Nassau University Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology is outstanding ophthalmic teaching center located on Long Island, NY.

Our residents come from across the country to embark on an intensive three-year educational experience, with each level of training building on the knowledge base of the year before.  At this bustling Level 1 Trauma Center, we service over 16,000 patients annually through our Eye Center, seeing everything from routine exams to rare and advanced pathology.  There is a great camaraderie between our residents, who truly become part of our ophthalmology family and enjoy life on Long Island.

Our growing team of fellowship-trained faculty is highly regarded for their depth of knowledge and skill, but they are best known for their approachability and commitment to patient care and teaching.  They represent the full spectrum of ophthalmic subspecialties, with fields of expertise including cataract, anterior segment, refractive surgery, glaucoma, vitreoretinal surgery, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, pediatric ophthalmology, and ophthalmic pathology.

Our patients, like our residents, come from across Nassau County, the neighboring counties, the state of New York and the world.  We serve patients from a vast array of diverse backgrounds, ranging from life-long Long Islanders to recent immigrants.  A large portion of our patient population base comes from underserved countries.

Our residents have the honor of the opportunity to serve and positively impact our patients’ vision and health.

After completing training at our program, our graduates command the necessary skills and knowledge to be distinguished comprehensive ophthalmologists.  The majority of our graduates pursue fellowship training in a wide range of subspecialties, but those that choose comprehensive ophthalmology are unparalleled in their excellent performance.  The opportunities for our graduates are endless.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Marcelle M. Morcos, MD, FACS
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Residency Program Director

Program Description

The Department of Ophthalmology has been continuously accredited since it was founded in 1967.  We train excellent comprehensive ophthalmologists and prepare residents for the American Board of Ophthalmology certification and for competitive fellowships in their field of choice.

We are committed to attracting exceptional students and retaining outstanding faculty who provide superlative patient care as well as clinical and didactic training for medical students, resident physicians, and post-residency fellows in ophthalmology.  Additionally, the Department promotes continuing medical education for practicing ophthalmologists through courses, conferences, and the annual Resident Research Day.

Comprehensive ophthalmologic care is provided through the clinic daily in the Eye Center.  Subspecialty clinics are generally held in the afternoons weekly. Ophthalmic emergency care provided by our department around the clock. Please click for a virtual tour of the department – https://youtu.be/SFwsbo_F6uo.

We take pride in our commitment to the care of all patients from our county, neighboring counties, and around the world, regardless of their ability to pay.






2020 was the inception of Joint internship (PGY-1 year) with our department of Medicine. All applicants applying through SF Match to begin ophthalmology training in 2025 must also submit an application for July 2024 NUMC preliminary medicine year through ERAS. This internship will include a 3 month rotation in our Ophthalmology Department.

FIRST YEAR The first year of our Ophthalmology Residency Program emphasizes the art and science of the ophthalmic exam, including diagnostic clinical skills and patient management.  Our resident is the patient’s primary ophthalmic care provider, and emphasis is placed on continuity of care.

Residents receive early exposure to surgical techniques.  Our program has a dedicated wet lab where residents can practice skills and prepare for procedures at any time.  As the first years gain proficiency, they are introduced to the operating room with a variety of extraocular procedures as well as common laser procedures.

All residents attend weekly didactic sessions, where basic science topics and case reports are discussed under attending supervision.  Didactic education is supplemented by American Academy of Ophthalmology curriculum and learning resources.

The first year residents attend a four-week basic science course in January at the Columbia Harkness Eye Institute, a course that offers a unique professional development opportunity with both didactic lectures and hands-on workshops.  The course is delivered by more than 80 clinicians and scientists who are chosen for their expertise in their field.

SECOND YEAR Subsequent years of residency training build on the skills and aptitudes developed during the first year of ophthalmology residency.  Second year residents have more prominent roles in the subspecialty clinics as well as the opportunity to participate in all subspecialty surgeries, emphasis is placed on strabismus, oculoplastics, and more advanced laser surgeries.

Second year residents have a designated two-month surgical rotation at Columbia Harkness Eye Institute, in which residents participate in a wide variety of surgical procedures with Columbia’s attending surgeons.

The remaining time is spent at Nassau University Medical Center providing medical and surgical care to patients, expanding their knowledge and experience base, and providing guidance to junior residents and medical students.

THIRD YEAR In the third year of the residency program, residents achieve not only proficiency but mastery of ophthalmic diagnosis, management, and surgery.

Senior residents are the primary surgeon on all cases, including cataract extraction and lens implantation, corneal and endothelial transplants, glaucoma filtration and drainage device placement, as well as a vast array of vitreoretinal surgeries.  Residents learn the most advanced techniques of these major surgeries, and all cases are supervised by board-certified, subspecialty trained faculty.

Throughout the three years of our program, a natural mentorship develops between senior and junior residents. This relationship allows third year residents further hone their fund of knowledge and clinical acumen through their role as instructors, serving as an invaluable source of knowledge and skill for their junior residents.

At the culmination of the third year, senior residents are required to deliver a Grand Rounds presentation to all faculty and residents as an opportunity to explore a particular interest and gain advanced knowledge and expertise in their field of choice in ophthalmology.





Saul Betesh, MD
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn NY

Alexander J. Hatsis, MD
Medical University of Lublin

Tyler Olson, MD
Paul L Foster School of Medicine, Texan Tech University, El Paso, TX

Tyler Wickas, MD
Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL


Alexander James DeCubellis, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine – Birmingham, Al

David Christopher Gibson, MD
Virginia CommonWealth University School of Medicine – Richmond, Va

Shail Patel, MD
Jefferson Medical College – Philadelphia Pa

Jonathan Matthew Schiff, MD
Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Michigan – Lansing, MI


Carla Christina Fernandez-Santos
U Central del Caribe School of Medicine –  Bayamon Puerto Rico

Cody Matthew Jahrig, MD
Oregon HSU School of Medicine – Portland Oregon

Thaddeus Stuart McClatchey, MD
California University of Science and Medicine – Colton, CA

Andrew Thomson, MD
University of Texas – Houston TX




  • University of Utah Salt Lake City UT
  • Albany Medical College
  • Loma Linda University, California
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of California San Diego
  • Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
  • University of Texas Southwestern
  • Pepose Vision Institute


  • Boston University Boston Medical Center
  • Case Western / University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Florida
  • University of Florida – Gainesville
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Texas – Southwestern
  • Yale University


  • Yale/New England Retina Associates New Haven, CT
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Boston Medical Center
  • University of California San Diego


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary


  • Boston Medical Center
  • University of Calgary
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary


  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


  • Duke Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh Eye Center


  • University of California
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute


  • Columbia Harkness Eye Institute
  • Duke Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh Eye Center
  • Valley Retina Institute
  • Rutgers University


Dr. Marcelle Morcos
Dr. Alexander Hatsis
Dr. Caroline Alexander

Dr. Robert Lopez
Dr. John Alexander

Dr. Stanley Berke
Dr. Richard Gotlib

Dr. Henry Perry
Dr. Eric Donnenfeld
Dr. Alexander Hatsis
Dr. John Pilavas

Pediatrics and ROP:
Dr. Maury Marmor
Dr. Eric Roberts

Dr. Raphael Rosenbaum

Dr. Elliot Duboys
Dr. Samuel Baharestani

Physical Optics:
Dr. Joel Weintraub, MD, JD

Medical Professional Ethics:
Dr. Joel Weintraub, MD, JD

Low Vision, Contact Lenses:
Dr. Joseph Hallak O.D., PhD

2023 Graduates

Patricia Fortin, MD
Clearsight LASIK, Oklahoma City Oklahoma – Cataract Refractive Fellowship

Jack Klenda, MD
University of Utah, Salt Lake City Utah – Cornea Fellowship

Tim Link, MD
Willis Kinghton Medical Center, Shreveport LA – Cataract Refraction Fellowship

John Siano, DO
Yale/New England Retina Associates, New Haven CT – Retina Fellowship

2022 Graduates

Christian Draper, MD
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Florida – Glaucoma Fellowship

Blake Hampton, MD
Alamance Eye Center, Burlington, NC

Joshua Heczko, MD
Loma Linda University – Cornea Fellowship

Carson Schell, MD
University of Calgary – Oculoplastics Fellowship

2021 Graduates

Tomilade Adepoju, MD
Boston University Boston Medical Center  – Glaucoma Fellowship

Max Chikovsky, MD
Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution, P.C. (“MERSI”)” in Uveitis

Andrew Pansick, MD
University of Texas Southwestern – Cornea and External Disease Fellowship

Alexander Shusko, MD
Fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology

2020 Graduates

Kirkland Castellano, MD
Cataract Refractive Surgery Fellowship, The Eye Institute, Tampa Fl

Eileen Chang, MD
Glaucoma Fellowship, Yale University, CT

Lola Grillo, MD
Cornea Fellowship, Cornea Consultants of Albany, NY

Ryan Phan, MD
Cornea Fellowship, University of California San Diego Health, San Diego, CA

Contact Us

Department of Ophthalmology
Phone: (516) 296-2563 or (516) 572-6646
Fax: 516 572-9477


Positions are filled yearly through the San Francisco Match Application System. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview around mid-October to mid-December. 2020 was the inception of our Joint internship (PGY-1 year) with our department of Medicine. All applicants applying through SF Match to begin ophthalmology training in 2024 must also submit an application for July 2023 NUMC preliminary medicine year through ERAS.  This internship will include a 3 month rotation in our Ophthalmology Department.