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Dr. Salomon E. Melgen

Wrong Dr. Salomon E. Melgen?

Eye Doctor

Local Address: Florida, United States
 
Background

Employment History

  • Founding Director
    Vitreo Retinal Consultants Eye Center
  • Chairman and Co-Founder
    VOXXI
  • Journalist
    VOXXI

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • M.D.
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
162 Total References
Web References
A story on the newspaper's website ...
www.lincolndailynews.com, 15 Mar 2013 [cached]
A story on the newspaper's website said that as part of the probe federal agents have questioned witnesses about the interactions between Menendez, D-N.J., and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.
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The newspaper said the grand jury also issued subpoenas for Melgen's business and financial records.
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The Post said Melgen declined to say Thursday whether he knew anything about the investigation, but he said any probe would find no wrongdoing.
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Menendez also has acknowledged contacting U.S. health agencies to question their billing practices and policies amid a dispute between Melgen and federal authorities.
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Melgen has given more than $14,000 directly to Menendez's political campaigns since the late 1990s and, through his eye clinic, donated $700,000 last year to a "super" political committee that supported Democratic Senate candidates.
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First, auditors had been reviewing allegations that Melgen was fraudulently overbilling Medicare for treating his patients. Melgen's attorney has said the doctor's billing was completely appropriate.
Then, in the fall, the FBI began looking into an anonymous tipster's allegations that Melgen had arranged prostitutes for Menendez in the Dominican Republic.
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Lawyers for Menendez and Melgen have said the allegations involving prostitutes, which also were made by the conservative website the Daily Caller, were absurd.
Dr. Salomon Melgen invested ...
www.trentonian.com, 6 Mar 2013 [cached]
Dr. Salomon Melgen invested in Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. of Weston, Fla., and joined its board of directors in early 2010, according to the company's chief executive and a former company consultant. GFS, as the company is known, designs, manufactures and sells products to convert diesel-fuel fleets to natural gas. The amount of Melgen's investment is confidential under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, but a 2009 document filed with the SEC showed the company required a minimum individual investment at that time of $51,500.
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There is no evidence that Menendez offered direct help or intervened on behalf of the company or Melgen. Instead, the connection between the two men's interests in natural gas is the latest example of the close symmetry between the senator - who recently rose to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - and his millionaire backer. It illustrates the way Menendez's political clout has at times overlapped with Melgen's financial investments.
In recent weeks, Menendez has acknowledged other dealings with Melgen. Menendez was compelled to reimburse $58,000 for two flights aboard Melgen's private jet that he had previously failed to report, prompting scrutiny by the Senate Ethics Committee. Menendez also acknowledged that his office had contacted U.S. health agencies in 2009 and 2012 to question their billing practices and policies amid a dispute between Melgen, an eye specialist, and federal health authorities. FBI agents in January searched Melgen's offices in Florida and seized files as part of a criminal investigation.
Menendez also raised concerns last year with State and Commerce Department officials about the Dominican Republic's reluctance to enforce a port security contract with a company that Melgen partly owns.
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Melgen has never discussed his involvement with Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. with either Sen. Menendez or his staff."
An SEC document filed last week by GFS showed that Melgen remains on the company's board of directors. An earlier document filed by the firm in May 2011 was the first to show Melgen as a director. That SEC record showed a $6 million investment in the firm from two unnamed individuals.
The company's top executive, Ken Green, said Melgen is a key investor but has had no influence on the company's decision-making and has not attended any director's meetings since he joined the firm.
"Dr. Melgen hasn't ever been to our offices, not once," Green told the AP.
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But in 2010, when Melgen first invested in GFS, the firm was actively considering marketing its natural gas engine devices for on-road vehicles.
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Melgen has made investments in health-related companies since the 1990s, according to SEC reports, but his GFS stake is his only evident natural gas-related investment.
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By early 2010, when Melgen formally joined GFS, Menendez had already taken on a key role in backing the natural gas bill, joining Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Sen.
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Both Muller and Melgen also have fundraising ties to Menendez. Muller gave $5,000 to Menendez' New Jersey Senate re-election campaign in 2011. Melgen has been a staunch supporter, giving more than $14,000 directly to Menendez since the late 1990s and, through his eye clinic, donating $700,000 last year to a "super" political committee that supported Democratic Senate candidates.
The Times has another story today ...
www.philly.com, 11 Feb 2013 [cached]
The Times has another story today about efforts from Menendez's office to help the senator's friend and donor Salomon Melgen.
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It has now been nearly two weeks since the Jan. 30 FBI raid on Melgen's South Florida offices that first raised questions about the ties between the Democratic senator and big-spending donor, and stories about the two keep coming.
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But they all questioned what else might come out, and if it would appear to be something more sinister than an accounting oversight -- as Menendez has characterized his two-year delay in repaying Melgen $58,500 for the two roundtrip flights on the doctor's private plane.
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The Times has now written twice about Menendez's effort to help Melgen, an eye doctor who also had a stake in a security company with a contract to screen cargo at Dominican ports.
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It's unclear if the FBI probe is looking at him, or is focusing on Melgen.
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The Times report comes days after the Washington Post reported that Menendez also questioned federal officials about how they were dealing with Melgen in a dispute over $8.9 million in Medicare charges from Melgen's office.
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On Sunday the Star-Ledger showed that Melgen, who lives in South Florida, sent generous checks to Democratic committees in Camden, Passaic, Essex and Union counties.
PGA Community News - April '12
www.seabreezepublications.com, 1 April 2012 [cached]
A cornea specialist recommended she see Dr. Melgen at the Melgen Retina Eye Center. Standing nearby, while Dr. Melgen examined his wife, the doctor noticed something peculiar in the way that Russel looked at him and asked to examine him also.
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Dr. Melgen told me `I'm not asking you for any money. Have a seat.' In addition to the diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Melgen also found that Russel had the beginnings of macular degeneration. and have been legally blind for 40 years," says Russel.
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Dr. Melgen was able to remove all the scar tissue and the white mass that was floating in my eye.
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Dr. Melgen began Russel's care with a series of laser treatments.
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"The laser targets and seals the problem blood vessels without distressing the surrounding retinal area," explains Dr. Melgen. "The medications that work well to treat macular degeneration have also been shown to work for diabetic retinopathy. I have a lot of experience with this treatment and have done it with most of my diabetic patients. Russel can't say enough about Dr. Melgen and his staff.
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"It's frightening to think you might lose your sight, but it's a very pleasant experience to go to Dr. Melgen. His whole team treats you well right from the beginning and they know and understand what you're going through. You don't feel like you're being handled. You feel like someone special. "I look forward to seeing Dr. Melgen," continues Russel.
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"Dr. Melgen is an absolute angel. He's magic. Se Habla Español Macular Degeneration | Macular Edema | Diabetic Retinopathy Macular Puckers/Macular Holes | Flashers and Floaters RETINA EYE CENTER Retinal Detachment | Retinal Vein Occlusions T r e aT m e n T opTions include.... Vitrectomy Surgery | Retinal Surgery | Laser Surgery Sutureless "No Stitch" | Vitrectomy Surgery Pneumatic Retinopexy | AntiAngiogenic Drug Injections The area's leading retina treatment center serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast 2521 Metrocentre Blvd., West Palm Beach 561.687.0007 3 More Convenient Locations in Port St. Lucie, Delray Beach/Boca Raton & Wellington For more information, visit the Melgen Retina Eye Center at www.melgeneyecenter.com Salomon Melgen, M.D., a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, completed his VitreoRetinal Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where he became Chief Fellow of his program at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a founding donor of the American Retina Foundation and a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Board of Eye Surgery, and Florida Society of Ophthalmology, and has been awarded the Patients' Choice Award for four consecutive years and is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. Page 22, PGA C.A.N.!
Vitreo-Retinal Consultants
www.greatscottfilm.com, 2 May 2011 [cached]
About Dr. Melgen
Dr Melgen, an outstanding retina specialist and recognized expert in his field, treats those who suffer from Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Detached Retinas, Torn Retinas, Flashes and Floaters, and other eye related diseases. Dr Melgen is the only Hispanic Ophthalmologist in Palm Beach, St Lucie, and Martin Counties, nurturing both Spanish and English speaking patients with his bilingual staff.
Dr. Salomon Melgen
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He believes that having perfect vision enables one to capture all of life’s beauty in detail . He places the patient’s interest at the core of his practice. Patients consider Dr Melgen an extremely compassionate physician.
ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr Melgen graduated summa cum laude from Dominican Republic’s National University, and since has been practicing for 17 years. Dr Melgen was a resident in surgery at the Miami Heart Institute and St Francis Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida. He then served his internship at Yale University in Connecticut. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City from 1981 to 1984, and was chief resident from 1983 to 1984.
In 1984, Dr. Melgen was accepted as a Fellow of Vitreoretinal Diseases at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Eye Research Institute and Retina Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. While there, he became the Chief Fellow from 1985 to 1986.
The late Governor Chiles greatly appreciated Dr Melgen services and expertise, and appointed him Chairman of the Physician Advisory Board for the state of Florida. Dr. Melgen is also the recipient of the highest honor from the government of the Dominican Republic for his impressive work throughout his career.
REPUTATION
He has treated many well-respected individuals including Presidents, Governors, politicians, celebrities, and actors. Many of Dr Melgen’s patients travel far distances to see him because of his reputation and skill. He has developed a widely respected international reputation. Dr Melgen patients have claimed to have experience superior treatment and had incredible results.
Dr Melgen has consistently contributed to charitable organizations and causes throughout his career. He established a team of medical professionals who travel to the Dominican Republic to provide complete eye care to the underprivileged population and to provide training to their medical doctors. Dr Melgen advises domestic and foreign politicians on health issues, in attempt to improve community health care.
INVOLVEMENTS
Dr Melgen is a Director of the American Board of Eye Surgery , and is a Clinical Scientific Associate at the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology , and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is also a distinguished member of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology , and the Schepens International Society. Dr Melgen is Chairman of the board, and one of the founders of the Latin American Medical Society. He has served as a Board Member of the Palm Beach Council of the Arts, the Hispanic Cultural Arts Council and the Kravis Cultural Center. He is also Chief Ophthalmologist at the St Mary’s Hospital.
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