Our Doctors

Our Board Certified Eye Physicians and Surgeons have been serving the eye care needs of Pittsburgh and its eastern suburbs for over 50 years.

Please scroll down the page to see the biographies of each of our doctors.

BrownJoel D. Brown M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Brown was born in Oklahoma, but spent the majority of his childhood in Latrobe, PA where he completed high school.  He split his undergraduate years between DenisonUniversity and the University of London where he completed a B.S. in chemistry.  He returned to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating in 1990.  Following completion of medical school, Dr. Brown completed his first graduate year in Internal Medicine at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.  Dr. Brown then spent the following year as a research fellow at the University of Kentucky where he stayed to complete his specialty training in Ophthalmology.  Dr. Brown was Chief Resident during his last year at the University of Kentucky.  He returned home in 1996 and joined Medical and Surgical Eye Associates.  He is board certified in Ophthalmology and an elected fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Brown is also directly involved in teaching the residents at UPMC Eye and Ear Hospital where he is a Clinical Instructor.  He has also been a surgical tutor over the past 8 years for the ophthalmology residents at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oakland.  During his research years, he had several abstracts and articles published in the development and testing of the gancyclovir implant for CMV retinitis.  He has spoken at national meetings including ARVO and CLAO.

Dr. Brown now practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a subspecialty in cataract and refractive surgery including LASIK.  All refractive procedures are performed at the LaserCenter at UPMC Eye and Ear Institute using the VISX laser system.  He is an active staff member at UPMC Presbyterian University/Montefiore Hospitals, UPMCShadysideHospital, UPMC St. Margarets Medical Center, and the Western Pennsylvania Hospital-Allegheny Health System. He operates at UPMC Monroeville Surgery Center and the Waterfront Surgery Center in Homestead.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Allegheny County Medical Society.

HolstSeth A. Holst, M.D.

Dr. Holst was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to the Pittsburgh area early in his childhood.  He was raised in Monroeville, and is a graduate of Gateway High School.  He completed his undergraduate education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in Biology/Vertebrate Physiology.  He received his M.D. degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  After completing his internship year at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, he moved to the Washington, DC area, where he spent three years in the Ophthalmology residency program of Georgetown University.  Upon completion of his Ophthalmology training, he joined a general ophthalmology practice in Rockville, MD, where he practiced for three years.

Dr. Holst moved back home to Pittsburgh, and joined Medical and Surgical Eye Associates in 2005.  He is a board certified Ophthalmologist, and a staff member at UPMC Presbyterian University/Montefiore Hospitals, UPMC Shadyside Hospital and West Penn Allegheny Health System. He is also on the staff of the UPMC Monroeville Surgery Center and the Waterfront Surgery Center .  He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society.

Michaela M. Hickey, D.O.

Dr. Hickey was born and raised in Michigan, where she graduated from West Bloomfield High School. She then went on to attend Michigan State University where she earned a bachelors in Science at the Lymann Briggs College of MSU. She later moved to Erie, PA to attend medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing her medical school training, she returned to Michigan where she completed a residency in Ophthalmology through Michigan State University / Beaumont Health System. She served as Chief resident in her final year of training. Dr.Hickey is board certified in Ophthalmology.

Dr.Hickey practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a sub-specialty in cataract surgery. She also specializes in cosmetic and functional oculoplastics services including blepharoplasty, fillers, and botox injections.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,the Pennsylvania Medical Society,the Allegheny County Medical Society,the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society, the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and the American Osteopathic Association.

MikullaJohn M. Mikulla M.D., F.A.C.S.
Emeritus

Dr. Mikulla, now retired, is a native of the Pittsburgh area, having received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1974.  After a year in Washington, D.C. where he completed medical internship training at the George Washington University Hospital and attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, he returned to Pittsburgh to complete his Ophthalmology specialty training at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology Eye and Ear Hospital.  He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and an elected Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Over his years in practice Dr. Mikulla had been active in various professional and civic organizations.  He is past president of the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society, an organization of over 120 Ophthalmologists from the tri-state area.  He has held an academic appointment of Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he taught medical students and served as instructor of eye surgery in the resident training program.  He has been an invited speaker at various community groups throughout the Pittsburgh area and has served as past president of the Forest Hills Lions Club.

He is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Allegheny County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  Dr. Mikulla does eye surgery at the UPMC Surgery Center in Monroeville and the Waterfront Surgery Center in Homestead.  He also has active staff privileges at the UPMC Eye and Ear Institute and the UPMC Presbyterian/Montefiore  Hospitals, UPMC Shadyside Hospital and West Penn Allegheny Health System.