Dr. Alan D. Gordon has practiced in Lewistown for the last twenty years. He grew up in New Jersey and went to a small liberal arts college in Maine, Nasson College, during that time, Dr. Gordon did a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria during which time, he took courses in the history of medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria. His medical education began at the University of Bologna, Italy, the oldest medical school in the western world, and he graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark New Jersey.
Dr. Gordon followed Medical School with a medical internship at Martland Hospital, the main teaching hospital of the New Jersey College of Medicine. Dr. Gordon later completed his Ophthalmic Residency at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA. During his training, Dr. Gordon worked as a staff physician in several Emergency Rooms and while waiting for his Ophthalmology training, he worked for a year as a staff ER physician at the Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York. He believes in medicine as a calling, and has done charity cataract and eye muscle surgery in Honduras and Ecuador for needy patients in association with Medical Ministry International.
During his training at the Guthrie Clinic, he rotated through the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and attended the centralized training for ophthalmic residents at Colby College, Maine. He has regularly attended multiple continuing education courses including those held at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery throughout his career.
He is board certified for general ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has taken voluntary certification as a cataract sub specialist by the American Board of Eye Surgery. This certification involves direct observation of Dr. Gordon's surgical procedures as well as a study involving surgical outcome. Dr. Gordon was certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery in 1992 and, because this certification is only granted for 10 years, he was again recertified in 2002. He is subspecialty certified for cataract surgery and has taught modern cataract/lens surgery to many ophthalmologists both in courses and individually.
He is a member of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Board of Eye Surgery, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, several other medical societies, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Last year, he was inducted into the American College of Surgeons as a fellow.
Recently (2008), he was featured in an article in the Highmark Blue Shield magazine "Clinical Views", after having been chosen by his peers as communicating with family physicians and internists to coordinate care.
He lives with his wife in the Lewistown area.