Meet Our Eye Doctors
Dr. Neil F. Notaroberto, is Medical Director at EyeCare 20/20, collaborating researcher at the CLEVER Eye Institute, Louisiana Eye Research Institute (LERI) and Assistant Professor at the George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Notaroberto is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist with expertise in retinal disease and surgery. His role is threefold: caring for patients, especially those with diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration; teaching; and conducting clinical research. Utilizing the most advanced medical and surgical instrumentation available, he is able to formulate the best treatments for each patient. His approach is patient-centric which places the patient at the center of care with the physician allowing the patient to choose the level of treatment they feel most comfortable with. When conservative measures fail then surgical treatments, which include intravitreal injections, retinal laser and intraocular surgery, are instituted with a success rate that exceeds the national standard. Currently Dr. Notaroberto performs over 1,000 combined surgeries and procedures each year in his efforts to improve vision and prevent blindness.
His research in bioinformatics and healthcare information technology began at the Yale Medical Center and culminated with a Medical Informatics fellowship at the GWU Medical Center resulting in the first monthly live CME course over the Internet. Previous award winning projects included a surgical virtual reality simulator, computer based teaching modules and healthcare database systems. Current projects include digital analysis programs for determining stroke risk in patients by way of retinal vasculature measurements and macular function response to treatment.
Dr. Notaroberto was trained in computer science at Pacific University (Oregon) with experience in medical software and hardware. Graduate work in cardiovascular physiology was completed at Farleigh Dickenson University (New Jersey). Medical training was completed at George Washington University School of Medicine (Washington, D.C.) and Yale Medical Center (Connecticut). Surgical training was completed at Tulane Medical Center (Louisiana) and University of Tennessee Medical Center (Tennessee).
Dr. Arley G. Jaramillo, is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is the vitreoretinal surgeon for the practice with extensive experience in macular hole repair, retinal detachment repair and membrane removals. His experience with trauma and referred complications earned him the ability to bring his skills to the Veterans Administration helping our veterans. We are very fortunate to be able to bring this level of skill and compassion to our patients.
Dr. Jaramillo is a collaborating researcher at the CLEVER Eye Institute and Louisiana Eye Research Institute (LERI). He is on staff at the Veterans Hospital in New Orleans and Tulane Medical Center in New Oreleans.
Dr. Arley G. Jaramillo was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and lived in Medellin, Colombia for 10 years during his adolescence. Dr. Jaramillo is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist with expertise in Vitreo-Retinal disease and surgery. He graduates from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Biology, were he was part of the MARC U*star Honor Program (sponsored by the National Institute of Health). After completing his undergraduate he completed his Medical training in the Ponce School of Medicine (Ponce, PR). During his medical training he was member of the National Dean’s List were only 1% of students from the nation colleges and universities are honored. He was awarded with the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Scholarship. Ophthalmology residency was completed at Tulane Ophthalmology Program (New Orleans, LA) were he was the Chief Resident and was awarded with the Tulane Eye Alumni Association Award during the Annual C.S. O’Brien Professorship for his research project. Vitreo-Retinal Surgery training was completed at SLHVCS/ Tulane Ophthalmology Program (New Orleans, LA) where he completed more than 300 surgical procedures including pars plana vitrectomies, sclera buckles, epiretinal membrane peel, retinal detachment repair, laser treatments, intravitreal injections and combined complicated cases such as phacoemulsification, pars plana vitrectomy, laser treatment and Ahmed glaucoma valve implants on the same patient. Today Dr. Jaramillo serves as Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology for the Southeast Veteran's Health Care System and is an Assistant Professor of Tulane's Ophthalmology Department.
Dr. Lisa R. Pradillo is a native of Chalmette, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After completing her undergraduate studies she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree along with an award for clinical excellence. Prior to graduation, she completed two externships. The first rotation was at the Birmingham VA Hospital followed by the Simon-Williamson clinic.
Dr. Pradillo is a Board Certified Therapeutic Optometrist committed to quality eye care for adults and children. Dr. Pradillo has been our expert in pediatric eye care of not only our patients but our own children. She enjoys all aspects of patient care including primary eye care needs and the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and dry eye syndrome. She is a contact lens specialist and proficient in the co-management of Dr. Notaroberto and Dr. Jaramillo's surgical patients. Dr. Pradillo is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Optometry Association of Louisiana.
Dr. Pradillo is a colaborating researcher at the CLEVER Eye Institute and Louisiana Eye Research Institute (LERI).
Dr. Melissa F. Dugan is a Board Certified Therapeutic Optometrist at Eyecare 20/20 who offers comprehensive eye care to both children and adults. She has extensive experience in primary eye care, ocular disease, emergency eye care and pediatric optometry. She diagnoses and treats ocular conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes and skillfully co-manages cataract surgery and YAG capsulotomies.
Dr. Dugan is a New Orleans native and is excited to be back home providing quality eye care along with the exceptional doctors at Eyecare 20/20. She is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. Prior to graduation, she completed two externships including the Birmingham VA Hospital and Eyecare Associates of New Orleans.
Dr. Dugan is a member of the New Orleans Contact Lens Society, American Optometric Association and the Optometry Association of Louisiana.