As a third generation eye physician, it has been my pleasure to serve as a physician and ophthalmologist in our community for the past 35 years. My grandfather was my role model as the caring doctor, but it was my inspirational father, the late Dr. Jerome Fladen, whom I shared in the treatment of thousands of medical and especially surgical care patients for 19 years.

I have had the privilege of meeting many special and giving patients and developing many lifelong friendships. But, now I have elected to pass along my patients to an extension of myself; the wonderfully talented, compassionate and intelligent ophthalmologists at Canton Ophthalmology Associates, Inc., 2600 Tuscarawas St W # 200, Canton, Ohio 44708, (330) 456-0047.

Jamie Zucker, MD
Barbara Barchiesi, MD
Jeff Congeni, MD
Kristi Stalker, OD

These creative individuals have been providing care for my patients both medically and surgically for twenty years, but most especially over the past three years during the time where they have operated on every patient of mine, while I focused on my patients’ postoperative care.

Please know that your medical records are being forwarded to the physicians at Canton Ophthalmology Associates, Inc., Inc. We will be calling you to assist you in making new appointments for those of you who have previously scheduled appointments. If you decide to take on a new physician outside of our practice, then you can follow the traditional routes to have your records transferred.

Over the past 35 years, I have watched many families in the area grow and have shared heartache and joy with thousands of patients. Please know that I appreciate your loyalty throughout the years and will take the memories of all that I have experienced with me into my retirement. I am looking forward to my next journey which will be in a whole new direction.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at 330.489.1441 and speak to Nikolina Markovic, my Practice Administrator or one of our staff with any questions. Your records can be picked up by Dec 28. Phone lines will also be open until then.

My retirement is effective on November 30th, 2017.

Again, thank you for believing in me and the Fladen name and allowing me to provide your eye care needs. I am deeply appreciative of each and every one of you and owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of you who embraced me and allowed me to participate in the health of your eyes.

Please know that my career is entirely due to the loving and unwavering support of my wife Sharon, my 3 sons and their spouses, my 11 blessed grandchildren, as well as the steadfast belief and support in me by my mother, my late father and Sharon’s parents.

With warmest personal regards,


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