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E. Franklin Rawlings, M.D.

E. Franklin Rawlings, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board-certified ophthalmologist with more than 33 years of experience in medical and surgical eye care.  He has lived and practiced in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area since 1979, with offices in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula.

Dr. Rawlings was the first physician in Mississippi to perform PRK and LASIK.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Tulane Medical School.  After completing his residency at Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, he chose to complete an additional year of fellowship training at the LSU Eye Center.  Dr. Rawlings has been associated with the teaching program at Tulane University Department of Ophthalmology as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology since 1995 and currently is an attending surgeon at University Hospital in New Orleans.  Dr. Rawlings has also been an Assistant Clinical of Ophthalmology at the LSU Department of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Rawlings is actively involved in resident teaching of all forms of all forms of eye surgery.

Holly Bowie, O.D.

Holly E. Bowie, O.D., is a therapeutic optometrist and a Mississippi native.  She and her family currently reside in Ocean Springs.  Dr. Bowie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts.  She is an honors graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.  She is a member of the Mississippi Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, New Orleans Area Contact Lens Association, and Women of Vision.  She has volunteered her time with medical missions in Guatemala and Peru.

Dr. Bowie is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of all eye diseases and disorders. She has developed special interest and expertise in the correction of all refractive eye disorders – nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Larry Ferdinand, Jr., M.D.

Larry Ferdinand, Jr., MD
Dr. Larry Ferdinand, Jr. is board eligible ophthalmologist.  He was born and raised in Shreveport, LA.  He is the youngest of five with four older sisters.  He received his diploma from C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.  During his senior year, he was elected to be on the All-State Academic football team.  He finished cum laude from Xavier University of LA with a major in biology/pre-med in 2001.  After finishing his undergraduate education, he worked two years in biomedical research on prostate cancer at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport in which he publish three articles that were accepted into scientific journals. He went on to complete his medical training at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC in 2007.  Also, he finished his preliminary medicine internship at Howard University Hospital along with his ophthalmology training in 2011.  He is a member of the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Ferdinand practices comprehensive ophthalmology and specializes in cataract surgery.  He likes spending time with his family and friends.  He enjoys mentoring, community service, and his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. And yes, he is a SAINTS fan!

Wright Lauten, M.D.

Dr. Wright Lauten, M.D. is originally from Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Lauten sought to pursue a degree in economics at Vanderbilt, but soon realized that his true calling in life was to help people get better. Hailing from a long line of physicians — four generations to be exact — he knew that the power of healing ran in his blood.

Fueling his passion within his practice, Dr. Lauten found inspiration in his
three grandparents, all of whom have suffered from macular degeneration — two legally blind from its effects. This close bond with family and strong desire to help others were the driving force behind pursuing ophthalmology, and later vitreoretinal surgery. When it comes to treating his patients with care and respect, Dr. Lauten simply
can't help himself. He is devoted to helping and caring for people. An avid researcher, he contributes to the wealth of knowledge at national and international
conferences for his findings with patients suffering from diabetes and macular degeneration.
He embraces the idea of delivering visionary retina care to his patients.

  • Joined Retina Specialty Institute in 2011
  • Board certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Investigator in ophthalmic clinical trials
  • Attending, Callahan Eye Foundation Emergency Department
  • Attending of vitreoretinal surgery, Birmingham Veteran Affairs Medical Center
  • Clinical instructor of resident training, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Residency in ophthalmology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • M.D., South Alabama College of Medicine (scholarship)
  • B.S., Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Vanderbilt University