Robert Maddox, M.D.
Dr. Bobby Maddox, an ophthalmologist practicing in El Paso, Texas, since 1975, has always been a pioneer in bringing new technology to benefit his patients. He routinely chose small incision phacoemulsification surgery for his cataract patients more than a decade before other surgeons in the area. In 1982, he established the first in-office outpatient surgery center in El Paso specifically designed for phacoemulsification of cataracts with intraocular lens implant, a procedure now widely used throughout the world as the procedure of choice for cataract surgery. He pioneered the Excimer Laser into Mexico in January, 1992, having brought the first Excimer Laser into the country of Mexico.
Dr. Maddox was born in Austin, Texas, and has spent most of his life in El Paso. As one of the great football legends of the El Paso High Tigers, he received the prestigious Ralph Marmolejo award from El Paso High for his outstanding performance at quarterback, punter, and safety. Along with his athletic prowess in football and track-and-field at El Paso High, Dr. Maddox competed in bodybuilding competitions as well, once capturing third place in the Mr. El Paso contest. Dr. Maddox has continued his lifelong interest in maintaining a strong physical fitness as well as a strong spiritual fitness. He and his family have dedicated themselves and their work to the honor and glory of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. His office is filled with reminders that God is there to carry us through our difficulties and to show us His love, if we would only ask Him, in Jesus' name.
Dr. Maddox is also an internationally recognized educator, having addressed the 8th Congress of Ophthalmology in Lima, Peru, and the Third National Symposium of Optometry in Juarez, Mexico. In 1984, he participated in instructing other ophthalmologists, including some of his own former instructors, at an intensive course on Advanced Techniques in Cataract Surgery and Phacoemulsification, jointly sponsored in Philadelphia by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Hahnemann University, Temple University School of Medicine, Scheie Eye Institute, and Wills Eye Hospital. His publications include articles detailing his technique for removing difficult cortical material during cataract surgery, published in Ocular Surgery News, as well as extensive patient educational materials. In 1996, Dr. Maddox discovered a new and very important post-LASIK syndrome which he named Sands of the Sahara, or SOS, later referred to by others as DLK (diffuse lamellar keratitis). He has also served on physician educational panels, and he has contributed videos of his own surgical techniques to be used as instructional videos for the libraries of several major suppliers of ophthalmic surgery products. He has in the past conducted a nationwide series of physician certification seminars in postoperative care following Excimer Laser Photorefractive surgery.
His love of his profession and his dedication and commitment to the well-being of his patients has always led Dr. Maddox to be a pioneer in bringing his patients the best medical advances and medical technology science has to offer. He began offering Radial Keratotomy to his patients in 1982. In 1989, when he learned of the exciting results of early European and FDA studies of the Excimer Laser for correcting nearsightedness, he wanted to bring this revolutionary technology to his patients. All 46 clinical sites designated for the FDA studies in the U.S. were already assigned, and no new sites were being allowed. So, Dr. Maddox sought to take advantage of the international character of El Paso and began an intensive 2-year process to receive a medical license in Mexico and to establish a clinical study for Mexico similar to the FDA study in the United States.