Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
oculoplastic, orbital, neuro-ophthalmic surgeon at Geoffrey M. Kwitko, M.D., medicine
About Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko gives aspiring ophthalmologists the opportunity to learn from one of the leading Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Neuro-ophthalmic Surgeons in Tampa. He also travels the world as an international lecturer on oculoplastic and orbital surgery. Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko completed his first residency at Kresge Eye Institute at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where he also earned a fellowship in oculoplastic, orbital and neuro-ophthalmic surgery. Prior to that, Kwitko completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Western Ontario in Canada, studying applied physics and mathematics, and earned his medical degree from the same instutition.
After serving as the Chief of Surgery for Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko became the Chief of Ophthalmology at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the same city. In addition to his current role as a Clinical Assistant Professor, he also operates his own practice as an Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Neuro-ophthalmic Surgeon, where he specializes in cosmetic eyelid surgery, thyroid eye disease, orbital disease, tearing, and dry eye problems.
Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko is an active ice hockey enthusiast, and coaches a local youth team in his spare time. Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko is also recognized annually as one of the Best Doctors by Best Doctors, Inc., and has received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is currently a member of several prestigious medical boards, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Neuro-Ophthalmic Surgical Society, and holds his board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko also has his Florida Medical License from the Florida Department of Health, and gives charitable donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Florida Holocaust Museum.
What is Thyroid Eye Disease?
Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko works as a surgeon in Tampa, Florida, where he performs both cosmetic and reconstructive oculoplastic surgery. One of the issues Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko specializes in is thyroid eye disease, an issue that affects patients who have other thyroid conditions but can affect others with no abnormal thyroid behavior as well.
Thyroid eye disease results from an imbalance in the immune system, in which a patient's body reacts abnormally to the muscles and other tissue surrounding the eyes. Some patients experience puffy or baggy eyelids as a result of this condition, while others feel pressure or swelling around the eyes. After an initial period of one to three years, during which a patient's thyroid eye disease causes frequent changes in eye tissues, many of these issues and others presented by thyroid eye disease can be resolved surgically. Certain conditions associated with thyroid eye disease can lead to permanent eye damage, however, and must be immediately corrected with corticosteroids, radiation, or surgery.