“It’s a rare opportunity for a doctor to be given the chance to return home to the place where he was born and be able to help care for the friends, family and neighbors that he grew up with,” said Dr. Martin.
Smithtown, New York (PRWEB) August 24, 2016
After growing up on Long Island, eye surgeon Brad Kligman, MD has come home to join the medical staff of Long Island’s fastest growing comprehensive eye care provider - North Shore Eye Care – as a fellowship-trained cornea and refractive surgery specialist, according to Jeffrey Martin, MD, Managing Partner of North Shore Eye Care.
“It’s a rare opportunity for a doctor to be given the chance to return home to the place where he was born and be able to help care for the friends, family and neighbors that he grew up with,” said Dr. Martin. “Dr. Kligman is excited to be coming home to practice ophthalmology on Long Island and we are equally excited to have someone with his advanced training and expertise join our growing medical staff.”
Upon graduating from East Meadow High School, Dr. Kligman attended Cornell University and studied Human Biology, Health and Society. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Distinction and was also named ‘Outstanding Senior’ in the College of Human Ecology. Dr. Kligman then earned his M.D. at NYU School of Medicine, where he realized his passion for restoring sight through the intricate and precise microsurgery process. “By the 3rd year of medical school I knew I wanted to help improve the sight of others through the latest breakthroughs in ophthalmic surgical techniques and laser technology,” said Dr. Kligman.
After medical school, Dr. Kligman was invited to complete a pre-residency research fellowship in ocular oncology at the Wills Eye Hospital. “I gained tremendous experience and knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of ocular cancer during my research fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital,” he said. Dr. Kligman then completed a transitional year internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and then began his ophthalmology residency at the Edward S. Harnkess Eye Institute of Columbia University Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. “While completing my residency, I became interested in the rapidly evolving technology and surgical techniques used in corneal refractive surgery,” said Dr. Kligman. “Being able to help restore the vision of legally blind patients and the visually impaired was very impactful, which led to my pursuit of a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the world-renowned Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic,” he said.
There he learned to perform the most advanced cornea transplant techniques including Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) and Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK), which preserve parts of the patient’s own cornea while replacing only the diseased portion. Dr. Kligman also gained extensive experience with laser refractive surgery for procedures such as LASIK and PRK. He has a special interest in corneal collagen crosslinking, a recently FDA-approved technique for treating conditions that weaken and deform the cornea.
“Joining the medical staff of one of New York’s most progressive, qualified and fastest growing eye centers is similar to being given the chance to play for the Mets,” said Dr. Kligman, a lifelong Mets fan. “I could not be more excited about joining North Shore Eye Care, a division of Sight MD and I look forward to helping improve the vision of friends, family and neighbors I grew up with here on Long Island,” he said.
Throughout his training, Dr. Kligman has been very involved in research, publishing over 20 peer-reviewed articles, textbook chapters and abstracts. He has presented his research at both national and international conferences on topics ranging from ocular tumors, to corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) and corneal transplant techniques. He was awarded Best Paper of Session at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and his work was featured in the Best of ASCRS 2016 session. Dr. Kligman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society, and ASCRS. He is also an active member of the New York State Ophthalmological Society where he helps to organize events for the Young Ophthalmologists (YO) Subcommittee.
“In addition to his medical training, I’m equally impressed with Dr. Kligman’s ongoing involvement in research and his commitment to sharing his expertise with his our fellow doctors and our patients,” said Dr. Martin.
Outside of work, Dr. Kligman enjoys photography, tennis, golf, and cycling. He loves to cook and travel with his wife Erin, who also grew up on Long Island. He is a lifelong fan of the Mets, Jets, Islanders and Knicks.
North Shore Eye Care, a division of SightMD is Long Island’s most established full-service comprehensive eye care provider. This year they are celebrating 54 years of eye care excellence since Dr. Sidney Martin founded the practice in 1962. North Shore Eye Care is the official LASIK Providers of the New York Mets and many of their doctors have been voted ‘TOP DOCTORS’ in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly and North Shore Eye Care has earned ‘Best Of Long Island’ honors for the past few years.
North Shore Eye Care, a division of SightMD maintains offices in Smithtown, Riverhead, Holbrook, Deer Park, Southampton, Southold, Garden City, Hempstead, Huntington and Queens. They specialize in cataract care, LASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma management, diabetic eye disease, ocular plastic surgery, audiology, pediatric ophthalmology and retinal care. For more information about North Shore Eye Care, please contact Jacqueline Hernandez at 1-855-295-4144.