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The Select Eye Care Team

Select Eye Care is a premier ophthalmology practice in Maryland offering the full spectrum of medical and surgical eye care. Our doctors are experts in their fields, utilizing the latest advancements in the treatment of diseases of the eye, including cataracts, glaucoma, laser vision correction, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and chronic dry eye. Our team of doctors at Select Eye Care has over 50 years of combined experience providing superior patient care, and continuously adopts new technologies in order to offer our patients the latest in high quality eye care treatments. Call us today at 410-821-6400 (Towson) or 410-872-1600 (Elkridge), or use our online appointment request, to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.

Scott LaBorwit, MD

Scott LaBorwit HeadshotDr. Scott LaBorwit, President and Founder of Select Eye Care, is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. LaBorwit is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After completing his ophthalmology residency at the Krieger Eye Institute of Sinai Hospital, Dr. LaBorwit completed a fellowship in glaucoma at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. LaBorwit has lectured nationally and has been published in major peer-reviewed journals, including Ophthalmology and American Journal of Ophthalmology. He has also been a contributing author for teaching textbooks on glaucoma and eye injury.

Dr. LaBorwit currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Part-Time faculty, at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the Clinical Advisory Chair for our Vision Innovation Partners network. 

Samantha Williamson, MD

Samantha Williamson HeadshotDr. Samantha Williamson is a board certified and fellowship-trained corneal, cataract and anterior segment surgeon. She has extensive experience in cataract surgery, including complex cataracts, secondary lens implantation, and advanced lens technology such as toric and multifocal lenses. Dr. Williamson clinically and surgically manages a wide range of corneal disease, including Fuchs dystrophy (corneal swelling), corneal infections and scars, Keratoconus, pterygia (growths on the surface of the eye) and ocular surface tumors, and specializes in corneal transplantation (including PKP, DALK, DSAEK and DMEK) as well as corneal cross-linking. She has a particular interest in bringing relief to dry eye patients via numerous treatment modalities. Her peers selected her as a “Top Doctor” in Baltimore Magazine.

Dr. Williamson graduated cum laude from Princeton University, and attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, CA, where she was voted Intern of the Year. Dr. Williamson completed her Ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and served as Chief Resident in her final year. She then underwent additional training in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, one the premier Cornea departments in the country.

She and her husband are Baltimore natives, and love spending time with their families and children Cleo and Homer. Dr. Williamson is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society. She has presented at major national meetings and is published in the peer-reviewed literature.

Dr. Williamson also practices from one of our partner practices, Baltimore Eye Physicians, who has a location in Baltimore, MD.

Shaivi Patel, MD

Dr Shaivi Patel Headshot Dr. Shaivi Patel is a cataract and refractive surgeon at Select Eye Care. She received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and completed her residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Patel sees patients at our Elkridge location.

Dr. Patel has been involved in several presentations and peer-reviewed publications, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Additionally, Dr. Patel likes to give back to her community through volunteer opportunities with local and national organizations.

In her spare time, Dr. Patel likes hiking, cooking, completing puzzles and playing tennis.


Education & Experience

  • BA, Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark DE, Summa Cum Laude, 2015
  • MD, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
  • Internship, Department of Internal Medicine, Lankenau Medical Center, Main Line Health System, Wynnewood, PA, 2020
  • Residency, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2023

Roma Desai, OD

Roma Desai HeadshotDr. Roma Desai joins the Select Eye Care team after graduating from University of Maryland and Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She also completed her residency in hospital-based optometry at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Desai has presented lectures to doctors of optometry and has earned numerous accolades and awards for both academic achievement as well as clinical excellence. She is a member of the Maryland Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.


Soraiya Thura, MD

Soraiya Thura HeadshotDr. Soraiya Thura, MD, is a board-eligible and fellowship-trained associate at Select Eye Care who specializes in cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Thura is medically trained to diagnose, monitor and medically or surgically treat ocular and visual disorders, and has specialized experience with ocular oncology. She sees patients at our Elkridge, MD, location.

After earning her Economics degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, Dr. Thura received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine in Burlington, VT. Following med school, she completed a General Surgery Internship at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, and her Ophthalmology Residency from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, where she was selected as the program's First Chief Resident for the 2021-2022 academic year. Most recently, Dr. Thura has completed her Ocular Oncology Fellowship from the University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL, under Dr. Zelia Correa and Dr. Carol Karp.

Along with her significant research experience and contributions to industry related publications, Dr. Thura has also earned many honors and awards and been involved in community organizations throughout her educational and practical career thus far. She is also a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Thura's interests and hobbies include traveling, international politics, justice and advocacy, baking, art/museums, hiking, dancing, cycling and event planning.

Trey Haugen, OD

Trey Haugen HeadshotDr. Trey Haugen arrived at Baltimore Eye Physicians as a Consultative Optometrist after completing a hospital-based residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Dr. Haugen completed his optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL, where he earned standing in Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society for academic excellence. Dr. Haugen is a member of The American Optometric Association and Maryland Optometric Association. 

Dr. Haugen also practices from one of our partner practices, Baltimore Eye Physicians, who has a location in Baltimore, MD.



Erwin Puente, MD, PHD.

Erwin Puente HeadshotDr. Erwin Puente received both his medical degree and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis as part of the prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program. He obtained his PhD in molecular cell biology, focusing on the pathophysiology of diabetes. He completed his ophthalmology residency, where he also served as Chief Resident, at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He then completed a two year vitreo-retinal surgery fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He has presented his research at scientific meetings and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. His areas of expertise are macular degeneration, macular holes and puckers, retinal vascular disorders including diabetic retinopathy and vascular occlusions, and retinal detachments. Dr. Puente is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Rachel Cho, OD

Rachel Cho HeadshotDr. Rachel Cho, OD, joins Select Eye Care after completing her Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry, and graduating with distinction of Beta Sigma Kappa academic honors. She also completed a hospital-based residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Dr. Cho is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Maryland Optometric Association.

She is excited to be part of the Select Eye Care team and provide exceptional eye care and serve the needs of her patients. She is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and English.