Optometry Program

Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

Program Overview:

The Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center offers 4 positions for a one-year postgraduate residency in primary care/ocular disease affiliated with the SUNY College of Optometry. This program is designed to provide highlymotivated postgraduate optometrists with a rich clinical learning experience through its diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities in both hospital and communitybased clinical settings. The resident will have the opportunity to provide full-scope primary eye care to patients of all ages, comanage patients with complex ocular diseases with ophthalmology subspecialists, utilize advanced ophthalmic equipment and technology, and observe ophthalmic surgical procedures. After completing the program, the resident will have acquired a high level of clinical competency in providing fullscope optometric care as well as advanced didactic education. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills necessary to thrive in the areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospitalbased, academic, as well as private practice clinical settings.

Residency Program Curriculum:

Didactic Education

  • Attend lectures given by the Ophthalmology Attendings at the BronxLebanon Hospital Center every morning
  • Attend SUNY College of Optometry’s Friday Program
  • Attend and participate in weekly journal club, fluorescein conference, or case conferences with Optometry Attendings.
  • Attend American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) Annual Meeting

Clinical Training

  • Gain concentrated clinical experience in examining and managing patients from the very young to the very old
  • Rotate through ophthalmology subspecialty clinics at the BronxLebanon Hospital Center:
    • Medical and Surgical Retina
    • Neuroophthalmology
    • Glaucoma
    • Cornea
    • Oculoplastics
    • On Call Service
  • Learn and become highly proficient in advanced clinical skills such as gonioscopy, scleral indentation, and Bscan ultrasound
  • Learn how to interpret ancillary testing results such as OCT, GDx, corneal topography, and ultrasound biomicroscopy

Professional Activities:

  • Present minor and major lecture presentations at SUNY College of Optometry’s Friday Program
  • Present at least one poster presentation at a major optometric meeting (ie. AOA, AAO, SECO)
  • Submit a manuscript for publication in a peerreviewed optometric journal

Application Process:

Candidates are matched through ORMS. Please visit the ORMS website for more information regarding the application process, deadlines, and fees: http://optometryresident.org.

Please forward the following materials to the Program Supervisor by February 1 in order to be considered for the residency:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of NBEO Part I & II scores
  • Official optometry school transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Interested candidates must be registered through ORMS. Candidates will be invited for interviews based upon the information furnished in the application materials.


  • Yearly stipend of $38, 000
  • No tuition or fees
  • Protected educational time to attend optometric meetings and conferences
  • Professional Liability Protection provided
  • Access to SUNY College of Optometry & Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Libraries
  • Health, dental, retirement, and disability  benefits provided by the BronxLebanon Hospital Center
  • Paid vacation, sick, and personal leave.  The hospital also observes 8 holidays per
  • year
  • Access to discount tickets to many recreational activities in the New York City metropolitan area.


Tybee Eleff, O.D.,MS, Diplomate ABO
Program Supervisor, Attending

Danielle Crane, O.D.  Attending

Alanna Khattar O.D., F.A.A.O.

For more information:

Tybee Eleff, O.D.
Program Supervisor
1650 Selwyn Avenue, Suite 1C
Bronx, NY  10457

Phone: (718) 960‐2041
Fax: (718) 9602045
Email: TEleff@bronxleb.org


SUNY College of Optometry
Optometric Residency Matching Service