Clifton Peay. M.D.

Founding Clinical Medical Director, American Eye Center

Clifton Peay MD, MBA, FACS is the founding Clinical Medical Director of the American Eye Center based in Central Virginia. Dr. Peay is in private practice in Ophthalmology with a subspecialty interest in, glaucoma, refractive, cataract, laser, and anterior segment surgery. He received his training in Ophthalmology from the University of Michigan. This prestigious institution is nationally recognized and ranked by the U.S. News and World Report for being one of the top ten Ophthalmology Residency Programs in ophthalmologic education. As a result, through his residency, Dr. Peay amassed the clinical knowledge needed to treat, manage, and diagnose complex disorders of the eye.

Dr. Peay is a National Thought Leader in Ophthalmology, who practices cutting edge technology medicine resulting in superior patient outcomes. As a physician who is Board Certified (American Board of Ophthalmology) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Peay upholds the tenets of medical integrity by educating patients about their diagnosis in order to produce precise results.

He has annually organized and participated in educational forums and teachings for cataract/refractive surgery. Currently, he serves as the Ophthalmic Chair of the Roman Barnes Society of Ophthalmology and is a National Medical Association surgical ophthalmic moderator. In the past, Dr. Peay has held an Ophthalmology chair position within the National Medical Association. He’s been intricately involved with improving, lecturing and teaching other Ophthalmologists surgical outcomes and teaching other physicians how to perform and update refractive/cataract surgery.      

Dr. Peay holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Buffalo (SUNY), as well as his Categorical Medical Internship (SUNY). Dr. Peay did his Ophthalmology Specialty Training at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He earned his MBA at the Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dr Peay was selected by Harvard University to be an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow.

Dr. Peay has served in various leadership roles. Currently he is President of the Roman Barnes Society of Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and past Board of Visitors Virginia Commonwealth University.

Throughout his career, Dr. Peay has helped to create his legacy by contributing to his specialty, other physicians’ education, as well as the patients he cares for. As a dedicated clinician and patient educator in ophthalmic health, Dr. Peay is committed to his mission.