Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Jonathan Crews                Dr. Nancy Holekamp                Dr. Jay S. Pepose                Dr. Mujtaba Qazi                Dr. Steven Branstetter                Dr. James Rieger


Dr. Jay Pepose  is the Founder and active Medical Director of the Pepose Vision Institute. He also serves as Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He specializes in laser vision correction, cataract and cornea surgery, in addition to being a board certified cornea and vision correction surgery subspecialist.

A pioneer in laser eye surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, Dr. Pepose was the first to introduce LASIK vision correction to the St. Louis region. As one of the original 10 eye surgeons nationwide to participate in clinical trials of the excimer laser to correct mild to severe degrees of myopia and astigmatism, Dr. Pepose is regarded as a leading authority on laser vision correction diagnostics and outcomes. He was one of an elite group of eye surgeons that conducted a nationwide clinical trial that made LASIK available for the correction of farsightedness and astigmatism. Dr. Pepose is involved in many clinical trials related to the newest generation of multifocal lens implants for cataract patients, as well as clinical studies of more precise measurement devices for glaucoma and new treatments for presbyopia (age-related weakening of near vision). Dr. Pepose serves as an ophthalmic consultant for ABC TV’s 20/20 program and web site. His work in laser vision correction has been featured at the Frontiers of Medicine pavilion at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. As an invited speaker, he has lectured extensively throughout the world, including Korea, Japan, England, Israel and Australia. Prior to founding the Pepose Vision Institute, Dr. Pepose held the Bernard Becker Professorship in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Pepose is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious Cogan award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is recognized in “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Docs” as a noted subspecialist in cataract, corneal and vision correction surgery, the only such specialist in the St. Louis region to be so honored. Dr. Pepose has contributed extensively to the scientific literature, holds two patents, and has been the recipient of competitive National Eye Institute research support. He serves on the editorial board of several prestigious ophthalmology journals and is associate editor of The American Journal of Ophthalmology. Most recently, he has been appointed to the Board of Calhoun Vision, a California based innovator in emerging vision technologies. Dr. Pepose earned his medical degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the premier ophthalmology program in the country. He completed his subspecialty training in cornea and external diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center. As a reflection of his commitment to improving vision locally and globally, Dr. Pepose has established an International Fellowship in Eye Banking and is the Founder of Lifelong Vision Foundation (formerly Midwest Cornea Research Foundation).
Dr. Mujtaba Qazi is the Director of Clinical Studies at Pepose Vision Institute. He also serves as Instructor of Ophthalmology at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as a cornea and vision correction surgery Instructor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis School of Optometry. He is a board-certified subspecialist in the areas of cornea and vision correction surgery.

Dr. Qazi grew up in New York City where he attended Stuyvesant High School, one of the premier math and science secondary schools in the nation. His early commitment to a medical career led him to New York University’s prestigious BA-MD program. He received his Bachelor of Arts from NYU College of Arts & Science and his Medical Doctorate from NYU School of Medicine. While at NYU, he was also named a Presidential Scholar. Dr. Qazi completed his residency training in ophthalmology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed his subspecialty training in cornea and vision correction at Pepose Vision Institute, where he gained unique training and insight into various facets of laser, cornea and cataract surgery, as well as the opportunity to perform and assist in thousands of LASIK and other eye procedures. He is certified in the VISX Star S4, Bausch & Lomb Technolas, and Alcon Autonomous excimer lasers. He was the first vision correction specialist in the St. Louis region to be certified for VISX’s topography-linked customized LASIK therapy. Dr. Qazi is also one of the few area cornea subspecialists to have received training in the newest corneal transplant technology, DSAEK. As Director of Clinical Studies at PVI, Dr. Qazi is actively involved in many research projects, with special expertise in customized laser vision correction, the surgical correction of presbyopia, and visual outcomes after cataract surgery. He has authored abstracts, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at many local and national meetings. Dr. Qazi is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons. Recently, Dr. Qazi was recognized in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, a publication featuring the most accomplished healthcare and medical professionals from around the world.

Dr. Nancy M. Holekamp is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also Director of Retina Services at the Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis. Dr. Holekamp received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College Summa cum Laude. She received her Medical Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Holekamp completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine. Her fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery was with the Retina Consultants in St. Louis.

Dr. Holekamp is actively involved in clinical research, having been principal investigator or sub-investigator in over 20 national clinical trials dealing with age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusion, and diabetic retinopathy. Her efforts in research have resulted in 70 peer-reviewed publications, 21 book chapters, and more than 100 speaking invitations both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the major subspecialty societies, including the Retina Society and the Macula Society. She acts as a reviewer for all the major ophthalmology journals and as a consultant to several ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. After 6 years on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Ethics Committee, she has developed an interested in medical ethics.


Dr. Jonathan Crews specializes in primary eye care, cornea, external disease and refractive surgery.

He is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating from Midwestern University (2012). He is fellowship trained in cornea and refractive surgery at the prestigious Price Vision Group in Indianapolis. He did his internship and residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center and earned his bachelors degree at University of Missouri-Columbia (2007) where he graduated Magna cum Laude.

Dr. Crews has been published in numerous ophthalmology media.


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Dr. James Rieger is a board certified Optometrist in both Missouri and Illinois with subspecialty certifications in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular conditions, including glaucoma. Dr. Rieger earned his O.D. from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Rieger trained with eye surgeons, participating in the pre- and post-operative care of patients undergoing such surgical procedures as Laser Vision Correction, cataract extraction and eyelid surgery.

As an eye care professional, Dr. Rieger has extensive background in Optometry, including prior ownership of an optical franchise for over a decade. Before coming to Pepose Vision Institute, Dr. Rieger focused on primary eye care, specialty contact lenses and the treatment of ocular diseases. With his broad experience and professional commitment, Dr. Rieger shares the Pepose Vision Institute team ‘s dedication to providing the highest quality care within a patient-centered environment.
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Dr. Steven Branstetter specializes in primary eye care, ocular disease, including dry eye & glaucoma, low vision & specialty contact lens fittings.

He is a graduate of University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry (2013) where he was on the Dean’s list. He earned his bachelors degree at University of Central Missouri (2008) where he graduated Cum Laude with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry.

Dr. Branstetter is a recent recipient of the prestigious William R. Jackson Private Practice Award.


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