We would like to inform our patients that at the present time we are not scheduling refractive surgery, including LASIK or PRK.  We may resume this in the future.  If you would be interested we can put your name on a call list for when we do offer it again.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  

Thank you for your understanding!


Azar/Filipov M.D., P.A.  complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.  Azar/Filipov M.D., P.A. does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.



James F. Gallagher, M.D.
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Raised in Atlanta, GA, Dr. James F. Gallagher received an engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1983. He then received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA in 1987. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the Chattanooga Unit of the University of Tennessee in 1988 and entered the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Naval Flight Surgeon School in 1989 where he received the Surgeon General Award. He was assigned as flight surgeon to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC where he served with a USMC Harrier squadron and deployed around the world. He returned to training in 1991 and completed residency in Ophthalmology in 1994 at Erlanger Medical Center, Chattanooga Unit, University of Tennessee where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Gallagher was assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, NC, Department of Ophthalmology where he served from 1994-2004, 2006-2009 rising to the rank of Captain in 2004. He held multiple positions there including Department Head Ophthalmology, Director of Refractive Surgery, and Director of Surgical Services. He also served a tour of duty at U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy from 2004-2006 as Department Head of Ophthalmology. After 21 years of service, Captain Gallagher retired from the U.S. Navy in 2009.

Dr. Gallagher specializes in state of the art cataract surgery and the latest techniques in excimer laser vision correction. He has a special interest in laser vision correction applied to the surface of the eye (no flap) having performed over 3000 advanced surface ablation procedures on service members of the armed forces. He is also skilled in an increasingly popular alternative to LASIK known as phakic intraocular lens (Visian Implantable Contact Lens). Dr. Gallagher has 18 years of experience performing strabismus surgery (eye misalignment correction) on pediatric and adult patients. He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Gallagher has office hours in Salisbury, Ocean Pines and Laurel and is accepting new adult and pediatric patients.

Dr. Gallagher enjoys many outdoor activities with his wife and their two sons, particularly jogging, tennis and skiing. He is also an avid golfer.