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Congratulations to our SightMD 2022 Castle Connolly Top Doctors!

Published on: September 01, 2022

Congratulations to our SightMD 2022 Castle Connolly Top Doctors!

SightMD Announces 2022 Castle Connolly Top Doctors!


Castle Connolly announced its “2022 Top Doctors,” a list that represents the top seven percent of doctors in the nation. SightMD is proud to announce that 19 of their physicians are among these standouts. SightMD’s “Top Doctors” are: Dr. Alexander Hatsis, Dr. Allen Greenbaum, Dr. David Immanuel, Dr. Faye Knoll, Dr. Irene Magramm, Dr. James Gordon, Dr. Jeffrey Martin, Dr. John Mauro, Dr. Laurence Rubin, Dr. Lawrence Buono, Dr. Lawrence Zweibel, Dr. Michelle Liebert, Dr. Norman Saffra, Dr. Paul Choinski, Dr. Paul Sforza, Dr. Richard Nattis, Dr. Seth Potash, Dr. Ted Karl and Dr. William Kasper. 

These outstanding doctors were nominated by their peers and thoroughly validated by Castle Connolly’s research team to ensure that they deliver the highest quality patient care. The 2022 list is the largest ever, as it included more than 61,000 physicians across all specialties in every major metropolitan market.

Dr. Alexander Hatsis is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in complicated cataracts and laser vision correction. He was one of the expert U.S. surgeons to help gain FDA-approval for laser vision correction and was the first surgeon to perform LASIK on Long Island in 1995.

Dr Allen S. Greenbaum is a board-certified ophthalmologist serving the Westchester community. Dr. Greenbaum is a comprehensive ophthalmologist, with a special interest in refractive cataract surgery, including laser cataract surgery with premium lens implants.

Dr. David Immanuel is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in laser cataract surgery with advanced technology lenses and laser vision correction (LASIK and PRK).  He is also a cornea and external disease specialist with expertise in corneal transplants and pterygium excisions.  He received both MD and PhD degrees from the Medical Scientist Program at NYU and has trained many ophthalmology residents at Nassau University Medical Center. 

Dr. Faye Knoll is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in both laser and traditional cataract surgery as well as laser vision correction including LASIK and PRK. Dr Knoll completed a fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in cornea and external diseases of the eye.   “It’s always special to receive an award. To be honored by my peers is incredibly gratifying.” said Dr Knoll “I am also grateful to the talented and dedicated staff I work with. In the end, it’s about providing quality patient care.” Dr. Knoll has been a part of the SightMD team since 2012. Her favorite part of her job is developing lifelong relationships with her patients.

Dr. Irene Magramm is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in strabismus surgery and relief of double vision in children and adults. She also enjoys general ophthalmology in children and adults.

Dr. James R. Gordon is a board certified ophthalmologist and oculofacial surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He has particular expertise in the handling of challenging and complex cases. He has published numerous papers and has given extensive lectures on ocular disease and eyelids and facial cosmetic procedures, including innovative techniques for fillers & injectables.

Dr. Jeffrey Martin is a board certified ophthalmologist and is President and Co-Founder of SightMD. Dr. Martin joined his father’s ophthalmology practice in 1997 and is proud to have helped it become a regional leader in eye care. “I am thrilled every day to have the privilege of caring for my patients.” said Dr Martin “ Being recognized by Castle Connolly is an honor.” Dr. Martin is a specialist in both LASIK and cataract surgery.

Dr. John Mauro is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and LASIK vision correction surgery. He is driven to provide exceptional eyesight to his patients and make them feel as comfortable as possible throughout their eyecare journey.  “It is a prestigious honor and a privilege to be recognized by Castle Connolly” said Dr Mauro 

Dr. Laurence Rubin is a board certified ophthalmologist with over 25 years of experience in comprehensive eye care. Dr. Rubin strives to provide the highest quality eye care by carefully listening to and observing every patient he sees.

Dr. Lawrence Buono is a board certified ophthalmologist that treats all medical and surgical conditions of the eye. As the attending neuro-ophthalmologist at the Duke Eye Center, he had the opportunity to care for patients with complex neuro-ophthalmic conditions and worked closely with the Department of Neurosurgery at the Duke University Brain Tumor Center.

Dr. Michelle Liebert is a board certified pediatric ophthalmologist specializing in strabismus surgery. Dr. Liebert takes a personal interest in each and every one of her patients, caring for each as if they were her own. One of her favorite aspects of being a doctor is that she can follow her patients from prematurity until adulthood.

Dr. Norman Saffra is one of the nation’s leading ophthalmic laser and microsurgeons and is known for his expertise in treating diseases that cause visual loss. “It is such a great honor to be recognized by Castle Connolly for over two decades” said Dr Saffra. Dr Saffra is an expert in conditions affecting the posterior segment of the eye, specifically those that involve the optic nerve, or the retina and vitreous. 

Dr. Paul A. Choinski is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has over 30 years of medical and surgical experience in private practice as an eye doctor in Eastern Long Island. “I feel very honored and flattered to be recognized by Castle Connolly for my 32 years of eye care for the eastern Long Island community” said Dr Choinski. Dr Choinski practices comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract surgery including the use of femtosecond cataract surgery and advanced intraocular lens implant technologies. Dr Choinski loves to see patients leave with a smile on their face.

Dr. Paul Sforza is a board certified fellowship-trained Cornea specialist with special training and interest in femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, premium intraocular lenses, and laser vision correction (LASIK/PRK). Dr Sforza is known for performing cutting-edge surgery with a warm bedside manner.

Dr. Richard Nattis is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and laser vision correction surgery. Dr. Nattis has been performing laser refractive surgery (PRK-LASIK) since it was approved by the FDA in 1995. “It is humbling and a great honor to be on this list for over 20 years.” said Dr. Nattis “To be recognized by fellow physicians consistently is evidence of excellent patient care and gives credit to my personal, compassionate and advanced treatment of my patients.” Dr. Nattis actively teaches medical and emergency room resident physicians, as well as medical students interested in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Seth D. Potash is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained Glaucoma specialist proudly serving the Westchester community. “Professionally speaking, the two most important things to me is to provide outstanding patient care and be respected by my peers.” said Dr. Potash “It is such a nice honor to be named to Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor List because this award is purely based on recognition and the recommendations from my medical colleagues.” Dr. Potash specializes in glaucoma subspecialty care and cataract surgery, both routine and complex, and has performed thousands of laser and surgical procedures.

Dr. Ted Karl is a board certified ophthalmologist who combines his vast experience with his dedicated skill to provide high quality eye care to all of his patients.

Dr. William Kasper is a board certified ophthalmologist who emphasized the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of ocular disorders. He is an active member of the local ophthalmology community, contributing to the scientific and educational information of several ophthalmologic societies, and training residents in the art and science of the specialty at the Nassau County Medical Center.

When compiling the list, Castle Connolly’s research team thoroughly vets each physician’s professional qualifications, education, hospital and faculty appointments, research leadership, reputation, disciplinary history and, if available, data outcomes. Additionally, a physician’s interpersonal skills—such as listening and communicating effectively, demonstration of empathy, and instilling trust and confidence—are also considered in the review process. The Castle Connolly Doctor Directory is the largest network of peer-nominated physicians. These “Top Doctors” are among the most highly sought-after medical professionals in their communities.

SightMD prides itself on having more Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” than any other practice in New York, and are thrilled to announce this year’s list and recognize all of our hard working physicians. 

About Castle Connolly

With over 25 years’ experience in researching, reviewing and selecting “Top Doctors,” Castle Connolly is a trusted and credible source. In fact, a 2018 study that was published in the “Journal of Medical Research” found that across several specialties, Castle Connolly’s peer-reviewed directory was much more reliable than sites which just relied on patient reviews when it came to identifying quality care. Castle Connolly’s mission is to help people find the best healthcare by connecting patients with best-in-class providers. For more information, visit

About SightMD

SightMD is a rapidly-growing integrated ophthalmic provider group that offers patients access to over 80 eye care providers through the convenience of 40 locations across New York. SightMD’s track record of providing clinically-excellent care spans over 50 years, and its services include general eye exams, laser cataract surgery and lens implantation, glaucoma management, retinal disorder treatment, corneal services, neuro-ophthalmology, LASIK laser vision correction, oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and audiology. Sight Growth Partners is the administrative services provider for SightMD. For more information about SightMD, please visit