More About the Surgeons at SightMD
Dr. Aaron Avni is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract/implant surgery, LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures and the management of glaucoma. He graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, and completed his ophthalmology residency program at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Avni has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Lawrence M. Buono, MD, earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at New York University before obtaining his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He then completed a medical/surgical internship at University of Pennsylvania’s Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Buono fulfilled his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla and a subsequent neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Buono next served as assistant professor of ophthalmology at Duke University in the neuro-ophthalmology and comprehensive ophthalmology departments. He has authored several published ophthalmic papers, and has educated medical students, residents and fellows.
Since relocating to Long Island, N.Y., Dr. Buono has treated countless cataract surgery patients at his private practice, where he offers presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens implants (IOLs). He serves on the medical staff at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Southampton Hospital.
Paul A. Choinski, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has more than 20 years of medical and surgical experience. He practices general ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract surgery, refractive surgery and treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Choinski attended college at Binghamton University and completed a culture program at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and went on to complete his internship and residency in ophthalmology at SUNY Buffalo. He joined Hampton Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C., and became board certified in ophthalmology in 1991. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an attending physician at Southampton Hospital, Southampton, New York, and the Suffolk Surgery Center in Shirley, New York.
Dr. Jonathan Ellant is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cataract and refractive surgeon. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Ellant completed his ophthalmology residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and a cataract and refractive surgery fellowship program with world-renowned surgeon Howard Gimbel in Calgary, Alberta.Dr. Ellant was the first surgeon at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary to implant the iStent for the treatment of glaucoma, and an early adopter of microinvasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS). He is active in teaching residents and lectures widely on such topics as advanced cataract surgery technologies, dry eye and MIGS. Dr. Ellant previously served as the Director of Ophthalmology at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York as well as the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center.
Dr. Victor Giamos provides comprehensive ophthalmology to the patients of Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region. Dr. Victor Giamos joined the Ophthalmic Consultants in July of 2012 providing general ophthalmology care as well as cataract and LASIK surgeries to his patients. Prior to joining Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, he spent several years with a multi-specialty eye practice as a medical and surgical ophthalmologist in Long Island, New York.
Dr. Victor Giamos attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York where he graduated as Summa Cum Laude, receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy. He went on to study medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Victor Giamos completed a residency preliminary year of internal medicine at New York Medical College, Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. He continued his ophthalmology training at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York, where he was appointed chief resident during his senior year in 2012. Dr. Victor Giamos also completed a two-month ophthalmology surgical rotation at Columbia University-Harkness Eye Institute in Manhattan, New York in 2012.
Stephen Greenberg, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 40 years of experience in Deer Park, N.Y., and Holbrook, N.Y. Dr. Greenberg obtained his bachelor’s degree at the City College of New York and his medical degree the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.After completing his internship at Montefiore Hospital, Dr. Greenberg served for two years as a physician for the U. S. Public Health Service, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. Returning to New York, Dr. Greenberg fulfilled his ophthalmology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center and was elected chief resident.
Dr. Greenberg has been board certified since 1976 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Greenberg served as director of ophthalmic surgery at the Long Island Surgi-Center in Melville and is on the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and Southside Hospital. He was a consultant at Central Islip Hospital and Pilgrim State Hospital for more than 30 years, as well as Stony Brook Hospital and the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he assisted residents in developing their surgical skills.
Dr. Greenberg is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Long Island Ophthalmologic Society and the Suffolk Ophthalmologic Society. He is a founder and past president of Helping Hands, a charitable organization that helps disadvantaged individuals who live on Long Island.
David Immanuel, MD, PhD, is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained as a cornea specialist. His office is located on Hilton Avenue in Hempstead bordering Garden City (less than a mile south of the Garden City Hotel), where he has been in private practice for approximately 10 years (www.cornealeyedoc.com).
Dr. Immanuel specializes in cataract and refractive surgery and performs as many as 400 cataract procedures per year. His goal with cataract surgery is not just to treat the cataract, but also to provide his patients with spectacle-free distance and near vision once the cataract has been removed. This is achieved by utilizing special intraocular lenses along with the precision of laser cataract surgery. Dr. Immanuel is very excited about offering this new technology to his patients because it makes cataract surgery both safer and more precise.
William S. Kasper, MD, FACS, is the emeritus acting chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y., a position that he held for 15 years. He has been listed in the prestigious Castle Connolly publication, “How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area,” for the last 16 years, an honor bestowed by patients and colleagues. As past president of the Long Island Ophthalmological Society and the Ophthalmology Section of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, he has contributed to both the scientific and the educational information of its members. Over the years he has made Nassau County Medical Center ophthalmology residency training a priority, teaching young physicians both the art and science of the specialty. Journal publications have included topics dealing with laser iridotomies, current concepts of cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, a toxic eye medication, corneal iron lines and edema and rhinosporidiosis of the eyelid. Internet articles have dealt with eyelid lesions, toric lenses, diabetic nerve palsy and insurance problems. Research projects in the past have been funded by Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceutical firm evaluating treatment for diabetes mellitus, and, presently, an ongoing clinical investigation exists for Amgen involving ocular evaluation associated with prostate cancer treatment.
Dr. Brad Kligman joins SightMD as a fellowship-trained cornea and refractive surgery specialist. He was born and raised on Long Island and is excited to be returning home to practice in his community. After graduating from East Meadow High School, he attended Cornell University where he studied Human Biology, Health and Society. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Distinction and was named an Outstanding Senior in the College of Human Ecology. He was also inducted into the Alpha Omicron Nu honor society for his academic achievements. Dr. Kligman then earned his M.D. at NYU School of Medicine. It was while observing cataract surgery in his third year of medical school that he realized the restoration of sight through intricate and precise microsurgery was the career that he wanted to pursue. During this time, he was invited to complete a pre-residency research fellowship in ocular oncology at the Wills Eye Hospital, where he gained extensive knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of ocular cancer.
Throughout his training, Dr. Kligman has been very involved in research, publishing over 20 peer-reviewed articles, textbook chapters and abstracts. He has presented his research at both national and international conferences on topics ranging from ocular tumors, to corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) and corneal transplant techniques. He was awarded Best Paper of Session at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and his work was featured in the Best of ASCRS 2016 session. Dr. Kligman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society, and ASCRS. He is also an active member of the New York State Ophthalmological Society where he helps to organize events for the Young Ophthalmologists (YO) Subcommittee.
Faye Knoll, MD, is SightMD’s cornea and external disease specialist. As an undergraduate, she attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton, where she majored in biology and minored in Spanish. At SUNY Binghamton, she was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated summa cum laude. Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Knoll attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated cum laude.She then completed a transitional intern year at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. This was followed by an ophthalmology residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., where she served as chief resident in ophthalmology. After completing her residency, Dr. Knoll went on to complete a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City.
Dr. Knoll’s special interests include penetrating keratoplasty, Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK), cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, sutured intraocular lenses, and refractive surgery. Dr. Knoll has been active in ophthalmic research and has presented at multiple national meetings. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Jeffrey L. Martin, MD, FACS, FAAO, earned his undergraduate degree in biology with summa cum laude honors from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He then completed an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and served as chief resident in ophthalmology at the Nassau Medical Center. Dr. Martin teaches resident ophthalmologists at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Suffolk County Medical Society and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society. In addition, he is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
John Mauro, DO, completed his Bachelor of Science degree at St. John’s University in Queens and attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served a medical internship at Mercy Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he received the Outstanding Intern of the Year award. Dr. Mauro completed his medical residency in Ophthalmology at Nassau University Medical Center/Stony Brook University, where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Cambridge and at the Boston Eye Group. During his fellowships, Dr. Mauro specialized in the treatment of uveitis, complex ocular inflammatory diseases, as well as cataract surgery, implantation of multifocal and astigmatism correcting intraocular lenses, glaucoma surgery, corneal transplants, and the latest techniques in laser refractive surgery. Dr. Mauro is at the forefront of ophthalmic research and has authored numerous book chapters, articles and presentations. In addition, he has been involved in multiple prospective and experimental research trials. Dr. Mauro is an attending ophthalmologist at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital and will soon train resident ophthalmologists at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Richard Nattis, M.D., graduated from New York Medical College and completed his ophthalmology residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center in New York. He now specializes in cataract, refractive and laser eye surgery. Dr. Nattis has been recognized in the book “How to Find the Best Doctors in the Tri-State Area,” and has been awarded the Physicians Recognition Award by the American Medical Association. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and practicing physicians.
Dr. Nattis was appointed to the position of chief of the department of ophthalmology at Good Samaritan Hospital in 1991. Additionally, he has served as a clinical assistant instructor in ophthalmology at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has also served on the board of directors of the New York Eye Bank and New York Diabetes Association, and currently serves on the board of directors of Child Abuse Protection Services of New York.
In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Nattis is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, New York State Ophthalmological Society, Suffolk County Ophthalmological Society, Medical Society of the State of New York, Long Island Ophthalmological Society, New York Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association.
Dr. John Passarelli has over 30 years of experience as a respected ophthalmologist and specializes in cataract and refractive procedures. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate. Dr. Passarelli completed his ophthalmic residency training at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in NYC, where he was named chief resident. He has been performing LASIK since its FDA approval, and is frequently asked to train his peers. Dr. Passarelli has also presented to prestigious organizations like the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is on the Advisory Council for the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Craig Richter is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has close to 20 years of medical and surgical experience in the practice of ophthalmology. He takes great pride in the close relationships that he has built with his patients and is committed to offering them the highest level of medical and surgical eye care available.
Dr. Richter completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University with a major in Biology. He then moved to New York City where he received his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Richter completed his residency in ophthalmology at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and served as an attending physician where he trained residents in both medical and surgical eye treatments.
Dr. Richter is an attending physician at Huntington and Syosset Hospitals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, and is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York.
Dr. Michael Savetsky is a board certified Cornea/External Disease and Refractive surgeon, specializing in LASIK, PRK, Cornea transplants, Cataract surgery, Pterygium, Dry eye, and general ophthalmology. In addition to ocular surface dieases, he also treats other common ophthalmic disorders such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. He also offers premium Intraocular Lens technology and Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract surgery. Prior to joining SightMD, Dr. Savetsky practiced ophthalmic care in Los Angeles, CA. He did his Ophthalmology training at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans, LA, and went on to train in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cornea & Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Paul Sforza graduated with honors from Harvard College, then earned his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After a medical internship at Lenox Hill Hospital, he performed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He returned to New York for further subspecialty training in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital, an NYU Medical School affiliate.Dr. Sforza was the chief of Corneal Surgery at SUNY-Downstate Medical School from 1998-2000. He is still actively involved in academic medicine and continues to train doctors in the most advanced microsurgical techniques at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Downstate Medical School. He was named “Attending of the Year” in 2006 by the graduating Ophthalmology residents at Albert Einstein.
Lawrence Zweibel, MD, FACS, FAAO, completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University (NYU) and his medical degree at Albany Medical College. He served his medical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York and was a chief resident in ophthalmology at the French and Polyclinic Medical Center. He currently serves as the Chief of Ophthalmology at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital. Dr. Zweibel is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Suffolk County Medical Society and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Aleksandra Michalik, D.O., earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree with honors from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency training at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, and South Nassau Communities Hospital. Dr. Michalik also completed subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She belongs to the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.