Wed • Dec

Wednesday, December 5, 2018



Reception and Networking 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM; Panel Presentation followed by Q&A 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Sponsored by

The Academy Section on Ophthalmology


Free, advance registration required

Please plan to join us for this special event during which our esteemed panelists will discuss various career opportunities in ophthalmology in the areas of academia, industry, clinical practice and public service. This event will bring together tristate ophthalmology fellows and residents for an engaging and informative discussion regarding career options.


Richard D. Lisman MD, FACS is Professor at NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Director, Section of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Hansjorg Wyss in the Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Medical Center.

Calvin W. Roberts, MD
is Senior Vice President and the Chief Medical Officer at Bausch and Lomb. A specialist in cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Roberts is credited with developing surgical therapies, over-the-counter products for vision care, prescription ocular therapeutics and innovative treatment regimens. Dr. Roberts holds patents on the wide-field specular microscope, used for corneal endothelial studies, and was a pioneer in the use of ophthalmic non-steroidals.

Dr. Roberts is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and a member of the board of directors of Alimera Sciences and Auris Medical. A graduate of Princeton University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Dr. Roberts completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Dr. Roberts also completed cornea fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston.

Donald J. D’Amico, MD, Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of vitreoretinal surgery. He assumed the Chair at Weill Cornell in 2006 after his longstanding positions at Harvard Medical School as Professor of Ophthalmology, and as Associate Chief of Ophthalmology and Director of the Diabetic Retinopathy Unit at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine, he completed his residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed his fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases at the University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute prior to joining the Harvard faculty.

As attending physician specializing in the care of patients with vitreoretinal disorders at the Weill Cornell Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. D’Amico also provides direct instruction of medical students, ophthalmology residents, and retina fellows. In his role as a teacher, he twice received the Teacher of the Year Award given by the residents of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. D’Amico is a distinguished national and international lecturer and is the recipient of many honors, including the Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Gertrude Pyron Award of the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He is highly active in professional societies and has recently been named the inaugural editor-in-chief of the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases. He is a Past President of both the Retina Society and of the prestigious international retinal society Club Jules Gonin.

John Lombardo, MD, has over 45 years of experience in the field of medicine and is the President of MLMIC Insurance Company, the largest medical malpractice insurance company in New York State. Dr. Lombardo is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons where he obtained his medical degree in 1973. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Ophthalmology and practiced as a surgical ophthalmologist for over 40 years. During his career as a surgical ophthalmologist, Dr. Lombardo secured MLMIC for his medical professional liability insurance and soon after became an active member of MLMIC’s claims committee, underwriting committee, peer review committee, patient safety & education committee and board of directors. His extensive review of cases, private practice experience, hospital appointments and involvement with the medical society led him to become an expert in risk management.

Dr. Lombardo has appeared on the New York Times List of New York’s “Super Doctors” and is past President of the Kings County Medical Society. He has presented for the Medical Society of the State of New York, the New York State Ophthalmological Society, dozens of hospitals and MLMIC Risk Management programs. Dr. Lombardo is President of MLMIC and continues to be an advocate for organized medicine, patient safety and risk management.

Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of Matossian Eye Associates with multiple offices in PA and NJ. She specializes in refractive cataract surgery and dry eye disease. She was named one of Ocular Surgery News' Premier Surgeon 300 - an elite group of 300 premium refractive cataract surgeons in the US. She was the 2017 winner of the Ophthalmic World Leaders Visionary Award. She has been named one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in New Jersey and one of New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (Adjunct) at Temple University School of Medicine.

James F. Martone, MD started medical school at Southwestern University in Cebu City in the Philippines before transferring to New York and graduating from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Albert Einstein and then joined Project ORBIS as a staff ophthalmologist helping to coordinate medical and surgical training programs around the world. He later became Field Medical Director, Medical Consultant, and finally, Medical Director of ORBIS International. He completed a glaucoma fellowship at Duke University. He spent a year in St. Lucia where he served as the ophthalmologist for the island, helped train a local ophthalmologist and several nurses, and served as mentor for residents rotating from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Martone earned a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and completed a Fellowship in International Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute before joining the faculty of the Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California as a glaucoma specialist. While serving as Medical Director at ORBIS, he worked with the residents in the glaucoma clinic at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was President of the New York Glaucoma Society. Dr. Martone spent nearly twenty years as a partner in a multi-specialty private practice in Connecticut before leaving to join the Yale Department of Ophthalmology as teaching faculty at the VA Hospital in West Haven. This year, he was given the Most Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award by the residents. He was a founding member of the Connecticut Glaucoma Society and is presently the President of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians.

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