 1947.In 1938 Dr. Caplan established the Caplan Eye Clinic, which still provides eye care services in the New Orleans area. After building the practice into one of the most respected eye clinics in the region, Dr. Caplan retired in 2002 at the age of 87. He still went to his office at Caplan Eye Clinic nearly every day afterwards to visit with patients and staff.Dr. Caplan was a member of the medical staffs of the New Orleans Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital, Touro Infirmary and East Jefferson General Hospital. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital for many years and was elected President of the medical staff in 1970.Dr. Caplan was a founding member of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology. He served in numerous leadership roles in the Academy for more than 40 years. Dr. Caplan served as President of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology from 1972-1974.At the time of his death, he had been married for 55 years to his devoted wife, Janice. Mrs. Caplan was involved in nearly every aspect of building the Caplan Eye Clinic into a highly successful and respected medical practice.Dr. Caplan is also survived by his 3 adult children and their spouses. He had seven grandchildren.