ABOUT

Patrick Hageman, M.D.

Patrick Hageman, M.D. is a comprehensive ophthalmologist Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He specializes in advanced cataract surgery techniques, which include laser cataract surgery, premium intraocular lenses to correct astigmatism and lenses to allow for reading vision. Dr. Hageman is also trained to perform various eyelid and glaucoma procedures including the implantation of the Ex-PRESS glaucoma mini-shunt and iStent.

After graduating with honors from Luther College in Decorah, IA, Dr. Hageman received his doctorate (M.D.) from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, the only medical school honor society. Dr. Hageman completed his medical internship at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Following his internship he attended the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He served a one-year active duty tour in the Republic of Korea as the Squadron Medical Element Chief of the 36th Fighter Squadron. He completed the remainder of his four-year active duty service at Charleston Air Force Base, SC during which time he served tours of duty for both Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Dr. Hageman was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, and twice awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service.

Following military service, Dr. Hageman completed his ophthalmology training at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Hageman has participated in several clinical research projects, which have been presented at national ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Hageman was also the recipient of the Storm Eye Institute Program Director’s Award, which is given to the resident physician who best displays the behaviors and attitudes each of us looks for in our own personal physician.

Dr. Hageman believes in providing state of the art medical and surgical eye care in a compassionate patient-centered style that is hard to find in today’s busy medical practices.

Eric Bifolck, PA-C

Eric Bifolck, PA-C is a certified Physician Assistant (“PA”) that was born and raised in Massachusetts.
After graduating magna cum laude from Villanova University, Eric began gathering healthcare experience in various areas of medicine. He spent most of his time as an ophthalmic technician in Boston, MA, where he quickly developed a strong passion for the field of ophthalmology. After moving to North Carolina, he continued working as a technician at a new practice—Kernersville Eye Surgeons.

Following his time at Kernersville Eye Surgeons, Eric pursued his Master of Medical Science degree through the Wake Forest School of Medicine. While at Wake Forest, Eric joined the Student Sight Savers Program and spent time volunteering at various free clinics in the Triad. After graduating with distinction, Eric rejoined Kernersville Eye Surgeons in his new role as a PA. In addition to his general medicine training, Eric became the first ever PA to complete the intensive ophthalmology training program, the Lancaster Course, organized by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Eric has also been involved in various research projects. He has written and presented multiple papers, and he was awarded the Falvey Scholar Award at Villanova University for outstanding undergraduate research. Eric’s most recent ophthalmology-related research entitled “Utility of smartphone imaging for the ophthalmic exam in primary care,” was completed during his time at Wake Forest. His work has been chosen for publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing golf, watching movies, rooting for his favorite Boston sports teams, and spending time with his wife and two energetic dogs.