Mary Cathleen Schanzer, MD, FACS. Dr. Cathy Schanzer is a native Texan and moved to the MidSouth in 1990 where she established Southern Eye Associates and three eye surgery centers in Memphis TN, Olive Branch MS and Southaven MS. She specializes in cataract and Lasik surgery and has become one of the most sought after surgeons in the MidSouth. In July 2017 Dr. Schanzer joined Eye Specialty Group and annually performs thousands of eye surgeries. Together with Dr. Holdinghausen and Dr. Brinkley, Dr. Schanzer partners with area optometrist in a collaborative, co-management eye care program for their medical and surgical patients. Dr. Schanzer is also very active in medical missions. She is the Medical Director of Southern Eye Institute which operates a free full-time eye clinic in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Dr. Schanzer travels to Sierra Leone twice a year to annually donate hundreds of surgeries to this very needy population. Additionally, Dr. Schanzer, in conjunction with Incarnate Word University Rosenberg School of Optometry, donates one surgery day per month in East-side San Antonio Texas, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the USA. Dr. Schanzer is very active in her faith community and attributes her eye care ministry to the glory of God. Dr. Schanzer is a member of numerous medical societies as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is Treasurer of the Memphis Eye Society.