E. Trevor Elmquist, DO

E. Trevor Elmquist, D.O.Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Trevor Elmquist earned his Bachelors  in Microbiology at University of South Florida in 1974. This is also where he met his wife, Carol, whom he married the year of their graduation.

Prior to Medical School, Dr. Elmquist completed a Masters in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Florida in 1977.

Dr. Elmquist received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1981. During medical school he and Carol welcomed their children, Eric and Summer.

Dr. Elmquist joined the Air Force as an active duty captain where he was a flight surgeon caring for pilots and their families. His duties also flying in the backseat position in F16s.

It was during his time in the Air Force that realized his passion for Ophthalmology. This passion led him to become Chief Resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Following Walter Reed, he was Chief of the Eye Clinic at Homestead Air Force Base. After separating from active duty, he joined an Ophthalmology practice in Cape Coral, Florida.
In 1992 Dr. Elmquist founded Elmquist Eye Group. While providing medical surgical expertise to his growing practice, he earned an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University in the year 2000.

In addition to the contributions he has made to the medical community throughout his career, Dr. Elmquist also contributed to the education of medical students as an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Elmquist Eye Group continues to provide resident training to the Family Practice residents of the FSU-Lee Health Family Practice Program in Lee County, Florida.

After over 30 years in medical and surgical eye care Dr. Elmquist still feels the same excitement that he did when he was first invited to scrub-in during a cataract surgery as a fourth-year medical student. He says, “It’s so cool being in a specialty that treats, and often times restores, vision. Cataract surgery is such a rejuvenating experience for so many. The beauty of the eye and its structure is exciting to me every day. The eye is a wonderfully unique part of the body. Looking directly into an eye can provide an abundance of valuable diagnostic data both historically and related to the current condition. So long as I am able to evaluate and observe the wonder of the human eye I will continue. I will never tire of looking into eyes.”

Dr. Elmquist is honored that his peers have chosen him to be a recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award annually from 2011 to 2021. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Lee County Medical Society. His humanitarian mission trips have included Guatemala, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Articles authored by Dr. Elmquist have appeared in Ophthalmology Management Magazine:
1) Scribes: Vital Members of the Efficient Ophthalmic Practice. March 2017
2) Partners in Eye Care, Partners in Business: A Business Partnership with an OD May Make Excellent Sense for Your Practice and Patients. September 2017


  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Lee County Osteopathic Medical Society
  • Lee County Medical Society


  • American Board of Ophthalmology, 1990
  • American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, 1991


  • Certified Ophthalmic Executive/COE, 2008

Dr. Elmquist is proud to work alongside his talented team at Elmquist Eye Group. Three providers in the group are military veterans.   

In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife, Carol, their grown children Eric and Summer, and 7 grandchildren.  He also enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and wildlife adventures.


Military Service

Chief Resident, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Dr. Trevor E. Elmquist | Air Force Flight Surgeon

As a veteran owned and operated business, we honor the sacrifices and service of our veterans daily. Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist served as an ophthalmology resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1985 -1988. He was selected as Chief Resident at Walter Reed and served in this capacity from 1987 – 1988. Dr. Elmquist was the Chief of the eye clinic at Homestead Air Force base from 1988 – 1990.