Meet Dr. Kirk Scattergood, ophthalmologist
Fri, Jul 16, 2021
Dr. Kirk Scattergood, an ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists, has treated a variety of patients with eye issues over his 30-year tenure. However, his most notable experience was with a WWII veteran, many years ago.
“He was involved in a training accident during the second World War,” Scattergood says. “A grenade went off close to him. He lost one eye and had pretty significant injuries to the other eye. They were able to patch him back together, but he was blind.”
At the time, Scattergood was completing his residency at the University of Virginia. This was one of his early times making an impact in a patient’s life. It was humbling – a feeling he grew fond of.
“I looked at him and said, ‘You know, this eye is badly damaged but it’s not that badly damaged.’ And he had no lens in his eye. We had just gotten this new tool called the YAG laser. I said, ‘Maybe, just maybe, we can cut that membrane with the eye laser and we could give him some thick glasses and we could get some vision out of this.’”
The procedure was a success. Scattergood helped restore much of the man’s sight.
“He could see the big E at the end of the room. He hadn’t seen a letter in 40 years and he just broke down. It completely changed his life. I still choke up thinking about that situation. It was astounding.”
Scattergood’s interest in ophthalmology sparked during his third year of medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
He formed a close bond with ophthalmology professor, Dr. David L. Guyton, who influenced his decision to pursue a career in ophthalmology. The two bonded over the ‘cool technology’ that he was developing for eye treatments.
One of Scattergood’s favorite things about ophthalmology is the evolving techniques and technology used to treat eye issues.
Following his medical degree, Scattergood completed his internal medicine internship at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Scattergood is also fellowship trained in the retina and vitreous from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, Canada.
Afterwards, he and his wife, who he met in medical school, moved to Ohio. He worked at an ophthalmology practice there for three years before moving to Wisconsin.
Scattergood practiced with the Green Bay Eye Clinic and played an instrumental role in the development of BayCare Clinic.
“There was about eight of us that worked together. I was doing retina with Brian Perkovich and all the rest of the gang. About 100 doctors banded together and we did a joint venture with Aurora to build the hospital. And then BayCare Clinic came into being and we never looked back.”
Scattergood’s favorite part about being an ophthalmologist is making a difference in his patient’s lives. It’s hard to believe that he almost pursued a different career.
“I studied engineering at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I’m a pretty technical guy. A lot of my family members are engineers. I have an uncle and a great uncle who were prominent engineers in their day. My brother’s an engineer.”
Now as a family made up of mainly engineers, physicians and teachers in the 21st century, that wasn’t always the case.
“My dad had been from a family of farmers. They had run the same farm for over 300 years since colonial times. The first 18 years of my life I lived in southern New Jersey on a farm. We earned our living running 500 acres of grain and vegetables.”
Outside of diagnosing and treating patients, Scattergood enjoys downhill skiing, cross country skiing and water sports. He and his wife just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and are newly grandparents.
Dr. Kirk Scattergood is an ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He sees patients in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay.
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