Faculty and Administration

Attending Faculty

Martin Mayers M.D. Chairman, Cornea Anterior Segment Uveitis

Dr. Martin Mayers is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After receiving his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Mayers completed training in Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center followed by a Cornea/Uveitis fellowship at Francis I Proctor Foundation/UCSF. Dr. Mayers has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles and has served on a number of national medical advisory boards.


Jonathan Levine M.D. Residency Program Director, Medical Retina

Dr. Jonathan Levine is our Residency Program Director and a specialist in medical retina. A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Levine received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in medical retina at NYU under the mentorship of Drs. Ron Carr, Ken Noble and K. Bailey Freund. Dr. Levine specializes in the treatment of retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions and in treating age related macular degeneration. His current research interests are in the impact of visual floaters on patient quality of life and the effect of diabetic laser treatments on pupillary function.

Pearl S. Rosenbaum, M.D.Ophthalmic Pathology and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Director of Research

Dr. Pearl S. Rosenbaum is our director of research and is appointed Clinical Professor in the departments of Pathology and of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she completed a Pathology internship at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, an Ophthalmology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship training in Ophthalmic Pathology and Ophthalmic Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where she received NIH funding to study lymphomas of the conjunctiva and ocular adnexae. Dr. Rosenbaum is a clinician-scientist; she has successfully combined a career in clinical private practice and academia, focusing her medical and surgical practice on Comprehensive Ophthalmology. She is on the Ophthalmology clinic attending staff of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center where she also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology, Director of Resident Research, and Director of Ophthalmic Pathology. Her area of research interest lies in studying the mechanisms of retinal ischemia, for which she has received various NIH and privately-funded research grants.

Judith Gurland M.D. Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

A native New Yorker, Dr Judith Gurland is a pediatric ophthalmologist who has had experience in both academic and private practice. She graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she was also a resident in Ophthalmology under the tutelage of Dr Richard Troutman, a pioneer in the development of modern micro-surgery for Ophthalmology. After residency she completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship with Dr Arthur Wolintz, followed by Pediatric Ophthalmology training with Drs Phillip Knapp and Robert Ellsworth at the Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She learned phacoemulsification and IOL implantation techniques from Dr Charles Kelman, the primary developer of this procedure. As a pediatric ophthalmologist in private practice, Dr Gurland became affiliated with the New York Association for the Blind (The Lighthouse) and, with Dr Eleanor Faye, opened a low-vision service for children at that organization. She also began a full-service Low Vision Program in the late 1970’s at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

In 1990 she joined the Albert Einstein College of Medicine teaching staff and became the Assistant Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. She is the recipient of several Teaching awards; has made presentations at national and international Ophthalmology meetings; has participated in American Academy of Ophthalmology committees, and has published several book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles.

In her words: “I am committed to assuring that all children receive the highest quality of eye care possible and believe we can train our residents to be among the future leaders in this country and internationally to achieve this goal.”

Joseph Zelefsky M.D. Glaucoma/ Anterior Segment

Dr. Joseph Zelefsky specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Zelefsky received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2003. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at New York University and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital followed by fellowship training in glaucoma at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary with Drs. Robert Ritch, Jeffrey Liebmann and Celso Tello. Dr. Zelefsky joined the staff at BLHC in 2008 and is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the director of the glaucoma service at BLHC. He has lectured extensively across the country and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on glaucoma and other ophthalmological conditions.

Alexander Traykovski M.D.Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Alexander Traykovski has been associated with our hospital since 1965. He specializes in anterior segment of the eye and comprehensive Ophthalmology. Dr Traykovski provides our residents with the unique perspective of having trained with the founders of modern Ophthalmology. He has been the recipient of multiple residency teaching awards. Dr. Traykovski often cares for multiple generations within the same family in the true spirit of “family medicine”.


Simeon Lauer M.D.Oculoplastic and Orbital surgery

Dr. Simeon Lauer obtained his MD degree at SUNY Downstate and completed his Residency Training in Ophthalmology at Montefiore Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Oculoplasics at LSU Eye Center, New Orleans, LA and is a member of ASOPRS.



Relly Chern M.D.Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic and Orbital surgery

Dr. Relly Chern joined our faculty in 2002. Dr. Chern trained with reknowned plastic surgeons Drs. Arthur Ship and Paul Weiss. Under Dr. Chern’s supervision residents perform a range of orbital and lid procedures in the operating room. In addition, they routinely perform procedures in the clinic’s minor OR such as blepharoplasty, corrective procedures for trichiasis, facial fillers, and botulinum toxin.



Nancy Blace, M.D., Ph.D.Neuro-Ophthalmology/ Oculoplastic and Orbital surgery

Dr. Nancy Blace received her MD/Ph.D and completed her residency at SUNY Downstate. She completed her fellowship training in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center/SUNY Downstate.



Alix Fleury, MDGlaucoma Specialist

Dr. Alix Fleury received his MD degree from the State University of Haiti, Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie. He then completed residency training in ophthalmology at the State University Hospital of Haiti in Port-au-Prince in 1989. He moved to the United States in 1995 and had three years of residency training in Family Medicine at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. He then completed residency training in Ophthalmology at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital followed by fellowship training in glaucoma at the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York.

Dr. Fleury returned to the Ophthalmology department at Bronx Lebanon where he continues to enjoy providing general ophthalmology care with an emphasis on glaucoma for this very diverse patient population.

Scott Afran, MDPediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Dr. Scott Afran specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He is a graduate of the Boston University Six Year Medical Program and completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Northwestern University. He has extensive experience in resident training in pediatric ophthalmology/strabismus management and has participated in the training program at Einstein for over 20 years. He also teaches at NY Medical College and is fully committed to working with the residents at Bronx Lebanon Hospital to provide them with appropriate training in medical and surgical pediatric ophthalmology. He works closely with Dr. Gurland to make sure that the residents receive comprehensive training in this area.

Nathaniel Nataneli, MDCornea and Cataract

Dr. Nathan Nataneli graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency in Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and his cornea fellowship at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, under the direction of Henry Perry and Eric Donnenfeld.

He specializes in the management of corneal and external disease, such as dry eye, ectatic, inflammatory, and infectious disease. He performs cataract, refractive, and corneal transplant surgery.

Jay Wisnicki, MDPediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus






Eric Mandel, MDRefractive Surgery





Brandon Johnson, MDVitreoretinal Disease

Dr. Brandon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Haverford College and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where he received an award for outstanding medical student research. Dr. Johnson completed his internship in General Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He performed his ophthalmology residency at the Wills Eye Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Johnson completed his two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Emory University.

Dr. Johnson is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. Dr. Johnson has authored numerous articles and book chapters on vitreoretinal diseases and has lectured at ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Johnson enjoys actively participating in the training of ophthalmology residents

Dr. Johnson has expertise in all areas of retinal surgery including macular holes, macular pucker, retinal detachment, and diabetic vitrectomy. He has been involved as a clinical investigator in several clinical trials pertaining to age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, uveitis, and vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and American Medical Association.

Division of Optometry

Lily Zhu-Tam, OD, FAAO, Optometry Residency Program Director

Dr. Zhu-Tam graduated from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry in 2005.  In 2006, she completed a residency program at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the specialty of pediatric and binocular vision.  Thereafter, Dr. Zhu-Tam joined the faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry as an Assistant Clinical Professor, where she taught optometry students and residents in the areas of pediatrics, binocular vision and primary care. 

 Along with her academic experience, she also has experience working at ophthalmology and optometry private practices prior to joining the staff at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.  Currently, she is the Director of The Optometry Residency Program at BLHC, where she oversees the advance clinical and academic training of all optometry residents.

 Dr. Zhu-Tam has published several clinical articles in peer reviewed journals and has lectured at Continuing Education classes.  Furthermore, she was an active research examiner in the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial, a national randomized multi-center clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute and chaired by Dr. Mitchell Scheiman.  She has also presented numerous novel ideas at national conferences.  In addition, she is also a certified fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an associate member of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development and currently holds faculty appointment at the SUNY College of Optometry. 


Tybee Eleff, OD

Dr. Tybee Eleff began her career in health sciences when she received her BS in Biology sum cum laude from Touro College, New York, NY. Upon graduation she received the outstanding Scholar award, as well as the Scholarly Achievement and Excellence in Biology award. Subsequently, she completed her doctorate of optometry at SUNY – College of Optometry where she was Schnurmacher Merit Scholarship recipient, as well as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Together with her Doctorate she received the Vision Service Plan Award for Excellence in primary care.

Dr. Eleff completed her residency in Ocular Disease and Family Practice at East New York Diagnostic and Treatment center and affiliate of King’s County Hospital and SUNY – College of Optometry. There she provided primary optometric care, as well as treatment for the full spectrum of ophthalmologic disease for a diverse population. Dr. Eleff is also a candidate for her Master’s degree in Vision Science Research at SUNY – State College of Optometry. While performing research for her degree, her findings were accepted as a poster at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).

After finishing her residency Dr. Eleff gained extensive experience spending several years in both optometric and ophthalmologic private practice, before joining the staff of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Concurrently, she served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY – College of Optometry, and was on the staff of New York University.


Dr. Nancy Laifer, OD, MA

Dr. Laifer has over 32 years of experience as an Optometrist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, specializing in contact lenses, ocular prosthetics, and sub-normal vision.

She received her optometric degree from SUNY State College of Optometry, and an M.A. degree in Biology from Columbia University.
She is the author of several scientific optometric articles, and is a former member of the Commission for the Blind.
Dr. Laifer holds an FCC Extra Class amateur radio license to assist medical communications in the event of local or national emergency.
Dennis Chui, OD

Dr. Dennis Chui, a native Californian, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.  He then went on to earn his doctorate of optometry at SUNY State College of Optometry where he was elected membership of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society.

Upon completion of optometry school, Dr. Chui completed a hospital based residency program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center with a focus on primary eye care and the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular disease.

Dr. Chui has presented case reports at numerous conferences and lectured for continuing professional education at SUNY State College of Optometry.  He is also an active member of the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.

Melissa Lee-Kung, OD

Dr. Melissa Lee-Kung received her Doctor of Optometry as well as her Masters in Vision Science degrees in 2002 at SUNY College of Optometry. She went on to complete a residency in 2003, in the cornea and specialty contact lenses service at the University Optometric Center under the tutulage of prominent cornea specialists and specialty contact lens doctors.
Dr. Lee-Kung is an active fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She was an instructor of record for the Masters Program at the University of Aguascalientes, Mexico. (2003-2004). She has lectured to fellow optometrists and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at several professional conferences over the years.

Alongside senior doctors and researchers, she served an Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry for 11 years. She is has been a consultant for NY’s prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary – Specialty Contact Lens Department where she trained residents to handle complicated cases, including post-surgical and advanced corneal conditions. She has also worked concurrently in optometric private practice for the past 12 yrs, before joining the faculty at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center.


Evelyn Mojica, Residency Program Coordinator

Evelyn has over 15 years of experience in different areas of
healthcare. In addition to her role of Residency Coordinator for
Ophthalmology, Evelyn chaired the Residency Coordinators Committee at
BLHC from July 2010 to June 2011 and was recognized as the Coordinator
of the Year by the Medical Staff Organization at Bronx-Lebanon
Hospital Center in 2009.

Evelyn also co-authored a poster presentation at the ACGME Annual
Conference in March 2008, entitled “Resident Portfolio Use to
Document ACGME Competencies Using the Preferred Practice Pattern of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology”. Evelyn also runs our resident
workshop on Cultural Sensitivity.

Tanya Arias, Administrative Assistant