Sid Mandelbaum, M.D., Chairman
Dr. Mandelbaum is in private practice on Manhattan’s upper eastside. A graduate from Columbia University, he received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and later completed an ophthalmology residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. This was followed by a fellowship in corneal diseases and surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, where he remained on-staff for four years before returning to NYC in 1986. Dr. Mandelbaum is on the staff of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and LIJ Medical Center, and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Mark Irvin Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D, Medical Director.
Dr. Rosenblatt is an Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology and principal investigator in the Margaret H. Dyson Vision Research Institute of Weill Cornell Medical College where he is continuing his research activities as well as his clinical practice focused on laser vision correction surgery and the treatment of corneal and cataract disease using the latest surgical techniques.
Dr. Rosenblatt attended the accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education at the University of Miami. He earned both a medical degree and a doctorate at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Harvard Medical School, and a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and was the recipient of a Joint Clinical Research Center Fellowship.
Penny Asbell, M.D.
Dr. Asbell is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Laser Center and a Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Chicago and her medical degree at SUNY Buffalo where she was first in class. Her post-doctoral medical training includes an internship in internal medicine at Yale –New Haven Hospital, a residency in ophthalmology/immunology at New York University Medical Center and a cornea fellowship at Louisiana State University Eye Center.
James Auran, M.D.
Dr. Auran is currently a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Columbia university and the Associate Attending in the Ophthalmology Service New York Presbyterian Hospital. He received his B.A. in Biology (cum laude) from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Auran completed an internship in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital which was followed by an ophthalmology residency and cornea fellowship\ at Manhattan, Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
Seth A. Biser, M.D.
Dr. Biser currently serves as Attending Physician at New York University and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Previously, Dr. Biser was Staff Attending at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, New York, where, in 2007, he performed the hospital’s first DSEK (Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty) which involves transplanting only a thin layer of the cornea as opposed to a full-thickness graft.
Dr. Biser received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, where he was selected to be a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell University, School of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Richard E. Braunstein, M.D.
Dr. Braunstein is currently the Director of the Division of Refractive Surgery at Columbia University and Director of the Residency Training Program, Harkness Eye Institute. He is the Miranda Wong Tang Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Chief of the Division of Anterior Segment Surgery. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Braunstein received his medical degree from Columbia University and went on to complete his Ophthalmology Residency at the Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. His Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease was completed at The Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins University. He is also a member of the medical advisory board of Tissue Banks International.
Roy S. Chuck, M.D., Ph.D.
Roy S. Chuck, M.D., Ph.D., is currently Professor and University Chairman, Paul Henkind Chair, of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Chuck received both of his graduate degrees from Columbia University. He interned at St. Mary’s Health Center (internal medicine) and Washington University/Barnes Hospital (ophthalmology). He also served as the Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at Washington University/Barnes Hospital and completed his fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Doheny Eye Institute.
Michael P. Ehrenhaus, M.D.
Michael Ehrenhaus, MD is a cornea and refractive surgeon who has trained with some of the world’s leading authorities on corneal transplants. Currently, he is the Director of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology and at the Long Island College where he is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ehrenhaus is the first in Brooklyn to perform both the synthetic Alphacor cornea procedure and the new Descement Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK or DSAEK) cornea transplant surgery.
A graduate of the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Ehrenhaus received his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Department of Ophthalmology in New York and a fellowship from Shiley Eye Center at the University of California in San Diego. He has co-authored various works and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and The Cornea Society.
Richard P. Gibralter, M.D.
Dr. Gibralter is currently in private practice in New York City. His sub-specialty is in cornea, keratorefractive and laservision correction surgery. He is Attending Surgeon at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Medical Center, Adjunct Clinical Assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital, Associate Medical Staff at Lenox Hill Hospital and Associate Adjunct at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
A graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Gibralter earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital where he was Chief Resident. A recipient of the R. Townley Paton Research Fellowship at The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, Dr. Gibralter has also served as Assistant Medical Director and Secretary of The Eye-Bank’s Medical Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Maayan Keshet, M.D.
Dr. Keshet is currently an ophthalmology associate at the Fromer Eye Centers. She received her B.A. in Biology and French cum laude from Vassar College which was followed by her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Keshket completer her ophthalmology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and a cornea/external disease/refractive fellowship at Tufts/New England Eye Center/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.
Stephen Klyce, PhD
Dr. Klyce is currently an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an ad hoc scientific and biomedical engineering consultant. He received his B.S. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in physiology from Yale University. Dr. Klyce has held leadership positions at ARVO and the International Society of Contact Lens Research.
Steven A. McCormick, M.D.
Steven McCormick, MD has worked with The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at New York Medical College. He has held visiting professorships, given lectures and taught at leading institutions around the country.
A graduate of Duke University, Dr. McCormick received his medical degree from West Virginia University. He is widely published and is a Fellow at the College of American Pathologists. Dr. McCornick is listed in the Pathology section of Castle and Conely’s Guide to America’s Best Doctors and New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in the New York Metro Region.”
Norman B. Medow, M.D.
Dr. Norman Medow serves as Director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Department and is also an attending surgeon at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University, Cornell Medical School. Acknowledged as an expert in the field of medical history, Dr. Medow is currently preparing two works entitled, the History of Ophthalmology in America, and Pediatric Ophthalmology.
After graduating from Lycoming College, Dr. Medow attended the State University of New York Downstate State Medical Center where he received his medical degree. He completed his Internship at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New York. His main areas of clinical interest are congenital cataracts, corneal disorders in the pediatric age group and congenital glaucoma. Dr Medow’s affiliations include membership in the New York Society for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the New York State Ophthalmological Society.
John C. Merriam. M.D.
John C. Merriam, M.D. is an Attending Ophthalmologist at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. He has also served as an Attending Surgeon at Harlem Hospital. University appointments include Assistant in Surgery and Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Instructor in Ophthalmology at the University of California.
Dr. Merriam received his medical degree from Harvard and also studied at the Institut de Phonétique et Linguistique, Université de Paris, France. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and his clinical and research fellowships at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation and at the University of California in San Francisco. A visiting fellow at Moorefields Eye Hospital in London, England, Dr. Merriam was also a visiting research scientist at St. Eriks Eye Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Richard D. Najac, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Najac is currently in private practice in Queens and an Associate Attending at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is an Assistant Attending at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center, where he is also the Director of the Cornea Service for the Brooklyn and Queens Division. He graduated from Amherst College and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Najac completed both his Ophthalmology Residency and Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Michelle K. Rhee, M.D.
Dr. Michelle Rhee is currently an Associate Clinical Director in the Department of Ophthalmology at Elmhurst Hospital Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is also a refractive surgeon with New York Eye Specialists and serves as a Surgical and Clinical Preceptor for the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
An honors music graduate from Princeton University, Dr. Rhee received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her Ophthalmology Residency at the Eye and Ear Institute of Pittsburg and attended the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary to complete her fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery. She is co-author of several publications and abstracts including “Bilateral Keratoconjunctivitis Associated with Lichen Planus, Cornea – 2004
Amilia Schrier, M.D.
Dr. Schrier is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and the DeVoe-Srinivasan Director of Eye Clinics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She has served in the past as a Resident Instructor/ Attending at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, SUNY Downstate, and North Shore University Hospital. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Dr. Schrier received her medical degree and completed her ophthalmology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, NY. Her fellowship in cornea and external disease was completed at North Shore University Hospital, Cornell Medical College.
John A. Seedor, M.D.
Dr. Seedor is an ophthalmologist and corneal surgeon practicing in New York City. He is currently and Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Medical College and serves as Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Seedor received his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and his Doctorate of Medicine from Hahnemann Medical College of Drexel University in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a cornea, external disease and refractive surgery fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Seedor is an Associate Editor for the journal Cornea, and a reviewer and author for numerous other journals. In 1999, he received the Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His research interests center on new technologies of ophthalmic imaging, ocular surface disease, drug therapy, high-risk keratoplasty and keratoprosthetic devices.
Christopher E. Starr, M.D.
Dr. Christopher Starr is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and currently serves as the Director of Ophthalmic Education and Director of the Fellowship Program in Cornea, Cataract & Laser Vision Correction Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a member of the cornea, cataract & refractive surgery service and his research interests are in advanced surface ablation surgery and corneal diseases. Before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell he was a resident instructor at Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital, NYU Medical Center where he was awarded the Teacher of the Year Prize.
Dr. Starr completed his undergraduate work at Brown University and graduated with a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He interned at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency requirements at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Dr. Starr also received a Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute. In addition to membership in other organizations, Dr. Starr is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Michael B. Starr, M.D.
Dr. Starr is currently Attending Ophthalmologist at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is Chief of the Cornea/External Disease Service at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Chief of the External Disease Service at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. Dr. Starr graduated from Harvard University. He received a M.M.S. from Rutgers Medical School and a M.D. from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He began a Neurology Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and completed an Ophthalmology Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, NY. He completed a Fellowship in External and Corneal Diseases of the Eye at The Francis I. Proctor Foundation University of California, San Francisco, CA. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of Proctor Fellows.
Leejee Suh. M.D.
Dr. Suh is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Director of Refractive Surgery Service and Director of the Cornea Fellowship program at Columbia University. Dr. Suh received a B.S. in Biology from M.I.T. and her medical degree from NYU with honors in neuroscience and physiology. She was a research scholar in the departments of ophthalmology and physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and completed her ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She followed up her residency with a corneal and external diseases fellowship at the Bascom Plamer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Hospitals.
Gerald W. Zaidman, M.D.
Dr. Zaidman is Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Medical College and Chief of Cornea Service at Westchester Medical Center. He graduated from Queens College and received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and a Fellowship in Corneal and External Disease at the University of Pittsburgh¹s Eye & Ear Hospital. Dr. Zaidman is President of the Pediatric Keratoplasty Association. He is also a Senior Honor Award recipient from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Charles S. Hirsch, M.D., Honorary Member
Dr. Charles S. Hirsch is the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Professor of Pathology at New York University, and adjunct professor of pathology at Cornell University Medical School. He graduated from the University of Illinois and received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. Dr. Hirsch completed his Residency in Anatomic Pathology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed Fellowships in Neuropathology and Forensic Pathology from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, Maryland.