Norman Saffra, MD, FACS, is one of the nation’s leading ophthalmic laser and microsurgeons. Dr. Saffra is known for his expertise in treating diseases that cause visual loss. He is an expert in conditions effecting the posterior segment of the eye (the back of the eye), specifically those that involve the optic nerve, or the retina and vitreous. He has extensive experience in treating diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal tears and detachments, uveitis, and the ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease.
Dr. Saffra is an active member of many ophthalmic associations and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, The Retina Society, The American Uveitis Society, and the North American Association of Neuro Ophthalmology.
Dr. Saffra frequently lectures in medical schools and to physicians throughout the country and has published numerous papers in leading scientific journals. He has recently been awarded 2 patents, co-designed 2 surgical instruments with major manufacturers, and is now a consultant for the FDA’s panel of Ophthalmic Medical Devices.
Under Dr. Saffra’s leadership as Director of Ophthalmology, The Eye Institute at Maimonides Medical Center is at the forefront of advancing medical science by pursuing research into diseases that cause permanent vision loss. Dr. Saffra is on the staff of the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He has been listed in the “Castle Connolly Guide: How to find the Best Doctors (New York metro area)” and in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue for the past 19 years.
Additionally, Dr. Saffra has written more than 50 papers in peer review journal, has written book chapters in textbooks, and is an editor of a soon to be published reference book on ophthalmology.
Dr. Norman Saffra is a proud faculty member of Orbis International Flying Eye Hospital whose charitable mission is to teach local ophthalmologists in the 3rd world modern surgical techniques. He served as a team leader for the retina surgical mission to Jamaica in 2020, where he taught and performed more than 15 surgical procedures throughout one week.