History of Joffe MediCenter
When you choose Joffe Custom LASIK, you are choosing a laser vision correction provider that cares about you, and your vision. Our vision teams consist of experienced medical professionals that have one goal in mind: great care and great outcomes for every patient. They are commonly described as caring, compassionate and genuinely interested in the well-being of every patient.
Joffe MediCenter: A family & physician-owned company committed to patient care
Joffe MediCenter was founded in late 2007 by Stephen N. Joffe, M.D., and his son, Craig. Stephen Joffe, M.D. FACS is the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LCA-Vision, Inc., one of the leading providers of laser vision correction services in the United States under the LasikPlus brand.
Needless to say, from a relatively young age, Craig Joffe grew up thinking about laser vision correction, particularly after he, too, had LASIK in 1999 and was able to enjoy his world free of the hassle of glasses and contacts. Craig was on the Board of Directors of LCA-Vision in its infancy from 1995-1997 while completing his studies at Harvard Law School. After a number of years working in corporate finance in New York and London – first as a business attorney and then for a large media and entertainment company – Craig followed his passion and moved with his family back to Cincinnati in March 2003 to work with his father to grow LCA-Vision.
The commitment to passion quality of care that has been a
cornerstone of Dr. Joffe’s career for over four decades was both successfully passed onto, and shared with deep conviction by, Craig. It was with much excitement that Joffe MediCenter was born, initially launching in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. With a philosophy based on the “Basics” – providing exceptional patient quality of care, customer service “worthy of a referral,” and great Value – Joffe MediCenter has selectively and strategically expanded to several other markets, providing thousands of patients the amazing Gift of Sight.
With decades of collective experience and a deep, genuine commitment to our patients, we invite you to contact us, so you, too, can SEE yourself why Joffe MediCenter is the preferred choice for Custom LASIK.
Steve & Craig Joffe
Stephen Joffe, M.D. FACS is the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LCA-Vision, Inc., one of the leading providers of laser vision correction services in the United States. Formerly a practicing general surgeon and tenured, full professor at The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Dr. Joffe recognized in the mid-1970s the revolutionary role of laser technology in significantly advancing patient care across medical disciplines.
In addition to founding a successful laser technology device company, Dr. Joffe went on to establish a professional management company that assisted hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States in managing their laser and minimally invasive surgery programs. The company continued to pioneer the multi-specialty laser surgery center business, and by the mid-1990s had implemented over 80 hospital-based multi-specialty surgery programs.
Dr. Joffe became interested in the application of laser technology in ophthalmology in 1991, immediately after the approval of the first laser to perform laser vision correction procedures in Canada was approved. Upon approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States of the initial laser vision correction treatment in 1995, Dr. Joffe opened the first laser vision correction center in the United States at LCA Vision’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati.In 1996, LCA-Vision began its expansion efforts, and in 1998 LCA Vision began to market its services to consumers under the LasikPlus brand.
Craig Joffe is Chief Executive Officer of Joffe MediCenter. Renowned for his boundless energy, Craig was named one of the top young CEOs in the United States by Forbes in 2006.
Craig previously served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of LCA Vision (NASDAQ LCAV) from March 2006 through November 2006. Prior to his resignation in March 2007, Craig also served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of LCA Vision from 2005, and as a director of the Board of LCA Vision from 2004. In addition to his executive and operational roles, Craig was primarily responsible for managing physician recruitment, human resources, legal and risk management, and external partner relationships.
Prior to joining LCA Vision, Craig served as Assistant General Counsel of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ IACI), a leading publicly traded interactive commerce company. He also worked as a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance attorney for Sullivan & Cromwell, based both in New York and London, England.
Craig graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, where he studied history and cultural anthropology.
Craig is proud to partner with his father, Dr. Stephen Joffe, to grow Joffe MediCenter based on the “Basics” – exceptional patient quality of care, customer service “worthy of a referral,”and great Value. Needless to say, both Craig and his wife – among countless family members, friends, and colleagues – are thankful every day for the opportunity LASIK has provided them to enjoy their world free of the hassle of glasses and contacts.