Dr. Martin S. Arkin

M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Arkin was born in Detroit in 1958. He attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology with high honors and highest distinction. His college performance and research accomplishments earned him a scholarship for training as a physician-scientist for combined M.D. and PhD. (neuroscience) degrees at Washington University.

After completing an internship in internal medicine, he began an ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, at Harvard University. Cornea subspeciality training followed at Tufts University. His initial attraction to ophthalmology was due to the ability of procedures such as cataract extraction and laser techniques to dramatically restore sight previously lost. Cataracts and corneal problems are major causes of reversible blindness worldwide, and his training has not only proven valuable here, but also on mission trips to India, Central America, South America and the Carribean. He feels that there is no greater satisfaction than watching someone’s face after surgery when they can see again for the first time in years.

As the first corneal specialist in the area, Dr. Arkin feels fortunate to have settled in Traverse City. There has been a great need for his services, and he is pleased to be able to treat complex eye problems locally.

When he is not working, he enjoys many of the outdoor activities that Northern Michigan has to offer such as kayaking, cycling, snowmobiling, canoeing and skiing.


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  • - 1976-1980:
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MI
    B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology
    (High Honors, Highest Distinction).
  • - 1980-1989:
    Washington University Medical School
    Medical Scientist Training Program
    M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience .
  • - 1989-1990:
    Internal Medicine Internship, Faulkner Hospital
    MJamaica Plain, MA.
  • - 1990-1993:
    Ophthalmology Residency
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
  • - 1993:
    Surgical Elective in India (5 weeks)
    Aravind Eye Hospital
    Madurai, India
  • - 1993-1994:
    Cornea Fellowship
    New England Medical Center
    Boston, MA
    Preceptors: Roger Steinert, MD; Michael Raizman, MD; Helen Wu, MD
    Training in refractive surgery, medical and surgical cornea, uveitis, and phacoemulsification
  • - 1995-Present:
    Several surgical trips to Honduras, Haiti, and Peru for charitable surgical missions
  • - 1994-Present:
    Bay Eye Associates - Traverse City, Michigan
    Specializing in Cornea and Anterior Segment
    Staff at Munson Medical Center and Paul Oliver Hospital (Frankfort)
    Board Certified - Ophthalmology
  • - 1978-Summer:
    Biochemical study of folic acid derivatives.
    Preceptor - Dr. R. Matthews, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • - 1978-1980:
    Studied compensatory responses of the CNS to destructive lesions.
    Preceptor - Dr. M. Bromberg, Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • - 1981-Summer:
    Studied lamprey interneurons involved in the generation of swimming movements.
    Preceptor - Dr. Carl Rovainen, Dept. of Physiology, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO.
  • - Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Ph.D. in Neuroscience -completed October 87: "Physiology, Morphology, and Pharmacological Analysis of Synaptic Inputs of Ganglion Cells in the Mudpuppy Retina".
    Research advisor - Dr. Robert Miller, MD.
  • - Clinical study of the correlation of corneal haze with refractive regression after eximer PRK in bilaterally treated eyes.
    Preceptors - Dr. Roger Steinert and Dr. Michael Raizman; Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and New England Medical Center.
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Class Honors-University of Michigan
    James B. Angel Scholar (University of Michigan)
    Graduated with High Honors and Highest Distinction, B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Travel Fellowship
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)
  • 1980-1986 : Medical Scientist Training Program stipend
    1984 : Recipient of Grant #5 T32 GM07200 National Society to Prevent Blindness
    Project entitled: "Synaptic Inputs to Retinal Ganglion and Amacrine cells"
  1. Arkin, M.S. and Steinert, R.F., Secondary Intraocular Lenses. Steinert (ed.), Cataract Surgery - Technique, Complications, and Management, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1994a, Chapter 25, 302.
  2. Arkin, M.S. and Steinert, R.F., Sutured Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lenses, International Ophthalmology Clinics, (1994b).
  3. Arkin, M.S., Steinert, R.F. and Raizman, M.B., Predictive Value of First Eye Excimer PRK Data for the Second Myopic Eye; Analysis of Refractive Changes and Haze Response, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 35/4 (1994) 2142.
  4. Arkin, M.S., Azar, D. and Fraioli, A., Infantile Cataracts, International Ophthalmology Clinics, 32 (1992) 107-119.
  5. Arkin, M.S. and Miller, R.F., Mudpuppy Retinal Ganglion Cell Morphology Revealed by an HRP Impregnation Technique Which Provides Golgi-Like Staining, Journal of Comparative Neurology, 270 (1988a) 185-208.
  6. Arkin, M.S. and Miller, R.F., Bipolar origin of synaptic inputs to sustained Off ganglion cells in the mudpuppy retina, Journal of Neurophysiology, 60 (1988b) 1122-1142.
  7. Arkin, M.S. and Miller, R.F., Synaptic inputs and morphology of sustained On ganglion cells in the mudpuppy retina, Journal of Neurophysiology, 60 (1988c) 1143-1159.
  8. Arkin, M.S. and Miller, R.F., Subtle Actions of 2-amino-4-phosphonobutyrate (APB) on the Off pathway in the mudpuppy retina, Brain Research, 426 (1987) 142-148.
  9. Arkin, M.S. and Miller, R.F., Golgi-like staining of ganglion cells using transported HRP, Invest. Ophthal. Vis. Sci. ARVO Suppl., 27 (1986) 283.
  10. Bromberg, M. and Arkin, M.S., Preservation of physical dimensions in a model of reactive synaptogenesis in the red nucleus, Brain Research, 276 (1983) 154-158.
  11. Miller, R.F., Coleman, P. and Arkin, M.S., THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF THE INNER RETINA; Structure Function Relationships of Sustained On Ganglion Cells of the Mudpuppy Retina Springer-Verlag, New York, 1988.