Brian Phillpotts, MD

Brian Phillpotts, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. “Expertise combined with humility” characterizes Dr. Phillpotts’ informative, straightforward and compassionate style of patient care. His area of concentration includes medical and surgical management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, macular holes, epi-retinal membranes and other vitreo-retinal disorders such as retinal vascular occlusion and sickle cell retinopathy. Dr. Phillpotts is dedicated to educating patients about their conditions and treatment options, equipping them to make informed and confident decisions.

Dr. Phillpotts’ research has been published in key scientific journals, including: the 2nd International Conference on Retinopathy of Prematurity; Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Ophthalmology; RETINA; and, the Journal of the National Medical Association. He also is published in, a subsidiary of, the world’s largest online, peer reviewed, medical textbook.

Dr. Phillpotts graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Phillpotts interned in Illinois at Hinsdale Hospital, followed by an ophthalmology residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed a two-year clinical fellowship in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomat
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Association For Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology, Former Associate Member
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Tampa, Board of Directors
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomat