Shelby R. Wilkes, M.D.,MBA

Shelby R. Wilkes, M.D.,MBA

Shelby R. Wilkes, M.D.,MBA, Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Dr. Wilkes graduated in three years from Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, Mississippi with a B.S. degree in biology, summa cum laude, 1971.

He received his M.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland in 1975.

He performed his internship-residency year in Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in Rochester, New York in 1976.

In addition he completed his residency in ophthalmology, in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota in 1979. He was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmic Alumni Award in 1979.

Dr. Wilkes completed his fellowship in surgery and diseases of the retina and vitreous, departments of ophthalmology, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1981. In addition he served on the Staff of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1983.

Dr. Wilkes is a vitreoretinal surgeon who specializes in treating diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous including diabetic retinopathy. He has published numerous articles in scientific ophthalmology journals and he was the principal investigator of the first statewide diabetic retinopathy screening study performed in the United States, in Georgia. He coauthored one of the first published studies on the Incidence of Uveal Malignant Melanoma in the Resident Population of Olmsted County Minnesota in 1979, American Journal of Ophthalmology. This study established the fact the incidence of uveal malignant was 7/ million/year, rather than the previously published incidence of 200 to 600/ million per year. In addition, he was the first African American member of the Vitreous Society, (now named the American Society of Retina Specialists).

He has given numerous presentations locally, nationally, and internationally on retinal diseases including surgery, including Paris, France, and Montreal, Canada.

He received his MBA degree from the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, in 1998. He has been inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Society and Dr. Wilkes is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society (one of the oldest and most selective honors society in the U.S.). Moreover, he has been listed in Marquis’ 2001-2002 32nd edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.

Dr. Wilkes serves as a deacon at Zion Hill Baptist Church, a member of the advisory board, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, as a member of the advisory board (and currently, the chairman of the audit committee and vice-chairman of the board of directors) at Capitol City Bank, member of the Dean’s Council, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; assistant clinical professors of Surgery and Ophthalmology, Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine, respectively. Finally he was recently selected for a second three-year term on The Alumni Council (its governing body) of The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, which has over140,000 members.

In March 2010, he was selected to serve on the board of directors of the Alcorn State University Foundation, Inc., where he is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the committee to erect a statue, honoring the noted civil rights leader, Medgar W. Evers, an Alcorn Alumnus. The statue was officially unveiled at Alcorn State University, on June 13, 2013. Moreover, he currently serves as chairman of the Morris Brown College Foundation, Inc. and he is a member of the Resources Development Committee, Board of Trustees, Morris Brown College.

Dr. Wilkes remains active in his practice-limited to surgery and diseases of the retinal and vitreous including diabetic retinopathy.

In 2009, Dr. Wilkes was certified as an executive managerial coach. During 2010, in addition, to his current responsibilities, he served as a Managerial coach in the Executive MBA Program at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.

As President of the Atlanta Medical Association in 1992 during community service and his work and involvement in Healthy People 2000, he received a citation from the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, U.S Secretary of Health and Human Services.