Operation Restore Vision Team Members
Ronald C. Gentile MD, FACS, FASRS
Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of the Ocular Trauma Service (posterior segment), and Coordinator of the Retina Service at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) affiliated with Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He is a retinal specialist and surgeon with expertise in diabetic eye disease, retinal vascular disorders, macular diseases, ultrasonography, UBM, retinal detachments and ocular trauma. He completed his internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and his ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and completed his Retina Fellowship at the prestigious Kresge Eye Institute. He has authored over a hundred publications describing pathophysiological concepts, novel surgical techniques, and diagnostic tests for ocular diseases, and is a reviewer for ophthalmic journals. He is past president New York Academy of Medicine, Ophthalmology Section, and a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the New York Ophthalmological Society.
John Mitchell Aljian, MD
Chief of the Eye Trauma Service at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract/new technology intraocular lens surgery, cornea transplantation, ocular trauma, and laser surgery. Dr. Aljian is a medical educator and instructs resident physicians in cataract, corneal, eye trauma, and laser surgery, and has received numerous awards for his surgical teaching. Dr. Aljian is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City. Dr. Aljian serves on the board of the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology, is an active fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Nelson Ventura Co, CRNA
Julissa Cruz, MD
Scott W. Hamilton, MBA, COT
Sanjay R. Kedhar, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine and Director of the Ocular Immunology Service at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He previously served on the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital and The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Dr. Kedhar received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and fellowships in cornea, anterior segment disease, refractive surgery and ocular immunology/uveitis at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kedhar specializes in the medical and surgical management of patients with uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases as well as complex cornea and anterior segment disease. Dr. Kedhar performs corneal transplants, cataract and pharmacological implant surgeries in these patients and participates in numerous research projects on the efficacy of these disease treatments. He has authored over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, numerous textbook chapters and is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally.
Joseph Panarelli, MD
Christopher C.W. Teng, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Teng received his undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and is a board certified subspecialty trained glaucoma specialist. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at New York University Medical Center and fellowship in Glaucoma at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, and has presented his research at national and international meetings. His research and clinical interests include the optic nerve complex, parapapillary atrophy, glaucoma surgery, micro invasive glaucoma surgery and complex anterior segment and cataract surgery.
Dr. Omar Ozgur, MD
A board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in medical and surgical care of abnormalities of the eyelids, tear-drainage system, orbit and upper and mid-face. Dr. Ozgur obtained his BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, and his medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai, and an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Medical Center. Prior to medical school he was a software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Ozgur has been integrating computer technology with medical care and research throughout his career, initially as an aerospace medicine intern at the Kennedy Space Center and currently as a co-investigator at the Johnson Space Center investigating ocular, orbital and facial changes in astronauts.
Pedro Vasquez, ORT
Pedro Vasquez was born in Bonao, Dominican Republic. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 years old and attended public elementary and high school in NYC. He worked his way through school starting in the house keeping department of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) at Mount Sinai, formally the NYEEI. His hard work and perserverence lead him to advance from a Nursing Assistant (CNA) to the most sought after and talented Operating Room Technician (ORT) at the NYEEI. He has years of experience doing humanitarian missions, working with the Volunteer Health Program (VHP). He has a specific affinity to missions in the Dominican Republic that give him great pride to be able to give back to his country of origin. Pedro has become an indispensible member of the team, providing not only superb operating room care to the poor, but he also helps train local operating room nurses on new techniques to maximize patient surgical care and efficiency.