Mark S. Rubin, M.D.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Adult & Pediatric)
A native of Syracuse, New York, Dr. Rubin received a full scholarship to the State University of Buffalo, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968. He then attended medical school at the University of Bologna, Italy, and was awarded his degree Summa Cum Laude in 1974. He returned to Buffalo, where he did his internship at Deaconess Hospital and his residency in ophthalmology at the Wettlaufer Eye Clinic.
He returned to Europe, first as Chief of Ophthalmology at the U.S. Army hospital in Augsburg, Germany, and then went into private practice in Modena, Italy, serving as the consultant ophthalmologist for the U.S. Air Force at Aviano Air Base. While in private practice in Italy, Dr. Rubin had the honor of treating such famous patients as Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, among others.
Missing home and his American culture, Dr. Rubin closed his practice in Italy in 1988 and moved to the Daytona Beach area. He practices general ophthalmology and concentrates his practice on same day cataract surgery and laser surgery, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, uveitis, pediatric strabismus and, of course, complete eye exams for the general public. Dr. Rubin was the first ophthalmologist in this area to introduce “premium” intraocular lenses, first with the ReStor multifocal lens, then with the Toric intraocular lens for astigmatism.
Dr. Rubin serves as Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of South Florida. He is also a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA and is only one of three Aviation Medical Examiners in the United States to be authorized by the British government as a JAA certified examiner. He was past president of the Central Florida Society of Ophthalmology, and was also past president of the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI)where he remains active on the Board of Directors. He is focusing part of his practice on research studies for new medications and techniques concerning cataract surgery, dry eye therapy, and treatment of glaucoma. As a service to the community, he participated as a volunteer surgeon on annual medical missions to Honduras in Central America.
Dr. Rubin enjoys priviledges at Florida Hospital-Memorial Hospital and Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He has offices in Ormond Beach and Palm Coast, as well as an office in the Cayman Islands which is currently closed following extensive damage from a hurricane.
He is married (Patrizia) and has a son (Jonathan) who currently lives in Italy. In his leisure time, he enjoys flying, scuba diving, cooking, and good music.
A native of the city of Modena in northern Italy, Patrizia attended J. Barozzi Technical Institute, where she received her degree in International Commercial Accounting in 1978. She then went on to G.M. Systems Pharmacies working as an accountant & bookkeeper for over 200 pharmacies. She also served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Blue Cross Ambulance Service.
Patrizia’s love of Italian cuisine naturally brought her to culinary school, where she graduated from the prestigious Petronilla Gourmet Cooking School also in Modena. Gourmet food tastes even better when paired with a fine wine, so the next step for Patrizia was to attend The Italian Academy of Sommelier, where she received her degree.
During her time living in Modena, she met her future husband, Dr. Mark Rubin, who was working locally as an Ophthalmologist while serving with the U.S. Air Force base Aviano. They eventually moved to Florida & settled in the Daytona beach area where they opened a general ophthalmology private practice. Patrizia is still practicing as a Clinical Research Supervisor and Office Manager of International Eye Associates.
March 2009 was the grand opening of Millennium Optical, Eyewear & Accessories. A boutique offering high fashion, quality Italian or European designs, and hand made accessories was a much needed asset to her community – after seeing so many friends travel abroad to purchase high quality eyewear, Patrizia thought it would be great to have a boutique so close to home. By attending annual trade shows and fashion events from Paris, Milan, New York and Las Vegas Patrizia keeps up on the latest fashion trends and European innovations.
She recently returned from Treviso, Italy where she completed a special Italian’s only course to become a fashion consultant for exclusive eyewear, learning to fit each individual with the best possible eyewear from a fashion and aesthetic standpoint. Patrizia is the only person ever to be invited from the U.S. To take this course.
Her first language is Italian, but she is also fluent in English and French.
In her spare time, Patrizia still enjoys to cook and for several years hosted a bi-annual event at her home for the London Symphony Orchestra catering to over 200 people after the show. She loves to travel, and frequently returns to Italy to visit with family and friends.