Dr. Gary Jerkins is the Founder and President of SeaStar Kids. As an M.D., he also heads the Nashville Vision Center and is associated with Loden iVision Centers in Nashville, Tennessee.
Since 1996 his recurring trips to Ukraine have allowed him to share his faith through medical and humanitarian efforts. On numerous occasions, he has performed life-changing surgery for Ukrainians in need, and mentored native practitioners in the latest surgical techniques. Those long-time associations with the medical community in Western Ukraine have brought credibility to the Lord’s church in that part of the country, and continues to support outreach and humanitarian efforts in that part of the country today.
In 2010 Dr. Jerkins founded SeaStarKids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers Ukrainian children the opportunity to attend a Christian summer camp and participate in monthly activities. He works tirelessly each year to provide the very best Christian camp experience to Ukrainian children, as well as securing and mentoring skilled StarKeepers. Gary also serves on the Board of Directors for Healing Hands International and the Ukrainian Education Center.
Dr. Jerkins completed his undergraduate work at David Lipscomb University followed by medical school at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. After an internship at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Jerkins completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Department of Ophthalmology in Memphis.
Dr. Jerkins is married to his high school sweetheart, Karen. They are the proud parents of three grown children: an eye surgeon, an actor and a corporate event planner.
Dr. Jerkins considers the practice of medicine not only a wonderful profession but also an art, combining scientific knowledge, clinical skills and Christian compassion. Above all, he is grateful that God has used that profession to lead him to a lifetime of service among the people of Ukraine.