Mark E. Patron, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and retina surgeon who sees patients at Mile High Retina's main location in Denver, Colorado, and travels for appointments to the Goodland, Kansas satellite office. He moved from the East Coast to Denver in 2012 and worked with a group practice prior to starting Mile High Retina in 2020.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Patron is Ivy League-educated and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating at the top of his class with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center. He finished his training with a two-year retina fellowship at the surgery-intensive combined Retina Group of Washington, Georgetown University Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center program in the DC area.
Dr. Patron is a highly-trained, vitreoretinal surgeon who treats a wide variety of eye diseases, including retinal tears, retinal detachments, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal manifestations of systemic disease. With advanced exposure during training, he takes a special interest in diabetic retinopathy, especially the surgical repair of complex diabetic tractional retinal detachments. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has published scientific papers and presented research at national ophthalmology meetings. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.
When not in the clinic, Dr. Patron can be found exercising at the gym or running laps around Washington Park. His Sundays are spent with a morning at church, followed by a neighborhood coffee shop, brunch with the family, a lazy afternoon watching sports, or shuttling his young kids, Andrew and Isabel, around to their extracurricular activities. In addition to their children, Dr. Patron and his wife Erika, a gastroenterologist with South Denver Gastroenterology, also have three French bulldogs – Oscar, Gemma, and Duke. As a family, they enjoy traveling, especially for food and wine, as they are always on the lookout for authentic dining experiences.