Medical Ophthalmology

Joined University Eye Specialists: 2013
MD: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Internship: Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois
Ophthalmology Residency: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago, Illinois
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1989
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONAcademy of Medicine Outstanding Student Award; 1980, 1983, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Intern of the Year, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPSAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
Knoxville Academy of Medicine
Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology
Tennessee Medical Association
University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, assistant clinical instructor, 1984-1987
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, assistant clinical professor, 1988-1989

Dr. Mary Collins gravitated to eye care because she saw a way to combine total patient care with the specialty of ophthalmology. The process began in medical school when Dr. Collins handled rotations and focused on ophthalmology, which offered the perfect balance of general medicine, specialty practice and outpatient care.

The role of an ophthalmologist is rewarding for Dr. Collins because she can share in the delight that patients have when they can properly see again. She joined University Eye Specialists in 2013 after the retirement of Dr. Paul Ambrose, her longtime medical practice partner, and many of her patients followed her to UES. Her patients become like a family, and she values being able to treat them over the long term, along with new family members.

The working atmosphere at University Eye Specialists is especially appealing to Dr. Collins because the physicians and staff are caring, efficient and make it a point to see patients on time. Dr. Collins also noted the excellence of the technicians at the practice.

Originally from Upstate New York in the Adirondack area, Dr. Collins moved to Cleveland, Ohio, as a child and was raised in the Midwest. She and her late husband, Dr. A. David Slutzker, a longtime and well-respected pulmonologist and critical care physician at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, settled in Knoxville to raise a family. They had three children, now grown, Ellen Smith, Peter Slutzker and Juliet Slutzker.

Dr. Collins enjoys East Tennessee because of the family-friendly environment and natural beauty of the region. She is in a book club and has been a member of a tennis group that was formed in 1990 and continues to play. Dr. Collins is a hiker, avid runner and the owner of a special English bulldog named Tucker.