Clinical Training Sites

We enjoy close working relationships with the area hospitals and care facilities that host our rotations and didactics.

  • Erie County Medical Center

    This 550-bed medical center is one of the area’s leading health care providers. It serves as a regional center for trauma, burns, rehabilitation and cardiac care.

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) is recognized as a regional health care leader in:

  • anterior segment surgery
  • cornea and external disease
  • glaucoma
  • diseases of the retina
  • low vision

Because of its designation as the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, the ophthalmology department treats some of the most severely injured patients in New York State. Complex reconstructive surgery is routinely performed by members of the department.The operating room has the most advanced microsurgical equipment for both anterior segment and posterior segment surgery.

ECMC is one of the three primary clinical teaching sites within the Department of Ophthalmology. More than 8,000 new patients are examined at the eye clinic each year.

The clinic is equipped with the latest digital imaging equipment for diagnostic retinal imaging. Computerized corneal topography, A and B-scan ultrasonography and a full complement of electrophysiologic testing offer the most advanced non-invasive diagnostic services available in the region.

Tunable dye, diode and YAG lasers allow treatment of advanced retinal disorders, glaucoma and anterior segment diseases. A minor surgical suite within the clinic allows the surgical treatment of minor ophthalmic disorders.

The ambulatory eye center has been recently expanded and renovated. The operating room facilities have state-of-the-art equipment for anterior and posterior segment surgery.

A full complement of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment is available in the clinic including:

  • diagnostic retinal imaging
  • A and B-scan ultrasonography
  • argon/krypton and YAG lasers
  • Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH)

    The only freestanding children’s hospital in New York State, this regional center for specialized pediatric and women’s health care has achieved national recognition and is the access point for pediatric critical care as the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.

The Department of Ophthalmology is the major referral site in Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania for infants, children and adolescents with eye diseases.

More than 400 surgical cases are performed each year. While the majority involve the correction of strabismus, there is broad exposure to other surgical procedures including:

  • congenital cataracts
  • pediatric glaucoma
  • correction of congenital ptosis
  • pediatric tumors