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After more than 30 years of service to the people of Down East Maine, ophthalmologist G. Madison Cravey, M.D. retired on Monday, May 15.

A member of the MDI Hospital medical staff since 1975, Dr. Cravey earned his medical degree from the University of Florida in 1967. Upon graduating, he entered the Navy and served as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam conflict, stationed at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

After undergoing residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Louisville, Dr. Cravey returned to Maine in 1975 and joined the practice of William Bromley, M.D., in Ellsworth. “I was aware of the lifestyle and what a desirable place Down East Maine is to live,” explained Dr. Cravey of his decision to return to the state.

“We had a very good working relationship all those years,” remarked Dr. Bromley, who retired from practice 10 years ago. “We were business partners, but we also had the advantage of being able to consult with each other. It was nice to have someone to bounce things off,” added Dr. Bromley.

In 2001, Dr. Cravey joined the practice of Timber Gorman, M.D., Downeast Eye MD, located on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. Dr. Gorman will continue to practice at the same location. 

Over the years, Dr. Cravey has witnessed many changes in the field of ophthalmology. “There have light years of changes in technology over the past 31 years that require continual medical education,” said Dr. Cravey. “Cataract surgery used to be a fairly onerous procedure, requiring hospitalization,” Dr. Cravey pointed out. “Now, it’s typically performed on an outpatient basis with a minimum of discomfort for the patient.”

“I’ve had the good fortune of being able to practice my entire career here, working with the nicest people I could imagine,” remarked Dr. Cravey. “I’ve had an association with doctors and administration at MDI Hospital that has been very supportive of my practice.”

With a full schedule on his final day in practice, Dr. Cravey took a little time to share his thoughts on the future. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of this country and spending time with family and friends.”

One friend in particular is also looking forward to spending time with Dr. Cravey in pursuit of a mutual interest. “I told him retirement wasn’t all bad,” said Dr. Bromley. “We’ll soon be talking about old times at my fishing camp.”

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