BETTER LATE THAN NEVER TO DIVE
Dr. Mallette is a homegrown Jacksonian. After a pivot from Vanderbilt with plans to be a lawyer to pre-med at Millsaps focused on medicine, Mallette had major influences along the journey.
The switch from law to ophthalmology was a surprise for some. "My Dad was an attorney and everybody I knew was going to law school but I always had medicine in the back of my head so I decided better late than never to dive." Dr. Mallette recalls.
Dr. Mallette completed a residency in ophthalmology after medical school at the University of Mississippi. Then his wife got accepted for a preventive medicine residency at Hopkins, Mallette said to her, "I can't get into Hopkins." But they saw it differently. Hopkins requested Mallette come for a visit and soon after he was studying under Dr. David Guyton and Dr. Walter Stark. Two fellowships were completed at Johns Hopkins. "I came back to Jackson to do cornea work and specialize in pediatric work. I do complex anterior segment work," says Dr. Mallette, "but I love to learn so I decided to go to Millsaps for an MBA. Never too late."
In 2005, Dr. Mallette joined Jackson Eye Associates and has enjoyed treating patients that really need him. Mallette expresses, "I like treating the really difficult cases, really sick patients. The gratitude from all my patients for the care is amazing, especially when some of them know they may not do well. I think that they respond to the effort that you put into their care."
Dr. Mallette cites that the Jackson Eye Associates difference is the physicians, staff, and commitment to their patients' care. "What we offer is a place where we provide the specialization patients need alongside the commitment of care patients deserve."