Dr. O. Lee Mullis, 75, of Panama City, FL, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 at a local hospital.
Mullis was an eye physician and cataract specialist at the Mullis Institute at the intersection of Airport Drive and Jenks Avenue.
The Celebrations of Life Services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. Reception will follow service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 222 N Bonita Ave, Panama City, FL 32401 in Dr. Mullis's name.
Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
Mullis Bio from the Mullis Eye Institute website: Lee Mullis, M.D. obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Elon College, North Carolina. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1969. He completed his internship at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and his ophthalmology residency was at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1975 as a medical officer.
In 1976, Dr. Mullis and his family settled in Panama City, Florida. A pioneer in the field of Ophthalmology, Dr. Mullis built his own medical office building in 1979 and then built his own State-of-the-Art licensed Ambulatory Surgery Center in 1984. Over the years, he has established offices in Marianna, Crestview and Niceville, Florida. He was the first in Bay County to perform topical, no stitch cataract surgery. Dr. Mullis continues to be a leader in the newest technologies available. He was the first in the area to use refractive intraocular lenses (SmartLenses) for his cataract patients.
Dr. Mullis is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Surgeon. He is Fellow of both the American College of Refractive and Cataract Surgeons and of American Academy of Ophthalmology; a member of the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, the Bays Medical Society. Dr. Mullis lives in Panama City and cares deeply about the community that he serves. Over the years Dr. Mullis has seen firsthand a profound need in the community for eye care to those in need. Since 1992, he has performed thousands of free cataract surgeries to those deserving persons in Bay and the surrounding counties.