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.
Nathaniel Nataneli, M.D. Residency Program Director; Cornea 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.
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 microsurgery 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.”
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 Oculoplastics 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 renowned 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, MD–Glaucoma 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, MD–Pediatric 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.
Zimei Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.–Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery
Dr. Zhou is a graduate of Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She then earned her Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology at Wayne State University. Following her ophthalmology residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Dr. Zhou completed a 2-year Vitreo-Retinal surgery fellowship at the University of Florida at Jacksonville.
Dr. Zhou specializes in medical and surgical management of vitreo-retinal diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, retinal detachment, macular diseases, retinopathy of prematurity and complex cataract.
Jay Wisnicki, MD–Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Eric Mandel, MD–Refractive Surgery
Eric R. Mandel, M.D., is the founder and medical director of Mandel Vision®, the premier laser vision correction center in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Mandel has participated in refractive laser research for over 30 years, including FDA investigations for advanced uses of the excimer laser.
A Harvard-trained corneal specialist, Dr. Mandel exclusively performs LASIK and PRK laser vision correction surgery in our state-of-the-art laser center in Manhattan.
A pioneer in laser vision correction, Dr. Mandel co-authored “Excimer Laser Radial Keratometry,” one of the first papers in the world which argued that excimer laser technology would revolutionize the field of refractive surgery.
Dr. Mandel is also the only exclusive laser vision correction surgeon in New York named in America’s Top Doctors, by Castle Connolly, for 16 consecutive years.
Dr. Mandel has lectured at both national and international meetings and authored the ophthalmic textbook Atlas of Corneal Disease. Additionally, Dr. Mandel personally trains other LASIK surgeons and top eye doctors in New York at the Mandel Vision® facility in Manhattan which includes Chief Residents from Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
Division of Optometry
Tybee Eleff, OD MS, Diplomate ABO – Optometry Residency Program Supervisor
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 an 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.
Danielle Crane, O.D.
Dr. Crane graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Doctorate of Optometry at SUNY State College of Optometry.
Throughout optometry school, Dr. Crane developed an interest in pediatric eye care. She did her residency in pediatric optometry at SUNY State College of Optometry and Woodhull Hospital. Before starting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Dr. Crane gained much experience in pediatric and adult optometric care working in optometric and ophthalmologic private practices.
Alanna Khattar, O.D.
Dr. Khattar is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada and graduated from Mount Allison University with her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with honors. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Khattar then completed her residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Primary Care and Ocular Disease.
While in optometry school, Dr. Khattar was an active member of Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH), participating in four international service trips as well as participating in Remote Area Medical clinics locally. After graduation, she continued to be involved with SVOSH as a staff doctor.
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 a local or national emergency.
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