Sam C. Spalding, III, M.D.
Courtesy of Marc Safran

University of Louisville


Medical School
University of Louisville


University of Louisville


Ophthalmology Residency
Emory University


Retinal Fellowship
Emory University

Dr. Spalding earned a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Louisville in Science/Medicine with Highest Honors. He also completed Medical School and an Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Louisville before moving to Atlanta to complete his Residency in Ophthalmology at Emory University. He served as Chief Resident during his third year and remained at Emory for two more years of Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery. During his Fellowship, Dr. Spalding had the privilege of studying with Dr. Thomas Aaberg, Sr., one of the pioneers of vitreous surgery, as well as Drs. Travis Meredith, Henry Kaplan and Paul Sternberg, Jr., all of who have made enormous contributions to the field and have gone on to serve as Departmental Chairmen at other institutions throughout the country.


Dr. Spalding is Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of multiple professional societies including the American Society of  Retina Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New York State Ophthalmological Society and the New York State Medical Society. He is Chief of Ophthalmology at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and on the medical staff of the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital. In these local roles, he teaches ophthalmology residents and medical students.


Since joining Retina Vitreous Surgeons in 1989, Dr. Spalding has participated in clinical research projects related to diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and macular hole surgery. He has co-authored publications in the peer reviewed literature, lectured at SUNY and numerous national meetings and serves as Program Director of Retina Update, the only instructional course in Upstate New York devoted exclusively to conditions of the posterior segment of the eye. RVS physicians and guest lecturers offer Retina Update periodically to colleagues throughout the region.


Dr. Spalding and his wife are very proud of their two sons who are both Eagle Scouts. Dr. Spalding continues to volunteer as a leader in the Boy Scout Troop. He also enjoys music, boating and other water activities.


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