Comprehensive Care For All Life Stages


       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.



 Name:                                              Martin S. Arkin

  Citizenship:                                     United States

  Present Address:                             10161 E. Pickwick Ct., Ste C

                                                           Traverse City, MI  49684



    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

                                       Jamaica 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

Research Projects 

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.


Graduate Study:  

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.


Fellowship Research:

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

Professional Affiliation:

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)


Research Support:

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)



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)



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)



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.