Dr. Mark Jaggers, 1965-2012, was an outstanding ophthalmic surgeon who joined our medical group practice during 2009. He was extremely proud of the care he provided for all of his patients, especially his cataract surgery patients. He was even more proud, that with our help, he was able to become the first ophthalmologist to keep regular offices hours in Bullitt County, which, until his arrival, had traditionally remained underserved for care and treatment of eye diseases and surgery.
Dr Jaggers leaves behind his wife, son, daughter, mother and brother. Dr Jaggers had a passion for golf, tennis, Purdue University sports and University of Louisville sports. However his biggest enjoyment was in spending time with his family and watching his son and daughter participate in sports.
After graduating from Jeffersontown High School in 1983, he attended Purdue University on an Air Force scholarship to study Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was trained to fly the Air Force satellite system called the Global Positioning System (GPS). He wanted to fly high performance aircraft and after three years on active duty was sent by the Air Force to be in the most elite pilot training program in Texas to train with other NATO pilots. He became a distinguished graduate and went on to fly the largest airplane in the Western world, the C-5 galaxy. While living in Delaware, he had the opportunity to fly around the world supporting National Defense and United Nations missions.
His Air Force career abruptly ended when he was diagnosed with cancer. Physicians at the famed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston helped save his life and inspire a career in medicine. He returned to Kentucky and attended the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine where he chose ophthalmology in order to use skills to fullest extent while making a difference in lives of others.
During Dr. Jaggers time with The Eye Care Institute he became known to us as most importantly, as a compassionate surgeon, but also as a gregarious guy who liked to talk about sports and tell stories about his Air Force days. He endured cancer setbacks during the past few years, but he knew his medical condition was deteriorating starting during February of this year. He quickly put his effort into writing a private 20 chapter memoir for his children, so they would know his story, struggles and joys. During April he underwent aggressive treatment and was able to return to work for a few weeks. On May 4th he was too ill to continue. Dr Jaggers passed away on July 13, 2012.
The Eye Care Institute will be closed on Monday July 16, 2012 to celebrate his life and so that our doctors and staff may attend the funeral. As always, if you have a vision threatening emergency, our answering service will be on call. Our doctors will check with the service to return your call after the service ends.