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John W. Simon, MD
Professor and Chair
Pediatric Ophthalmology

John W. Simon, MD received his medical degree in 1976 at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and remained at the same institution for internship in medicine and for residency under Steven Podos. He completed subspecialty training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Wills Eye Hospital under Joe Calhoun and Robison Harley as a National Children’s Eye Care Foundation fellow. In 1981, Dr, Simon joined the full-time faculty of the Albany Medical College, where he was elevated through the ranks to become professor and chairman in 1992. He holds a secondary appointment as professor of pediatrics. John has had two National Eye Institute grants. His 160 publications cover a wide range of subjects in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, from infant vision and nystagmus to aphakic glaucoma and complications of eye muscle surgery. He was president of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) in 1997-1998 and has held a variety of other positions for that association. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus its successor, the Journal of AAPOS. He was chair of the AAO’s Basic and Clinical Science Course, editing two major revisions of the Section VI manual on pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. His own book, A Child's Eyes, was recognized as the"Best Medical Book of the Year" by the American Medical Writers Association.  John and his wife Susan, a hospitalist, have two adult children. They spend as much time as possible at their camp in the Adirondacks. John' s passion is cooking, but he also enjoys international travel, scuba diving, and American history.

Robert L. Schultze, MD
Associate Professor and Program Director
Cornea and External Disease

Robert L. Schultze, MD serves as Ophthalmology Residency Program Director and Director of Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery at the Albany Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, Lions Eye Institute.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Schultze received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine prior to coming to Albany Medical College for his ophthalmology residency and fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Schultze is Medical Director of the Lions Eye Bank at Albany and has served on the Northeastern Association for the Blind at Albany’s Board of Directors. On a national level, Dr. Schultze is active on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Committee on Eye Banks as well as the Annual Program Committee.  For the Eye Bank Association of America, he sits on Medical Review, Research, and Scientific Programs Committees.   Dr. Schultze serves the American Board of Ophthalmology as a Special Examiner working to help administer the exam and improve the examination process for new candidates. Additionally, Dr. Schultze is recognized as a leading authority on cornea and refractive surgery and is one of only 50 U.S. surgeons selected to serve as a VISX and an Intralase Trainer (proctors other surgeons on the use of the lasers).  He has also been instrumental in the development of DSAEK, a new technique in partial thickness corneal transplantation and was the first surgeon in the northeast to perform such a procedure. Numerous residents, fellows, and established regional surgeons have come to observe him operate and share his expertise. Dr. Schultze’s experiences in refractive and cataract surgery have made him an area leader in advanced intraocular lens surgery as well. He was the first area surgeon to place both the Restor multifocal lens for presbyopia and the Verisyse lens for high near-sightedness. A frequent lecturer at most major ophthalmic meetings, Dr. Schultze’s research interests include advanced techniques in corneal transplantation, dry eye syndrome, allergic eye disease and corneal stem cell disease. He has participated in several national multi-center trials and lectured internationally in Panama, Italy, Greece, China and India. As a result of his dedication to ophthalmology, Dr. Schultze has been recognized with a “Best of Show” award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as a “First Place” from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for his video productions demonstrating his techniques in advanced corneal surgery. He has also been awarded a “Best Paper of Session” award for his research and is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Award for service to the organization.

Gerard Barry, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Ophthalmology

Gerard Barry, MD is a native of Albany, NY. He attended the University at Buffalo for both undergraduate and medical school, where he served as the chapter president of the American Medical Association. He completed ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical College and went on to a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Barry oversees the management of retinopathy of prematurity at Albany Medical Center’s NICU, in addition managing strabismus, amblyopia, nasolacrimal duct obstruction and pediatric cataracts. He provides lectures in pediatric ophthalmology, optics, OKAP and oral board preparation to the ophthalmology residents. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and watching sports.

Paul Beer, MD
Clinical Professor
Retina

Paul Beer, MD received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook.  He continued with his ophthalmology residency at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center and prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at Louisiana State University Eye Center in New Orleans.  Dr. Beer has received three Teacher of the Year Awards, from the LSU ophthalmology residents in 1987, and the Albany Medical College residents in 1998 and 1999. In addition to his busy clinical practice and teaching activities, he has maintained an active research program. His research incorporates subretinal surgery, intravitreal drug administration and new treatments for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. He has studied photodynamic therapy, Lucentis (RhuFab), Macugen (Pegatanib) and other Phase I investigational drugs, the first bioerodable Posurdex dexamethasone implant for Central Retinal Vein Occlusions, and a Phase III injectable Triamcinolone Acetonide for Diabetic Macular Edema. Being a recipient of several research grants, he is the principal investigator on numerous national multi-center studies and a member of the fiver investigator committee evaluating new research protocols for the National Eye Institute sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network and has held positions on two other DRCR Committees. He is an active member of several professional ophthalmology societies, including American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Beer received the Merit Award in 2002 from the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the Senior Honor Award in 2005.

Robert Eden, MD

Robert Eden, MD
Assistant Professor
Cornea and External Disease

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College in 1999, Dr. Eden received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2002. He completed an internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Boston, MA) and residency at the Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow, NY) before returning to the Capital District for fellowship training in corneal and refractive surgery at Cornea Consultants of Albany.
Upon completion of his training, Dr. Eden maintained a busy practice in Queens, NY, where he served on staff at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Caritas Medical Centers and The New Parkway Hospital. He also operated at Laser One (New York, NY) and at the MacKool Eye Institute (Astoria, NY) where he performed cornea, cataract and laser vision correction surgery.

Dr. Eden is a board certified, fellowship trained cornea, cataract and refractive surgery specialist and serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Albany Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, Lions Eye Institute. His practice focuses on state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases from dry eye to artificial cornea. He has experience in routine as well as complex cataract surgery including placement of the latest intraocular lenses to reduce spectacle dependence, traditional and partial thickness corneal transplantation (DSAEK), and refractive surgery from LASIK to phakic IOL.
Dr. Eden’s research interests include dry eye, ocular surface disease and intraocular implants. He has participated in several multi-center national clinical trials.

Naomi Falk, OD, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Retina

Dr. Falk, OD, MD, joined the retina division at Albany Medical Center in 2003.  She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Albany Medical Center as well as the Director for the Vitreoretinal fellowship.  She is a partner in Retina Consultants in Slingerlands, NY.  Dr. Falk completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at the University of Texas, Houston and Albany Medical Center. She completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia and earned her medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. 

Dr. Falk has been an investigator on numerous national multi-center studies, her clinical research interests include new and experimental protocols and devices for the monitoring and treatment of macular degeneration, venous occlusions, arterial occlusions, diabetic retinopathy and inflammatory diseases of the eye.   Dr. Falk and the Retina Consultants have brought to Albany the first anti-VEGF therapies for wet macular degeneration with both Lucentis (RhuFab), Macugen (Pegaptanib) and other Phase I investigational drugs, the first biodegradable Posurdex dexamethasone implant for Central Retinal Vein Occlusions, and a Phase III injectable Triamcinolone Acetonide for Diabetic Macular Edema.  Additional research studies include the use of new novel monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of inflammatory eye disease and four research protocols for the National Eye Institute sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. 

In addition to her busy clinical schedule, she assumes an active role in resident teaching and lectures.

Sai B. Gandham, MD
Associate Professor
Glaucoma

Sai B. Gandham, MD is a graduate of Temple University ophthalmology residency. He went on to complete a fellowship in glaucoma at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. He is the former residency program director in ophthalmology and has given an instruction course on patient education in glaucoma at the AAO annual meeting. He has gone on several medical missions including to Mexico, Myanmar, Tanzania and India.

Amy B. Hahn, PhD, D(ABHI)
Assistant Professor
Clinical Research

Amy B. Hahn, PhD, D(ABHI) is currently serving as president of the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI) and president-elect of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI). She is also the elected Histocompatibility Representative to the UNOS/OPTN Board of Directors.

 

Dale R. Meyer, MD
Professor
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery

Dale R. Meyer, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery at the Lions Eye Institute, Albany Medical Center.  He specializes in the area of oculofacial plastic surgery, which includes functional and cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and face, as well as tear duct and orbital disorders. Dr. Meyer completed his residency training at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center-Johns Hopkins University, and completed fellowship training at WVU and Oregon Health Sciences University before coming to Albany in 1990.  Dr. Meyer is actively involved in several national professional societies, including service on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee, as chair of the Plastics and Orbital Surgery panel.  He serves the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), on the Education, Preceptors and Nominating committees, and chairs the Joint Programs committee.  He is a scientific reviewer for several journals and past or present member of the editorial boards of Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and Ocular Surgery News.  He is an honorary advisor for the Tung Wah Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong, China and has participated in several international volunteer medical efforts.  He participates in educational course programs for the Academy and ASOPRS, and has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally.  Dr. Meyer has authored over 100 papers, and received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award in 1996 and Achievement Award in 2004.

Albert B. Morier, OD
Clinical Associate Professor
Low Vision and Contact Lenses

Albert M. Morier, MA, OD is on speaker's bureau for Genzyme Pharmaceuticals, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Alcon Pharmaceuticals, and Vistakon contact lenses.  He currently sits on the New York State Board of Optometry. Al is CE chair of primary eye care conferences in Saratoga Springs and Pittsburgh and has received  New York State Optometric Association Leadership Awards in 1993 and 2007. As Chair of the Low Vision Committee of the NYSOA, he has organized a low vision seminar which will be in Rochester, NY this year. Al will be speaking of genetics in eye care and an update on low vision as part of SUNY College of Optometry's Envision 2011 meeting in New York City in October.

Ted Wladis, MD
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery

Ted Wladis, MD a native of Syracuse, NY, attended Columbia University for undergraduate before returning to Syracuse for medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed his residency at New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ), being honored with the Golden Apple Award and an award for patient dedication. Ted went on to complete two fellowships, one in oculoplastics at the University of Vermont, the other, an ASOPRS-approved fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his clinic responsibilities, he has worked extensively on animal models of periocular inflammation with a goal of targeted therapeutic interventions. On the personal side, he is married to Lianne (an attorney), and is the extremely proud father of a beautiful nine-month old daughter named Molly. His hobbies include running (having completed ten marathons), watching and playing a variety of sports, and cooking.  

Jitka Zobal-Ratner, MD
Associate Professor
Pediatric Ophthalmology

Jitka Zobal-Ratner, MD is currently the vice chair of the AAPOS Professional Education Committee and will assume the chair this year.  She continues to serve as an associate examiner for the ABO and was recently a mentor examiner. She was a recipient of the AAPOS Honor Award in 2005.  She received the AAO honor award in 2008.  She serves on the board of directors of the AMC Alumni Association.

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Martha G. Farber, MD
Professor and Chief of Ophthalmology

Martha G. Farber, MD is currently president of the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists. She is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology and, as chairperson of the Oral Examination Committee, directs the Board examinations each year. Marty continues her service on the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for ophthalmology and serves on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Marty again taught ophthalmic pathology at the Lancaster Course. She serves as associate chief of staff for education at the Albany VA. She has been the longtime chief of ophthalmology at the Albany VA and is an invaluable asset to the residency program.

Anna Allen MD, PhD
General Ophthalmology

Anna Allen, MD, PhD is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist treating pediatric and adult patients in her private office. As a comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Dr. Allen manages a variety of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, pediatric eye conditions and eyelid problems.  She graduated with honors from Kharkov State University in Ukraine then completed her PhD program in Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester.  Dr. Allen graduated Cum Laude from medical school at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and completed post-graduate training in Ophthalmology at Albany Medical Center.  Doctor Anna Allen is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Albany Medical Center and she teaches residents cataract and laser surgery as well as the art of Ophthalmology at Stratton VA Medical Center.  Her research interests include resident cataract surgery education.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the New York State Ophthalmological Society.

Robert Brass, MD
General Ophthalmology and Cornea

Robert Brass, MD graduated with a double major BS in chemical engineering and technical communications from Clarkson University.  He went on to medical school at the University of Wisconsin, residency at New York Medical College and returned to the University of Wisconsin for a corneal fellowship. In addition to his thriving practice in the Capital District, Dr. Brass oversees residents at the Albany VA and is particularly interested in the instruction of cataract surgery. His efforts in this regard earned him the Golden Apple teaching award in 2008.  He is actively involved in clinical research using anterior segment OCT.  Currently, he is working with Dr. David Huang, one of the inventors of OCT, on measuring corneal power for intraocular lens calculations in post op LASIK corneas.  He recently was awarded "Best paper of session" at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meeting.  Dr. Brass was included among the list of best ophthalmologists in the Capital District by the Times Union 2011.

Peter Duffy, MD
General Ophthalmology

Peter J. Duffy, MD is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist with a private practice in Albany. He has been teaching residents at the VA since 2004. Originally from Galway, Ireland where he completed medical school, he came to Albany in 1998 and completed residencies in both internal medicine and ophthalmology.

Lynn Fraterrigo, MD
General Ophthalmology

Lynn Fraterrigo, MD received a BA in Biology from the College of Holy Cross. She went on to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at the University of Iowa. She works part time with her family as a general ophthalmologist and spends a significant portion of her time at the VA, where she oversees general clinic and cataract surgery, both by the third and second year resident, a practice which she initiated.  She also served as acting chief of ophthalmology at the VA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Martin Kaback, MD
Glaucoma

Martin Kaback, MD received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed his internship and residency in ophthalmology at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. He completed his glaucoma fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. He returned to Jewish General Hospital and became the Director of Glaucoma Services before moving to Albany in 1984, at which time he was appointed Director of Glaucoma Services at Albany Medical College. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an associate professor of ophthalmology at Albany Medical Center and a consultant to Stratton VA Hospital.

 

Jaime Krepostman, MD
Retina

Jaime Krepostman, MD has been involved with the Albany Medical College residency program for over twenty years. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Albany Medical Center. He currently serves as retina surgeon for the VA hospital where he oversees all clinic and surgical responsibilities, clinical research and regular FA conferences. Jaime was honored with the Golden Apple Award in 2007 for his long time commitment to resident education.

Robert J. Ruggiero, OD
Optometry Service/Vision Rehabilitation

Robert J. Ruggiero, OD received his BS in Public Health from University of Massachusetts and his Optometric degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a residency in Primary Care and a second residency in Vision Rehabilitation and then joined the faculty at the college. As an Associate Professor he taught vision rehabilitation and was a clinical instructor at the Eye Institute in Philadelphia in both primary eye care and low vision rehabilitation.  He later was in private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY before joining the staff at the Eye Clinic, Stratton VA Medical Center. He is currently responsible for Optometric eye care at the VA Eye Clinic and residency training in vision rehabilitation, refractive techniques and contact lenses.