Dr. Norman Woodlief is a native of Hopewell, Virginia. Dr. Woodlief and his wife Joan have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. While in medical school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Woodlief suffered a retinal detachment in his left eye, and after undergoing successful surgery, he chose ophthalmic surgery as his career. His career has been focused on precision cataract surgery utilizing advanced technology, and the preservation and restoration of vision especially in the areas of retinal diseases such as Age Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Woodlief has been named by his peers five times to the U. S. Best Doctors list. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA where he received the James Shipman award for research. He completed an advanced retina vitreous fellowship at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. His cataract surgical technique has been published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has assisted in the training of other doctors and lectured at national meetings. He has been an instrument rated pilot and pianist. Dr. Woodlief and Joan also share a love for world missions and have worked in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Mombasa, Kenya East Africa, and Cap Haitien, Haiti.