The Michigan Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery is part of Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, PC and consists of a team of surgeons and physician assistants who are dedicated to the treatment of this disfiguring and vision-threatening disease.

Under the leadership of Dr. Alon Kahana, the team brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience with thyroid eye disease (TED), also known as thyroid orbitopathy or Graves orbitopathy. The team includes Dr. Kahana, Dr. Dianne Schlachter, Dr. Robert Beaulieu and physician assistants Sara Turner and Lindsay El-Awadi.

Dr. Alon Kahana

Dr. Kahana spent the majority of his career on faculty at the University of Michigan, where he earned tenure. Dr. Kahana, a recognized authority on TED, helped to establish the multidisciplinary TED program, ran the orbital disease research lab, and led the development of modern techniques for customized, precision-guided, small incision orbital decompression surgery. His patients travel from across the country to obtain specialized medical and surgical care for TED. Dr. Kahana is also a surgeon-of-last-resort for patients with particularly complex TED, or who have had unsuccessful surgery elsewhere. Dr. Kahana has co-edited several books and written book chapters and journal reviews on the topic of TED. He has also published >60 papers in peer-reviewed journals on the biology and clinical science of orbital disease. An in-demand speaker, Dr. Kahana has lectured widely on orbital disease and TED throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. As a professor at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kahana won numerous research and teaching awards. In his new role leading the Michigan Center for TED, Dr. Kahana continues to study the biology of orbital inflammation while conducting clinical studies that will improve care for the many thousands of patients who suffer from this condition. 

Dr. Dianne Schlachter

Dr. Schlachter is a renowned Michigan orbital surgeon who has spent her career on faculty at the William H. Beaumont Medical School and at Wayne State University Kresge Eye Institute. Over the course of nearly a decade in practice, Dr. Schlachter has built a large TED practice, taking care of hundreds of patients with TED, both surgically and medically. Dr. Schlachter has unique expertise in the cosmetic rehabilitation of patients who suffer from TED. 

Dr. Robert Beaulieu

Dr. Beaulieu is a board-certified ophthalmologist and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, the largest and one of the busiest training programs in the country. Following residency, he completed a two-year fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) through the Kresge Eye Institute and William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Beaulieu has extensive experience in treating patients with TED using surgical and medical approaches.

Sara Turner and Lindsay El-Awadi had spent 2 years partnering with Dr. Kahana at the University of Michigan, providing medical and surgical support to the evaluation and treatment of patients with TED. As oculoplastic PAs, Sara and Lindsay have developed unique expertise in the care of patients with TED, including the management of eye irritation and dryness that often accompany the disease. Leaving the University of Michigan to join Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, Sara and Lindsay work closely with Drs. Kahana and Schlachter to provide coordinated care to patients with TED. With two surgeons and two PAs, there is always someone at the Michigan Center for TED who is available to evaluate patients.

The clinical team of the Michigan Center for TEDOS works closely with endocrinologists, endocrine surgeons and radiologists throughout the region and nationally to coordinate the care of patients with Thyroid Eye Disease. Through extensive and research-driven experience, we can provide patients with TED unmatched care: from supportive care for the symptoms of mild TED, such as eye irritation and tearing, to biological drug infusions for patients with progressive disease, to sophisticated customized surgical care for patients with more advanced and even vision-threatening disease. The goal of treatment is to minimize the risk of progressive disease, while restoring patients to looking, feeling and functioning as they did before.

If you or your loved one suffer from TED, you should ask your doctor to refer you to the Michigan Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery – the only center of its kind in the Midwest.

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