Letter from the Chairman

As Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, I work continuously to improve patient care and residency training. Aiding me is a trusty cadre including Dr. Nathan Nataneli (Residency Program Director), Dr. Nancy Blace (Associate Residency Program Director), Dr. Judith Gurland (Vice Chairman), Dr. Pearl Rosenbaum (Director of Resident Research), Evelyn Mojica (Coordinator Ophthalmology Residency Program) and Richard Thompson (Practice Administrator)

BLHC ophthalmology residents receive outstanding training in comprehensive ophthalmology and in all ophthalmic subspecialties. Our residents work with faculty having specialized expertise in cataract surgery, cornea & refractive surgery, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular pathology/oncology, oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology & strabismus, retina & vitreous, and uveitis. The BLHC & SBH emergency departments provide acute eye care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our residents get excellent training in the medical and surgical management of ocular trauma.

While a majority of the clinical training for residents occurs at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center – Concourse Division, we have other teaching affiliations that are important components of our residency program. These include: BronxCare satellite locations, SBH Health System (St. Barnabas Hospital Center), New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, Union Square Eye Care (Dr. Wisnicki – Pediatrics & Strabismus), and Mandel Vision (Refractive Surgery).

Complementing the strong clinical training is our didactics and conference schedule.  At BLHC-GCON, didactic education takes place through faculty lectures, Grand Rounds, Quality of Care and Preferred Practice Plan conferences, Journal Club, and Basic Science Review sessions. Residents attend the Columbia Basic Science Course held each January at the Harkness Eye Institute.

Plans for the current academic year include instituting a PGY-1 Transitional Year which will provide more time for ophthalmology residents to acquire the necessary clinical and surgical skills to practice as an ophthalmologist in the 21st century. We will also be expanding our Grand Concourse eye clinic, setting up retinal telemedicine at various satellite medical clinics, and bringing on additional faculty.

Training outstanding ophthalmologists is a key mission for our department.

For further information please contact me at 718-960-2044 or by email: MMayers@BronxLeb.org

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Martin Mayers, MD

Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology