I am a board-certified ophthalmologist and have been a member of the ophthalmic oncology team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center since 2008. I am one of the very few ocular oncologists trained in all aspects of eye cancer, and my clinical experience in treating these diseases is among the most extensive in the US.
I was drawn to ophthalmology and eye surgery because I marveled at how the eye worked and realized how important vision is for life. The challenge of saving vision in an eye that contained cancer while saving the patient’s life later sparked my interest in ophthalmic oncology. During my eight-year tenure at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia I gained extensive experience treating intraocular tumors (tumors of the eyelid, orbit, and conjunctiva) in children and adults. I also developed and improved many surgical procedures used to cure cancers of the eye and successfully treated thousands of patients and helped their families though their battle with eye cancer.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering I have joined a group of ophthalmic oncologists who share my goals of advancing the field while saving patients’ lives and their vision. This collaborative group of caring and knowledgeable physicians uses the Center’s comprehensive resources to the benefit each patient.
I lecture and consult internationally and am an author of almost 50 research articles in the field of ocular oncology. I volunteer my medical services in underserviced parts of the world, currently Indonesia, and have helped train physicians in more than 20 countries. My efforts as a contributor to ongoing education in ocular oncology have been recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
It brings me great satisfaction to help patients navigate through a difficult time in their lives, dealing with eye cancer.
- Clinical Expertise: Ophthalmic Oncology
- Awards and Honors: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014; 2016)
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Temple University Medical School
- Residencies: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
- Fellowships: Wills Eye Hospital
- Board Certifications: Ophthalmology
“Conjunctival cat-scratch disease.” Marr BP, Shields CL. In: Ophthalmology Pearls. Gault JA, ed. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus; 2003: 130-1.
“Tumors of the eyelids.” Marr BP, Shields CL, Shields JA. In: Duane’s Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. Tasman WS, Jaeger EA, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Willliams & Wilkins; 2005.
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