Ophthalmology Chairman Appointed At New York Eye And Ear Infirmary

May 13, 2013, 16:39 ET from The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Paul A. Sidoti, MD, to Lead Department at One of Nation's Foremost Specialty Eye Care Facilities

VALHALLA, N.Y., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Medical College and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary have appointed Paul A. Sidoti, M.D., as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI), an affiliate of New York Medical College in New York City.

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Dr. Sidoti, who is also Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Medical College, had been NYEEI Ophthalmology Residency Program Director for the past seven years, as well as director of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service (Outpatient Eye Department) at NYEEI.

An attending physician in the faculty practice, he was named a Surgeon Director in 2007 at NYEEI. Dr. Sidoti specializes in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, with particular areas of interest and expertise in the management of co-existing glaucoma and corneal disease, aqueous shunt surgery, and Trabectome surgery, a minimally invasive glaucoma surgical procedure.

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer at New York Medical College, said, "The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and the New York Medical College have been partners since 1880. The search for a new chairman of ophthalmology was conducted nationally by a faculty search committee and it is clear that Dr. Sidoti, a renowned glaucoma expert and medical educator, is the right person to move this program forward. "

D. McWilliams Kessler, president and CEO of NYEEI, said, "We are fortunate to have in Dr. Sidoti a career physician dedicated to The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, with his academic and administrative accomplishments, as well as commitment to medical education, ensuring the hospital's tradition of outstanding clinical care in Ophthalmology and leadership in the training of future generations of ophthalmologists."

Dr. Sidoti is a graduate of Princeton University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He completed an internship in internal medicine at The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center and residency in ophthalmology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He did a postgraduate fellowship in glaucoma at the Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California, where he was also clinical instructor of ophthalmology in the School of Medicine.

After his fellowship, Dr. Sidoti returned to The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as Medical Director of the Outpatient Clinics, and proceeded to assume increasing responsibilities in the academic program, in the faculty practice, and as a researcher.

Dr. Sidoti has received professional recognition with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, Glaucoma Foundation Medical Service Award, and NYEEI Residents' Award for Outstanding Teaching and Dedicated Service. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at major medical conferences.  He has been a principle investigator in clinical trials involving techniques of glaucoma surgery and imaging studies to advance diagnosis of the disease at ever earlier and more treatable stages.

New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, is one of the nation's largest private health sciences universities with more than 1,400 students and 850 residents and fellows and nearly 2,600 faculty members. The leading academic biomedical research institution between New York City and Albany, the university manages more than $34.5 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, the neurosciences and infectious diseases. www.nymc.edu.

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, one of New York's and the nation's foremost specialized facilities, provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all related diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, and throat as well cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in a state-of-the-art hospital with a caring and friendly environment. Founded in 1820, it is the first and longest operating specialty hospital in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 30,000 surgical cases and 225,000 outpatient visits per year, it is also one of the largest and busiest. www.nyee.edu

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