Conditions and Treatments
- intraocular melanoma
- squamous cell cancer
- excision of melanoma
- eye surgery
- ocular surface tumor removal
- radiation therapy
- Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
- 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
The New York Eye Cancer Center
115 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
Research My Research
eye cancer, eye and orbit radiation therapy, orbital Disease, small incision biopsy
My career would not have been possible without my fellowship/apprenticeship experience with Samuel Packer MD, writing numerous systematic reviews of the literature, investigational learning to support my inventions/innovations in ophthalmic oncology, and desire to stretch the limits of patient care to provide excellent outcomes.
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, and new eye and vision sparing radiation methods and 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, and conjunctival melanoma as well as 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
Survey of ophthalmology. 2020 Jul - Aug; 65(4):421-437
British journal of ophthalmology. 2022 Apr ; 106(4):510-517