Meet OOMC’s Physician Recruiter, Ryan Holcombe

February 20, 2020


OOMC is built upon a desire to grow partnerships with surgical ophthalmic practices who share a similar vision for providing medical and surgical solutions in eye care. Together, we partner with referring physicians to recommend treatment plans for patients looking for consultation, innovative eye care solutions or medical and cosmetic eye surgery.

OOMC’s Physician Recruiter, Ryan Holcombe, leads the ophthalmologist and optometrist recruiting across all OOMC brands. He ensures OOMC has the highest caliber of clinical talent to expand sub-specialty services and meet patient demand. He manages relationships with faculty at leading fellowship and residency programs, partners with ophthalmology associations and directs professional recruiting events.
We sat down with Ryan, to discuss his position, his challenges and why he believes that OOMC stands out among the other private ophthalmic groups in the area.

As head of physician recruiting for a private equity fund in the Ophthalmology space, what is most important to you when looking for ideal candidates?

I look for talented ophthalmologists who want to maximize their time in the operating room and are motivated to increase their surgical volume. Our surgeons are free from many burdens of practice management and we heavily invest in growing their career with our unique model. The best candidates understand how to leverage our support and can hit the ground running.

For optometrists, I need to see the experience and passion for practicing full scope optometry. Our optometrists independently treat many ocular diseases and partner with our ophthalmologists to co-manage surgical cases. We require an advanced clinical skillset that is hard to find!

What do you find most challenging?

Finding physicians who have the drive and capability to practice at the top of their license. We want all of our physicians to utilize their clinical skillset to the highest level and we enable our staff to do the tasks that do not require a physician. This frees up more time for actual patient care, and consequently physicians must maximize their availability to schedule patients. Surgeons will need to rotate at a few satellite offices and offer patient care hours outside the normal Monday – Friday, 9 to 5.

What’s the biggest differentiator for OOMC?

OOMC excels at supporting physicians to maximize their career, which is exemplified by our excellent physician retention. Our optometric referral network and in-house marketing team are some of our best assets for our surgeons. They enable new physicians to ramp up quickly and build a busy practice much faster and more efficiently than the average group. We offer a wealth of support to our physicians including techs, scribes and all facets of practice management. These resources allow our physicians to focus on being clinicians.

Where do you see the industry in 5 years?

The national retail optometry chains will continue to expand and focus on growing their core business of optical shops. LASIK eye surgery and the refractive business will continue to shrink and then reach a steady state. Due to the advantages of size, ophthalmology groups will grow and consolidate. I also foresee more adoption of the co-management model among ophthalmologists and optometrists due to the inherit efficiencies. Many retail optometry chains are not setup for participating in the co-management model and I expect ophthalmology practices to welcome more optometrists into their groups as support for co-management grows.

Ryan’s Background

Prior to joining OOMC, Ryan recruited physicians in emergency medicine, critical care, pediatrics, and internal medicine. He started his recruiting career in the scientific and pharmaceutical industries in 2009. He also has a background in clinical and scientific research from his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.
Ryan graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences. He is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at Rutgers University.

Ryan has a son and daughter. He enjoys kitesurfing, snowboarding, fishing, cooking and traveling.

For information regarding our current physician openings, please visit our careers portal. You can also directly reach out to Ryan at 646-484-1167 or ryan.holcombe@oomc.com.

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