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Eye Surgeon Speaks on Creating a Successful Practice

Dr. Amir Arbisser, M.D., member of the State Board of Regents and founding member and president of Eye Surgeons Associates, P.C., a 120 employee multi-subspeciality eye group in Davenport, spoke to a full house at the Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory on the afternoon of April 23.

The presentation was sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center as part of the Sandage Entrepreneurial Speaker Series. In addition to telling his entrepreneurial start-up story, Arbisser shared key factors which he feels have contributed to the success of his medical practice, including capitalizing on strengths of your teams members, utilizing them to the advantage of your company, recognizing and meeting the needs of your customer, and staying one step ahead of the competition in your field of expertise.

More than 100 University of Iowa students and faculty attended the event. Following his presentation, several audience members had the opportunity to speak directly with Dr. Arbisser about his practice and experiences as an entrepreneur.

Dr. Arbisser received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He spent several years at the University of Texas and one year at The University of Iowa. Eye Surgeons Associates, P.C. offers a comprehensive range of medical and surgical eye care providing the finest in eye care from basic eye examinations and optical services to the treatment of the most complicated vision problems.

Established in 1996, JPEC provides a unique opportunity for all UI students to take courses in entrepreneurship and earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in addition to their undergraduate major. The program is broad-based; undergraduate students from the Colleges of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences and Liberal Arts & Sciences can earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in addition to their undergraduate degrees; MBA students can pursue a concentration in entrepreneurship. JPEC partners with the Iowa community colleges to teach entrepreneurship programs statewide, and it offers several programs to foster the development of entrepreneurial skills in Iowa's youth.

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