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OPHTHALMOLOGIST | FOUNDER
Seeing patients in Lancaster, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle.
David I. Silbert, MD, FAAP, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1984 and is board certified in by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 1989, with an area of concentration in clinical decision analysis.
Dr. Silbert completed an internship in internal medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in 1990, and an ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Center for Sight, Washington, DC in 1993. This was followed by a fellowship in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in 1994, and a second fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital, finished in 1995.
Dr. Silbert specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric and adult strabismus, amblyopia (lazy eye), tear drain obstruction and other pediatric eye diseases. He also specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery as well as orbital surgery, minimally invasive tear drainage surgery for adults and has extensive experience using a Fractionated CO2 laser for blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing to tighten skin and remove wrinkles.
Dr. Silbert has participated in clinical research in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Eye Plastic Surgery, Dry Eye and Conjunctivitis, and Tear Drainage Surgery. Dr. Silbert has been an author on over 60 scientific papers. He was an investigator in the original trial for the Balloon Catheter Technique to improve tearing. He has published and spoken widely on tear drain obstruction and minimally invasive procedures not requiring a skin incision to repair tear drain obstruction in adults including a new in–office stenting procedure. He has been an investigator for the Amblyopia Treatment Studies, a national studies looking at lazy eye, as well as numerous studies on dry eye disease and eye allergy. He has been invited to lecture on eyelid surgery, tear drainage surgery and healthcare economics.
Dr. Silbert has been appointed or elected to numerous leadership positions in local, state and national medical organizations including the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and has been inducted into the Leadership Development Program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Class 2014-2015. Currently he serves on the Carrier Advisory Committee for Novitas Medicare Services.
Dr. Silbert is the Founder and Medical Director of Kindersee an integrated program to provide eye exams and treatment for disadvantaged children in Lancaster city schools. In 2009 in conjunction with the School District of Lancaster he was able to obtain a federal grant for $135,000 to set up a fully functioning eye clinic at George Washington Elementary School. Children from the city schools are seen in the Kindersee clinic with no out of pocket expense during the school year. Thus far the clinic has treated hundreds of children, placing them in glasses, treating amblyopia, and improving their quality of life and school performance. Donations to the KinderSee fund to help support the program can be made through the Lancaster Education Foundation at the following website http://lancasteredfnd.org.
Dr. Silbert is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a full member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). He has also been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. With his full membership in the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and fellowship in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Silbert became the first pediatric ophthalmologist in Lancaster County to offer such high credentials in the care of his younger patients.
Salman Porbandarwalla, MD, MS
Seeing patients in Hershey.
Vitreoretinal Diseases & Retina Specialist. Dr. Porbandarwalla earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with high honors and a minor in Finance at the University of Texas in Austin. He then pursued his passion for physical optics and completed his Master’s degree in Biophysics at The Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He moved back to his home town in Texas where he graduated medical school with honors at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
During medical school, he was the recipient of the prestigious Bowen Vogyt Award. Upon graduation, he secured a medical internship at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in PA and was awarded the intern of the year award. During his internship he was mentored by Dr. Ralph Eagle at Wills Eye Hospital in Ocular Melanoma pathology. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Health Science center in San Antonio and was again named the chief resident of his residency class. Dr. Porbandarwalla then went on to complete a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He is well published in both peer reviewed journal articles as well as authored book chapters. He has been an active investigator in clinical trials. Dr. Porbandarwalla is board certified and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, PA Medical Society, and PA Academy of Ophthalmology.
His numerous clinical interests involve diseases and disorders of the retina and vitreous, such as age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease and occlusions, uveitis, hypertensive retinopathy and optic neuropathy. His surgical interests involve small gauge repair of retinal detachments, sutureless surgical repair of macular puckers and macular holes. He specializes in complex repair of traction retinal detachments due to diabetic retinopathy as well as from proliferative vitreoretinopathy. He also has extensive training in surgical repair secondary to trauma.
Dr. Porbandarwalla has been residing in Lancaster, PA since 2014. In addition to spending time with his family, in his spare time he likes being outdoors, traveling, watching football and playing golf. He is excited to join the Hershey medical community.
Hayley Woodall, OD
Seeing patients in Lancaster and Hershey.
Hayley Woodall, OD graduated with honors from Rochester College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in General and Behavioral Science. She earned her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also completed a postgraduate residency in Pediatric Optometry in 2006. Prior to joining Conestoga Eye she served as the optometry clinic coordinator at a multidisciplinary facility in Memphis as well as several years with a multi-site referral center specializing in cataract and refractive surgery, dry eye, and ocular disease. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Kristie L. Teets, OD
Seeing patients in Hershey.
Kristie Teets, OD is a native Pennsylvanian. She is an alumna of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences. She then completed her Doctor of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry, graduating with honors.
After receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. Teets went on to complete a residency in Ocular Disease through the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Teets has extensive training in the management of ocular disease including the diagnosis, treatment and management of anterior segment disease, glaucoma, pre- and post-operative surgical care, diabetic eye disease, and comprehensive eye care. She has participated in multiple clinical trials for glaucoma medications and procedures.
Dr. Teets is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society. Dr. Teets has a passion for helping others and volunteers her time by performing eye exams for the underserved population at Vision Resources in Harrisburg.
Farhana Jui, OD
Seeing patients in Lancaster & Hershey.
Farhana Jui, OD was raised in New York City, where she graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. She earned her doctorate degree at Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Dr. Jui is a member of VOSH and she completed a mission trip in Panama to provide eye care to many underprivileged individuals. During her externships, she received extensive training in the management of ocular disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. Her interests lie in dry eye treatment, myopia control, and cataract management.
Dr. Jui is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. In her spare time, Dr. Jui enjoys dancing, traveling, and exploring different cuisines.
Christopher Baloga, DO
Seeing patients in Lancaster & Hershey
Originally from the Wyoming Valley Pennsylvania, Dr. Christopher Baloga earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology summa cum laude from Wilkes University, and his medical doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating with honors. Dr. Baloga continued his medical training with an internship at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, The Wright Center Kingston, and Nesbitt Memorial Hospital Kingston Pennsylvania. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine mentoring under leading ophthalmic surgeons at Wills Eye Hospital, and simultaneously was the neuro-ophthalmology research fellow at Wills Eye Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University EyeBrain Center. His research involved the study of neurodegenerative diseases and their effects on vision in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, ALS, and posterior cortical atrophy. He is honored to join Conestoga Eye, specializing in comprehensive ophthalmology while completing an oculoplastics fellowship with Dr. David Silbert.
Updated on 2023-01-27T17:29:48+00:00, by .