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Retina Associates of New York is a group of four ophthalmologists trained extensively in the field of Retina and Vitreous disorders. Let’s learn more about them.

Dr. Ben Z. Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Ben Zane Cohen started his practice as a Retina Specialist in New York City in 1983. He took the first steps toward his vision of a state-of-the-art Retina Practice in 1986 when he established Retina Associates of New York at 140 East 80th Street and outfitted the offices with the most modern equipment available for treating diseases of the Retina. As the practice grew, he added satellite offices to care for patients outside of Manhattan. The Forest Hills office now serves patients in the Queens area and the New Rochelle office serves patients in Southern Westchester and the Bronx. As the medical technology for eye surgery developed, Dr. Cohen saw the need for a surgery center focused on ophthalmic disorders. He began implementing this phase of his vision in the late 1990s, when he applied to the New York State Department of Health for a permit to build an article 28 surgery facility. In 2000, after he received his permit, he began to build a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center dedicated to ophthalmic disorders requiring specialized surgery and the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York officially opened in 2008.

Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his postgraduate internship at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He took his Ophthalmology residency training at the University of Chicago, after which he completed a fellowship in Macular Disorders at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He continued on to a Fellowship in Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School and a Fellowship in Clinical Research at the Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation.

Dr. Cohen has served as a Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an Assistant Attending at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, an Associate Adjunct Surgeon at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and a Special Services Consultant to Sound Shore Medical Center.

As an active member of the medical community and fully dedicated to his profession, Dr. Cohen is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Heed Society, the Schepens Society, the American College of Surgeons, the New York Ophthalmological Society and the Vitreous Society. He has also published articles in leading Ophthalmology publications and chapters in various books.

Dr. Kenneth J. Wald, M.D.

Dr. Kenneth J. Wald joined Retina Associates of New York in 1993. As an enthusiastic learner and teacher, he has always kept pace with the most recent treatments for vitreoretinal diseases. This passion has led him to become the driving force behind the research conducted at Retina Associates of New York. He has been Principle Investigator on a number of Clinical Drug Trials with Genentech and Othera Pharmaceuticals, including studies for the treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Macular Edema and prevention of Cataracts following Macular Hole Surgery.

Dr. Wald received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha) and did his internship at Cornell University (New York Presbyterian Hospital). He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, where he spent a year as Chief Resident. He then went on to a two year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is currently an Associate Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University and Surgeon Director at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.

Dr. Wald has had many articles published in Ophthalmic Journals and is a member of such respected medical societies as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, the Manhattan Ophthalmologic Society, the New York Laser Surgical Society, the Association of Research and Vision in Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr. Wald has also been part of “ORBIS”, the flying eye hospital, and recently traveled to Uganda with the mission to provide charitable eye care for a population to whom modern medical care is not readily available.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Paccione, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Paccione joined Retina Associates of New York in 1998. With him he brought the dedication to his patients and profession that earned him the Attending of the Year, Ophthalmology Award at the Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as a belief in giving back to society that has led him to undertake honorary ophthalmic missions in the US and other countries such as the Philippines.

Dr. Paccione received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (Alpha Omega Alpha) and took his internship at the University of California, Los Angeles. His Ophthalmic Residency followed at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, after which he did an intensive, two year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a Clinical Attending at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.

He takes an active interest in research and clinical drug trials, publishing results and giving presentations at academic conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New York Medical Society and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.

Dr. Alfred J. Nadel, M.D.

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Dr. Alfred J. Nadel joined Retina Associates of New York in 2003, to which he brought forty years of Clinical Vitreo-Retinal practice.

A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Nadel did his internship at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco; his residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago; and a Fellowship in Retinal Diseases & Surgery at New York Hospital of Cornell University Medical School.

He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University and is currently an Attending Surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was the director of the Retinal Service. He has received awards as “Teacher of the Year” and trained many medical students who eventually became Retinal Specialists now in practice throughout the country.

Dr. Nadel is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, the British-American Retina Group, the Societe Francaise D’Ophthalmologie, the New York Society of Clinical Ophthalmology, the Committee on Continuing Medical Education and the New York County Medical Society. He has written many articles published in ophthalmic journals as well as several chapters in ophthalmic textbooks. He has also presented papers at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the “Societe d’Ophtalmologie Francaise”. As one of the early participants in the prestigious “ORBIS” program, he undertook medical missions in Costa Rica and China, for which he received acclaim from the Lions Club of Costa Rica and “ORBIS”. He has also been involved in training missions in Poland and India.

Dr. Raphael E. Rosenbaum, M.D.

Dr. Niel J. Squillante, M.D.

Dr. Joseph J. Tseng, M.D.