Message from the Chair

           Welcome to the Stony Brook University Department of Ophthalmology Residency training program. We invite you to consider our program and look forward to your questions and interest.

           Our program provides trainees with the knowledge to deliver the highest quality of medical care, the tools to be life-long learners, and the skills to be caring, compassionate ophthalmologists. We are very proud of the program and all it has to offer our trainees. Although established and accredited in 2007, the program has already been reaccredited in 2010 with a commendation regarding our curriculum . Having recently completed our second site visit in 2013 we will be entering the new 10 year accreditation cycle. Our program balances the requirements of a comprehensive clinical experience with the educational and scholarly foundations of ophthalmology. Some of our strengths include:                                                                                                                                   

  • A program that emphasizes the teaching mission of the medical center and clinical development of its residents.
  • A highly experienced full time faculty committed to Residency Training (no fellows).
  • Direct supervision of all aspects of clinical training by full time faculty that balances progressive degrees of responsibility and autonomy based on experience and knowledge of the resident.
  • A highly organized competency based curriculum with a comprehensive didactic program.
  • Faculty expertise that covers the broad array of ophthalmic subspecialties including comprehensive, cornea, uveitis, plastics, orbit, neuro-ophthalmology, retina, glaucoma, and pediatrics.
  • Facilities that include the only tertiary medical center in Suffolk County, state of the art outpatient Ambulatory Surgical Center, a modern, well equipped outpatient facility , an optical shop, inpatient office space and examination facilities and a separate but contiguous resident only clinic.
  • Affiliation with the Northport Veterans Administration Hospital.
  • A variety of research opportunities that include faculty with national and international reputations in their respective fields.
  • Early introduction to surgical aspects of ophthalmology starting in the first and second year initially in a well equipped wet lab and then in the operating room with 1:1 direct supervision by senior faculty.
  • Diverse patient population with large clinical populations.
  • Exceptional career preparation for those residents who intend to complete a fellowship or not. 
  • A continuous quality improvement program with strong input and participation by the residents.
  • An upbeat, caring, experienced support staff that emphasize service.
  • A fabulous place to live with easy access to the recreational shoreline of Eastern Long Island and New York City.

Robert Honkanen, MD