Salute to Health Care Honors Dr. Tom Prater of Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

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The award ceremony took place on October 25 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center, where Prater, and a select group of allied health care professionals were recognized for their contributions to health care in the community.

Thomas G. Prater, MD, FACS

Mattax Neu Prater eye surgeon Thomas G. Prater, MD, FACS, is one of only two physicians recently honored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Business Journal as part of the annual Salute to Health Care.

“These top specialists make health care tick across the region…set the standard and raise the bar for health care,” says Eric Olson, Editorial Director of the Springfield Business Journal.

The award ceremony took place on October 25 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center, where Prater, and a select group of allied health care professionals were recognized for their contributions to health care in the community.

“There aren’t many things that have a more positive impact on a person than restoring the good vision they need to stay active and engaged in all that life has to offer,” Prater said in accepting the award. “I feel privileged to be able to help.”

Following graduation from Glendale High School, Dr. Prater went on to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and then to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Prater and his wife Kim, a radiologist, returned to Springfield after he completed specialty training in Ophthalmology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He practiced with his father, ophthalmologist Dr. Bill Prater, before partnering with Drs. James Mattax and Ken and Leo Neu to found Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center.

As a founding board member of the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks, and the current president of the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, Prater’s contributions to the community and influence extend beyond health care. For the past 10 years, his position as examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology has extended his influence in the Ophthalmology professional community as well.

Prater’s role in making innovative eye care available in the community is evident at Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center, where his partners share his vision and leadership. The practice is well-known for its eye surgery center and bringing state-of-the-art of vision correction technology to the region, such as LASIK, same-day surgery for cataracts, and advanced replacement lens implants.

As a practicing ophthalmologist with a busy schedule, Prater is continually reminded of why he became an eye surgeon. “Every time I see a patient, it brings to mind what an incredible privilege it is to be able to help,” he said.

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