Ophthalmologists cont.

Meir Baalhaness, M.D.

Dr. Meir BaalhanessDr. Meir Baalhaness is a board certified ophthalmologist with advanced specialty training in treatment of retina conditions. Dr. Baalhaness obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College and graduated with honors from SUNY Downstate Medical School. He completed a one year internship in Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in surgical and medical treatment of retinal diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Baalhaness is passionate about educating and treating patients with diabetic and vascular eye conditions as well as macular degeneration.

Brian Brazzo, M.D.

Dr. Brian Brazzo MD | Ophthalmologist | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)Dr. Brian Brazzo is a board-certified ophthalmologist whose scope of practice includes the most advanced techniques in plastic surgery. He specializes in oculoplastic surgery, which combines cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and tear duct system.

Dr. Brazzo is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his post-graduate training in ophthalmology at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and was an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow at the William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.

Dr. Brazzo is currently a clinical ophthalmologist at Weill Medical College in New York and Director of Oculoplastics services at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He is on the staff of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and serves as an attending physician at New York - Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Brazzo is also currently active in ophthalmic research. He is an editor of numerous books on oculoplastic surgery, and is a featured lecturer and author of numerous articles and papers. He is recognized as one of the most experienced oculoplastic and cosmetic surgeons in the area.


New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

Megan Ridley-Lane, M.D.

Megan Ridley-Lane, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical diseases of the retina. Dr. Ridley-Lane received her doctorate in medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed her ophthalmology residency at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where she also served a chief resident.

She completed her vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ridley-Lane specializes in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and pediatric retinal disease. Dr. Ridley-Lane is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and the American Medical Association.

Rebecca Shields, M.D.

DoctorDr. Rebecca Shields is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. Her expertise is in the medical treatment and surgical management of glaucoma, including both laser and incisional surgery. Dr. Shields is trained in the latest and most advanced techniques of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
Dr. Shields received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University with honors. She completed her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was inducted into the National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA).

Dr. Shields completed her residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. She then completed her glaucoma fellowship training at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Her publications include topics such as pediatric glaucoma, intracranial hypertension, and epidemiology of disease. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and remains active in the glaucoma community. Dr. Shields is dedicated to providing excellent care and ensures that she understands the needs of her patients to offer the best treatment and experience possible.

Dr. Shields is fluent in Spanish.


New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

David Rubaltelli, M.D.

DoctorDr. David Rubaltelli is an ophthalmologist who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Rubaltelli graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Dr. Rubaltelli completed a two year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Schepens Retina Associates and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary located in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also the Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at the Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Rubaltelli has been a phase III clinical sub-investigator of a sustained release Dexamethasone compound for macular edema, and investigated the anatomical and functional changes in patients with choroidal neovascularization secondary to Age Related Macular Degeneration after treatment with intravitreal Avastin. In addition, he has a strong surgical interest in complex retinal detachment surgery and utilizes advanced vitreoretinal surgical techniques such as wide angle viewing and small gauge vitrectomy.

Jay Arora, M.D.

DoctorDr. Arora is an anterior segment specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, with a focus on complex cataract surgical techniques and refractive surgery. Dr. Arora is certified in femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery, and has experience in premium intraocular lens implantation, laser treatment for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and minimally invasive glaucoma (MIGS) surgery.

Dr. Arora completed his Bachelor's degree at UCLA in Los Angeles. He then attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) for medical school, where he also completed his Master's in Business Administration. He completed an internship in Trauma Surgery at the University of South Alabama, and then graduated from Ophthalmology Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn where he served as Chief Resident his final year.

Dr. Arora is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, where he has presented several case presentations and research studies. He is also contributing author of the Textbook on Ocular Trauma.

Dr. Arora believes that the quintessential job of a physician is to provide the utmost care towards his patients, by fostering an environment of openness, trust, and communication. He received the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Humanism award, recognizing his excellence in altruistic leadership and compassionate patient care. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Kelsi Greider-Sideris, M.D.


Dr. Kelsi Greider-Sideris is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with focus on cataract surgery and general eye care. She has been trained with the latest techniques in cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens implantation as well as combined cataract and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).

Dr. Greider-Sideris completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into the Jesuit honors society Alpha Sigma Nu. She completed her medical degree at Chicago Medical School where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). She completed a preliminary internship in internal medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and completed her ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Greider-Sideris believes in caring for her patients as if they were family and feels honored to have a career where she improves the lives of others through preserving and restoring sight. She speaks Spanish and and Greek.