Sidney A. Martin, MD, FAAO (Founder)
Lawrence Zweibel, MD, FACS, FAAO
Paul A. Choinski, MD, FACS
Jeffrey L. Martin, MD, FACS, FAAO
Lawrence M. Buono, MD
John Mauro, DO
David Immanuel, MD PhD
Stephen Greenberg, MD, FAAO
William Kasper, MD FACS
Grace M. O'Malley, MD, FACS
Andrew Bainnson, MD
Christine Speer Buono, MD
Faye Knoll, MD
Samuel Baharestani, MD
North Shore Eye Care
260 Middle Country Road, Suite 201
Smithtown, New York 11787
Deer Park Location:
590 Nicolls Road
Deer Park, NY 11729
186 Old Town Road
Southampton, NY 11968
54 Commerce Drive, Suite 6
Riverhead, New York 11901
233 Union Avenue
Holbrook, NY 11741
41705 County Road 48
Southold, NY 11971
Garden City Location:
520 Franklin Avenue, Suite L9
Garden City, NY 11530
230 Hilton Avenue, Suite 207
Hempstead, NY 11550
More About Vision Correction at North Shore Eye Care
The eye surgeons at North Shore Eye Care perform individualized laser vision correction by combining a number of sophisticated technologies, including the VISX Star S4 excimer laser, CustomVue wavefront scanning, and the IntraLase laser, a bladeless alternative to the microkeratome blade used in traditional LASIK surgery.
During the procedure the surgeons use the CustomVue WaveScan to chart all of the flaws in the cornea and create a unique "fingerprint" of the eye. This allows them to detect and measure tiny imperfections that interfere with the patient's vision and that may otherwise be overlooked. Next, the surgeons create a small flap in the cornea with the IntraLase laser and, using the detailed corneal map as a guidance system, correct the cornea's flaws with the VISX Star S4 laser. The flap is then returned to its original position, where it acts as a natural bandage and aids the healing process. Following the procedure, most LASIK patients experience improved vision and are able to discontinue using traditional eyewear.
More About the Surgeons at North Shore Eye Care
Sidney A. Martin, MD, FAAO, founded North Shore Eye Care in 1962 with his wife as his only employee. Dr. Martin was a kind and compassionate doctor who practiced actively into his eighties. Even as North Shore Eye Care grew to four locations with more than 50 employees, Dr. Sid worked out of just one exam room, never rushed and never turned anyone away. He embodied what North Shore Eye Care hopes to be now and in the future.
Lawrence Zweibel, MD, FACS, FAAO, completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University (NYU) and his medical degree at Albany Medical College. He served his medical internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York and was a chief resident in ophthalmology at the French and Polyclinic Medical Center. He currently serves as the Chief of Ophthalmology at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital. Dr. Zweibel is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Suffolk County Medical Society and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Paul A. Choinski, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has more than 20 years of medical and surgical experience. He practices general ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract surgery, refractive surgery and treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Choinski attended college at Binghamton University and completed a culture program at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and went on to complete his internship and residency in ophthalmology at SUNY Buffalo. He joined Hampton Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C., and became board certified in ophthalmology in 1991. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an attending physician at Southampton Hospital, Southampton, New York, and the Suffolk Surgery Center in Shirley, New York.
Jeffrey L. Martin, MD, FACS, FAAO, earned his undergraduate degree in biology with summa cum laude honors from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He then completed an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and served as chief resident in ophthalmology at the Nassau Medical Center. Dr. Martin is an attending ophthalmologist at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital and teaches resident ophthalmologists at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Suffolk County Medical Society and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society. In addition, he is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Lawrence M. Buono, MD, earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy at New York University before obtaining his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He then completed a medical/surgical internship at University of Pennsylvania's Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Buono fulfilled his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla and a subsequent neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Buono next served as assistant professor of ophthalmology at Duke University in the neuro-ophthalmology and comprehensive ophthalmology departments. He has authored several published ophthalmic papers, and has educated medical students, residents and fellows.
Since relocating to Long Island, N.Y., Dr. Buono has treated countless cataract surgery patients at his private practice, where he offers presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens implants (IOLs). He serves on the medical staff at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Southampton Hospital.
John Mauro, DO, completed his Bachelor of Science degree at St. John's University in Queens and attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served a medical internship at Mercy Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he received the Outstanding Intern of the Year award. Dr. Mauro completed his medical residency in Ophthalmology at Nassau University Medical Center/Stony Brook University, where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Cambridge and at the Boston Eye Group. During his fellowships, Dr. Mauro specialized in the treatment of uveitis, complex ocular inflammatory diseases, as well as cataract surgery, implantation of multifocal and astigmatism correcting intraocular lenses, glaucoma surgery, corneal transplants, and the latest techniques in laser refractive surgery. Dr. Mauro is at the forefront of ophthalmic research and has authored numerous book chapters, articles and presentations. In addition, he has been involved in multiple prospective and experimental research trials. Dr. Mauro is an attending ophthalmologist at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital and will soon train resident ophthalmologists at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
David Immanuel, MD, PhD, is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained as a cornea specialist. His office is located on Hilton Avenue in Hempstead bordering Garden City (less than a mile south of the Garden City Hotel), where he has been in private practice for approximately 10 years (www.cornealeyedoc.com). Dr. Immanuel is very excited about his recent decision to join North Shore Eye Care along with Dr. William Kasper of Garden City. North Shore Eye Care is an expanding group of multispecialty ophthalmologists with several offices in Suffolk County. As a partner, North Shore Eye Care will provide improved administrative support to Dr. Immanuel's practice, including staffing, billing, management and marketing.
Dr. Immanuel specializes in cataract and refractive surgery and performs as many as 400 cataract procedures per year. His goal with cataract surgery is not just to treat the cataract, but also to provide his patients with spectacle-free distance and near vision once the cataract has been removed. This is achieved by utilizing special intraocular lenses along with the precision of laser cataract surgery. Dr. Immanuel is very excited about offering this new technology to his patients because it makes cataract surgery both safer and more precise.
Dr. Immanuel has also trained and supervised cataract surgery for resident physicians at Nassau University Medical Center, where he served as an attending physician. He is currently on staff at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola and North Shore University Hospital in Syosset, and he performs surgery at Long Island Ambulatory Surgery Center in Brentwood and Island Eye Surgicenter in Carle Place.
Dr. Immanuel graduated as valedictorian from St. Paul's School in Garden City, N.Y., then graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He had extensive research experience and published numerous articles before embarking on a career in ophthalmology. Dr. Immanuel received his medical training at New York University School of Medicine and was in the Medical Scientist Training Program, where he received a combined MD and PhD degree while studying a gene involved in human sarcomas. He completed an internship in Medicine at York Hospital in York, Pa., and was elected chief resident at University of Maryland in Baltimore, where he completed his ophthalmology residency. He subsequently completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery with Dr. Theodore Perl at Corneal Associates of New Jersey.
The scope of Dr. Immanuel's surgical practice also includes: wavefront-guided bladeless LASIK, corneal transplant, DSAEK surgery and pterygium excisions. He also treats diseases of the cornea and ocular surface, including corneal dystrophies, keratoconus, corneal abrasions, recurrent corneal erosions, corneal infiltrates and ulcers, corneal edema and scarring, band keratopathy, contact related complications, Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster infections, dry eyes, meibomian gland disease and blepharitis.
In addition, Dr. Immanuel regularly sees patients with glaucoma (including providing SLT and iridotomy laser treatments), macular degeneration, diabetes and hypertensive retinopathy.
The practice utilizes the latest technology, such as: Fourier domain OCT, specular microscopy, corneal topography, digital photography, tear film osmolarity, ultrasound biometry, high frequency pachymetry and Humphrey visual field. Dr. Immanuel strives to learn about new developments in ophthalmology and attends multiple conferences annually to keep up with the latest information and technology.
Dr. Immanuel is married to a genetics research scientist and teacher who works at Cornell Medical Center, and has a 10-year-old daughter, Leia, who loves to paint. When not working, Dr. Immanuel enjoys windsurfing, skiing and flying radio-controlled gliders.
Stephen Greenberg, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 40 years of experience in Deer Park, N.Y., and Holbrook, N.Y. Dr. Greenberg obtained his bachelor's degree at the City College of New York and his medical degree the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
After completing his internship at Montefiore Hospital, Dr. Greenberg served for two years as a physician for the U. S. Public Health Service, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. Returning to New York, Dr. Greenberg fulfilled his ophthalmology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center and was elected chief resident.
Dr. Greenberg has been board certified since 1976 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Greenberg served as director of ophthalmic surgery at the Long Island Surgi-Center in Melville and is on the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and Southside Hospital. He was a consultant at Central Islip Hospital and Pilgrim State Hospital for more than 30 years, as well as Stony Brook Hospital and the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he assisted residents in developing their surgical skills.
Dr. Greenberg is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Long Island Ophthalmologic Society and the Suffolk Ophthalmologic Society. He is a founder and past president of Helping Hands, a charitable organization that helps disadvantaged individuals who live on Long Island.
William Kasper, MD, FACS, is the emeritus acting chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y., a position that he held for 15 years. He has been listed in the prestigious Castle Connolly publication, "How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area," for the last 16 years, an honor bestowed by patients and colleagues. As past president of the Long Island Ophthalmological Society and the Ophthalmology Section of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, he has contributed to both the scientific and the educational information of its members. Over the years he has made Nassau County Medical Center ophthalmology residency training a priority, teaching young physicians both the art and science of the specialty. Journal publications have included topics dealing with laser iridotomies, current concepts of cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, a toxic eye medication, corneal iron lines and edema and rhinosporidiosis of the eyelid. Internet articles have dealt with eyelid lesions, toric lenses, diabetic nerve palsy and insurance problems. Research projects in the past have been funded by Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceutical firm evaluating treatment for diabetes mellitus, and, presently, an ongoing clinical investigation exists for Amgen involving ocular evaluation associated with prostate cancer treatment.
The practice emphasizes the early diagnosis and treatment of ocular disorders. Urgent and emergency patients are given appointments to rapidly resolve their problems. Treatment is often coordinated with your primary physician, and consultations and referrals to specialists are managed expeditiously. Common conditions that are treated are: cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, wet and dry macular degeneration, strabismus or double vision, amblyopia, eyelid growths, bacterial and viral ocular infections, eyeglass examinations, eye fatigue, migraines, headaches, excessive tearing, dry eye syndromes, styes, chalazions, pterygia, allergies, contact lens queries, vitamin therapy, ptosis, blepharitis, traumatic injuries, ocular herpes and shingles. With many years of medical and surgical expertise, Dr. Kasper and his colleagues are committed to providing the best state-of-the-art resolution of your eye problems, for both children and adults.
Caring support to the patient and family is offered, and everyone is treated as an individual, not a number. Your sight is a precious gift, and the practice is geared to give you the best possible results. Dr. Kasper's fluency in French and Spanish and his ability to give examinations in several other languages are very helpful. Consultation reports are sent to the referring physicians, optometrists and opticians. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to assist you in any way they can. Brochures are offered to clarify conditions. Our location is central in Garden City, and adequate free parking is available adjacent to the professional building. The bus stops at the office and the Long Island Railroad station is a few blocks away.
On a personal note, the doctor enjoys traveling to different countries. Babysitting for two granddaughters several times a month is a favorite pastime. Marine biology, invertebrate zoology and fishing have always been his hobbies. He is still in touch with most of his Brooklyn College fraternity brothers.
Grace M. O'Malley, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general ophthalmologist who treats cataracts, glaucoma and external diseases of the eye. She has over 25 years of medical and surgical experience in private practice. Dr. O'Malley grew up in the Bronx, New York. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology and attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. Next, she completed her internship at Nassau Hospital (now Winthrop University Hospital) and returned to New York Medical College for her residency in ophthalmology. Dr. O'Malley then joined Hampton Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. in Southampton, New York. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. O'Malley has been listed in every edition of the Castle Connolly Guide to "Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area" and in Newsday's Top Doctors on Long Island. Dr. O'Malley is an attending physician at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York, and the Suffolk Surgery Center in Shirley, New York.
Andrew Bainnson, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in glaucoma and general ophthalmology. Dr. Bainnson has been in practice since 1994. Prior to joining North Shore Eye Care, Dr. Bainnson practiced in West Islip, N.Y.
Dr. Bainnson is a Long Island native, who grew up in Plainview, N.Y. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. Dr. Bainnson then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Brooklyn.
Dr. Bainnson's clinical training started with a transitional year at Columbia-affiliated Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College, where he served as chief resident during his final year. Dr. Bainnson next fulfilled a fellowship in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery at the University of Michigan's Kellogg Eye Center.
Dr. Bainnson is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, New York Ophthalmological Society and the Suffolk County Ophthalmological Society.
Christine Speer Buono, MD, obtained her bachelor's degree in chemistry and Spanish at Vanderbilt University, graduating magna cum laude and earning membership into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then earned her medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she graduated first in her class and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Speer Buono completed a medical internship at Georgetown Hospital/Fairfax Hospital before fulfilling her ophthalmology residency at the internationally acclaimed Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Speer Buono next served as assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Duke Eye Center before relocating to Long Island with her family. Since moving to Long Island, Dr. Speer Buono has provided comprehensive eye care at her private practice. She is on medical staff at Southampton Hospital. Dr. Speer Buono is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Faye Knoll, MD, is North Shore Eye Care's cornea and external disease specialist. As an undergraduate, she attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton, where she majored in biology and minored in Spanish. At SUNY Binghamton, she was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated summa cum laude. Following the completion of her bachelor's degree, Dr. Knoll attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated cum laude.
She then completed a transitional intern year at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. This was followed by an ophthalmology residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., where she served as chief resident in ophthalmology. After completing her residency, Dr. Knoll went on to complete a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City.
Dr. Knoll's special interests include penetrating keratoplasty, Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK), cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, sutured intraocular lenses, and refractive surgery. Dr. Knoll has been active in ophthalmic research and has presented at multiple national meetings. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Samuel Baharestani, MD, is an ophthalmic plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Raised on Long Island, Dr. Baharestani is a graduate of Roslyn High School, where he was a four-year scholar athlete in volleyball and graduated with distinction in the top 2 percent of his class. A Phi Beta Kappa member and magna cum laude graduate of New York University's College of Arts and Science, Dr. Baharestani earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in biology, including minors in chemistry and economics. At NYU, he was honored as a Presidential Honors Scholar, named to the Dean's Advisory Council and received the Harry A. Charipper Medal for outstanding contributions to the science of biology.
Dr. Baharestani received his Doctor of Medicine degree from NYU School of Medicine. After his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, his surgical training in general eye surgery was completed at NYU Medical Center and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, where he served as executive chief resident and was recruited to join the faculty as a clinical instructor. Dr. Baharestani's ASOPRS-accredited fellowship in aesthetic and reconstructive eyelid, tear duct and oculofacial plastic surgery was completed at The Cincinnati Eye Institute and University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Dr. Baharestani has held academic appointments at NYU School of Medicine, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, the North Shore-LIJ Health System and The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he teaches future surgeons the latest advances in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He has over 100 publications of original research, case presentations, book chapters, abstract submissions, invited lectures and online medical contributions.
Dr. Baharestani is fluent in English, Spanish and Farsi. In his spare time, he enjoys traditional Persian cuisine, Billy Joel's music, New York Knicks basketball, exploring New York City and traveling around the world.