Paul T. Finger, MD

  • Specialties: Retinal Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Medical Oncology
  • Languages: English, Russian, Spanish
  • Phone: 212-832-8170

About Me

Conditions and Treatments

intraocular melanoma, eye surgery, squamous cell cancer, excision of melanoma, retinoblastoma, non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin disease (HD), CNS lymphoma, basal cell cancer, childhood cancer, glioma, kaposi sarcoma
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Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology, 1990
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, North Shore University Hospital - Manhasset, Ocular Oncology, 1987
  • Residency, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Ophthalmology, 1986
  • MD from Tulane University, 1982
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Locations and Appointments

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  • Medicare
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The New York Eye Cancer Center

115 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

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Research My Research

Interests

radiation, ultrasound imaging, anti-VEGF therapy, small incision biopsy

Research Summary

I started my research career as a Tulane medical student. Work there led me to co-invented a microwave applicator for intraocular hyperthermia along with Robert Paglione from RCA. Taking this work from bench (Brookhaven National Laboratory and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) to bedside (North Shore – Cornell), I found it could save sight and life.

Subsequent highlights of my innovations include the discovery of palladium-103 plaque therapy for intraocular tumors, topical chemotherapy (Mitomycin and interferon) “eye drops” for conjunctival melanoma as well as new eye and vision sparing radiation methods/devices for cancers located anteriorly in the iris or posteriorly around the optic nerve. In 2007, I first reported anti-VEGF treatment to suppress radiation retinopathy and anterior optic neuropathy. This method is widely used, saving vision around the world.

In terms of new methods of diagnosis, my published research efforts include 3D-ultrasound techniques to reveal previously obscure areas of the eye, optic nerve and orbit. Out of necessity, I established normative high frequency ultrasound measurements for the iris and ciliary body. Other contributions were typically published to support my fellows and residents. We have published on whole-body PET/CT to diagnose and stage ocular melanoma, orbital lymphoma, sebaceous carcinoma, conjunctival melanoma and have evaluated SUV as a biomarker for choroidal melanoma metastasis. In other works, we showed that PET/CT can be used to discover and stage systemic metastasis to the eye, reveal oculosystemic sarcoidosis and evaluate choroidal melanoma response to ophthalmic radiation therapy. Separately, I recognized that using available small gauge aspiration cutter technology would allow for safer, self-sealing, micro-incisional biopsies. This clinical research generated publications on the “Finger Iridectomy Technique (FIT)” as well as the “Finger Aspiration Cutter Technique (FACT)” for orbital tumors. 

Research Interests Timeline

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Publications

  • PRESUMED RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM TUMOR ORIGINATING FROM UNILATERAL RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM DYSGENESIS

    Gal-Or, Orly; Finger, Paul T; Fisher, Yale L; Yannuzzi, Lawrence A; Freund, K Bailey Gal-Or, Orly; Finger, Paul T; Fisher, Yale L; Yannuzzi, Lawrence A; Freund, K Bailey
    Retinal cases & brief reports. 2017 Mar 22. ?-?

  • INTRAVITREAL BEVACIZUMAB IN THE MANAGEMENT OF BREAST CANCER IRIS METASTASIS

    Seidman, Carly J; Finger, Paul T; Silverman, Joshua S; Oratz, Ruth Seidman, Carly J; Finger, Paul T; Silverman, Joshua S; Oratz, Ruth
    Retinal cases & brief reports. 2017 Jan. 11 (1): 47-50

  • International Survey of Staging for Retinoblastoma Provides Evidence for the 2016 8th Edition AJCC TNMH Retinoblastoma Cancer Staging [Meeting Abstract]

    Gallie, BL; Mallipatna, A; Finger, P; Zhao, J; Kivela, T; Chantada, G; Lau, W; Ramirez-Ortiz, MA; Catala, J; Yousef, Y; Ushakova, T; Yarovoy, A; Wilson, M; Khetan, V; Walsh, J; Blair, P; Renner, L; Teekappanava, N Gallie, BL; Mallipatna, A; Finger, P; Zhao, J; Kivela, T; Chantada, G; Lau, W; Ramirez-Ortiz, MA; Catala, J; Yousef, Y; Ushakova, T; Yarovoy, A; Wilson, M; Khetan, V; Walsh, J; Blair, P; Renner, L; Teekappanava, N
    Pediatric blood & cancer. 2016 Nov. 63: S21-S21

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