Norman A. Saffra, MD

Director, Ophthalmology

Maimonides Physician




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About Me

Norman Saffra, MD, FACS, is one of the nation's leading ophthalmic laser and microsurgeons. Dr. Saffra is known for his expertise in disease of the Retina and Vitreous in particular, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. 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 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. Under Dr. Saffra's leadership, The Eye Institute 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 New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Dr. Saffra is a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Hehas been listed in the Castle Connolly Guide "How to Find the Best Doctors (New York metro area)" and inNew York Magazine's "Best Doctors" issue for the past several years. He continues to be quoted by all the major television networks and newspapers.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Vision Loss


  • Ophthalmic Laser and Microsurgery


Medical Degree

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Maimonides Medical Center


Albert Einstein College of Medicine


State University of New York Downstate




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