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Ophthalmology Residency at NSLIJHS

Dear Residency Program Candidate:

The Department of Ophthalmology of the North Shore-LIJ Health System represents the merger of the residency at North Shore University Hospital with the ophthalmology program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The North Shore-LIJ Health System is the third largest non-profit secular healthcare system in the U.S. and is the largest healthcare network in New York State. Its recent achievements include the first Codman Award to a health care system by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center received the Magnate Award for excellence in Nursing and North Shore University Hospital at Syosset was awarded the JD Powers award for excellence in patient service.

The NorthShore-LIJ Health system is comprised of 15 hospitals. The ophthalmology program is active at 2 of its tertiary facilities (North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center) and at the Eye Surgery Center at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset. In addition, we have a significant presence at Queens Hospital Center (part of the New York City's Health Hospital Corporation) and a pathology rotation to New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

Our residency training program is at the core of our mission. In addition to residency training, we are proud of our service to the community, as is exemplified by our association with the Lions Clubs of Long Island and Queens as well as the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island at North Shore University Hospital. We also are committed to the education of our physicians through our Regularly Scheduled Conference Program (formerly called "Grand Rounds,") that also includes numerous Visiting Professorships from nationally and internationally recognized leaders in Ophthalmology. The Department members are active in clinical and laboratory research. Our Program will continue to be in the vanguard of surgical education by the recent acquisition of the VR-magic EyeSi simulator for incorporation into surgical education.

The North Shore-LIJ environment seeks to foster a culture that will enable the professional education and personal growth of our residents. There are no ophthalmic subspecialty fellowships within the Department, so all of our resources can be concentrated on resident education. Resident training occurs primarily at our outpatient offices in Great Neck, at the Queens Hospital Center, the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital and at the private offices of our full-time and voluntary staff. Most ambulatory surgery and ocular trauma cases referred from a robust trauma network receive care at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset and Queens Hospital Center.

The Department has six full-time ophthalmologists and four part-time ophthalmologists. In addition, over 100 active, committed and engaged voluntary staff in all subspecialties contribute significantly to our educational efforts. Our academic affiliations are the Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

I hope that this brief description encourages you to further pursue your interest in our residency training program. We welcome any questions or inquiries.


  Steve E. Rubin, MD
Residency Program Director
Co-Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, NYU School of Medicine


Ira J. Udell MD
Chief, Cornea/Anterior Segment Diseases
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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