Dr. Leonard Ginsburg was motivated to become a retina surgeon as a child after witnessing his grandparents suffer total blindness due to macular degeneration and diabetes.
Dr. Ginsburg went to college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. His ophthalmology residency was at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and he was a retinal fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University. He then served as a staff physician at Joslin Diabetes Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston teaching ophthalmic residents. Dr. Ginsburg then moved back to Philadelphia, and founded the Retina and Diabetic Eye Institute at Mercy Community Hospital. In 1996, The Crozer-Keystone Health System and Brandywine Hospital helped him create what is now the Moore Eye Institute. In 2010, Phoenixville Hospital of Community Health Services, the largest privately owned hospital group in America, partnered to open a Moore Eye Institute within their doors. Dr. Ginsburg now serves as Chief of Ophthalmology at both Phoenixville Hospital and Springfield Hospitals.
As far back as 1988, Dr. Ginsburg has been involved in many research projects and articles, primarily in the introduction of several new technologies in Pennsylvania. He has authored many papers and offerings such as, Focal Points: Diabetic Retinopathy: Classification, Progression and Management for the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and Revealing Retina – What All Physicians Should Know for the American Society of Retina Specialists. He also served as the National Council Vice-Chairman of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology Section, representing all major ophthalmology organizations. He has received countless awards, and in 2006, was chosen as National Physician of the Year. Dr. Ginsburg is well known for his work in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and the ties between religion and medicine. He has been privileged to speak on these topics internationally, including at the heralded Moorefield’s Eye Hospital. He is also one of the only American eye specialists who is a certified diabetes educator and served as the regional President of the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Cynthia Alley was the director of pediatric ophthalmology at Temple University before joining the Moore Eye Institute. She trained in pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the country. For the past four years, she has been an assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology at Temple University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and has served as the residency program director. Having covered the emergency department both at Temple University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital, she is also adept at handling emergent situations and providing care to adults when necessary.
Dr. Richard Brilliant is renowned as one of the finest low vision specialists in the world and an inventor of hundreds of low vision devices. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed a low vision residency/fellowship at the Center for the Blind/Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He served as chief of the Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center for ten years and is now the senior low vision clinician at the Feinbloom Center. Dr. Brilliant holds the rank of Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Adjunct Professor at the Waterloo College of Optometry in Canada. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is one of only forty Diplomats in the world in low vision in the United States. Dr. Brilliant has been involved in the design and development of many low vision devices and has been involved in the clinical investigations of many low vision lenses for low vision manufacturers for nearly thirty years. He has lectured both domestically and abroad and has published numerous articles related to low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Brilliant has written a textbook on low vision rehabilitation titled Essentials of Low Vision Practice. The book is utilized by many schools of optometry and ophthalmology around the world.
He is the only optometrist on the Board of the Federal Drug Administration. No one has written more articles on the topic, given more presentations on the subject, nor been involved in designing more low vision devices than Dr. Brilliant. He had been offered the Chairmanship of the Johns Hopkins Low Vision Center but chose to stay at Moore because of its dedication to helping all in need.
Dr. Crawford is the Director of the Anterior Segment Division at Moore Eye Institute and was chosen by the Consumer Research Council of America as “America’s Top Ophthalmologist” in 2009. She has trained and worked at some of the finest institutions in the world including, Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York; Yale University; and Moorefield’s Eye Hospital in London. Dr. Crawford also donated two years of her life to the Public Health Service and worked in Guatemala.
Dr. Crawford is a glaucoma and oculoplastic specialist who leads the Moore Eye Institute’s Anterior Segment and Glaucoma Division. However, while her prowess as a surgeon is widely respected, she is particularly known for her caring heart and bedside manner. She was a featured speaker at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Abington Memorial Hospital, one of many speaking engagements where she discussed glaucoma and educational programs throughout the Delaware Valley. Dr. Crawford’s commitment to fighting glaucoma has led to the creation of a network of eye doctors who volunteer to help those in need. Her most recent efforts were featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dr. Crozier is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and is a low vision specialist and Chief Medical Administrator of the Moore Eye Foundation. She completed a primary care residency program and went on to complete her master’s degree and a residency in low vision rehabilitation.
Soon after her residency, Dr. Crozier began working at Temple University Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, where she specialized in contact lenses and low vision. She was the first optometrist to be selected by the federal government to receive a Masters of Science of Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Crozier, a facilitator for low vision support groups, has lectured extensively in the field of low vision. She is a consultant for the Veterans Administration for homebound visually impaired veterans and the State of Pennsylvania for visually impaired students and adults. She was the first optometrist to receive this opportunity from the federal government.
Dr. Heist is one of the few board-certified family physicians to also be a board-certified ophthalmologist in America. After 15 years in private practice, Dr. Carlo DiMarco, one of the founders of the Moore Eye Institute, turned to Dr. Heist to become the Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Heist has extensive experience in all general ophthalmological, cataract and corneal diseases. He also serves as Director of Education at the Moore Eye Institute.
The Moore Eye Institute is pleased to announce the addition of an extremely talented cornea, premium IOL, and refractive surgeon to complete Moore’s specialization. Dr. Ravi Patel joins Moore as the Director of the Cornea Refractive Division.
Dr. Patel Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jefferson Medical College, while also receiving an MBA and being selected into the very competitive alpha omega alpha (AOA) honors society. His exceptional surgical skills and his diagnostic prowess will enhance Moore’s ability to provide care for even the most complex anterior segment conditions. Having trained at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the most advanced glaucoma centers in the country, our glaucoma team also benefits from his expertise. His fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has set him apart and allows him to lead in offering refractive surgeries such as LASIK, PRK, INTACS, lamellar keratoplasty (DSEK), and PKP.
As a surgeon with one of the highest success rates in cataract surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Patel helped advance the premium IOL clinic and continues to do the same at Moore. Dr. Patel has developed an expertise in rehabilitating eyes and is extremely proficient in knowing who the ideal candidates are for premium IOL lenses.
As a complete medical doctor, Dr. Patel is one of the few practitioners in the Delaware Valley who also specializes in uveitis, helping the four retina surgeons at Moore who also care for uveitis patients.
An innovator, researcher and gifted retina and cataract surgeon, Dr. Rawat received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and received her Masters at the Graduate School of BioMedical Sciences, UMDNJ where she received her Alumni Merit Award. Dr. Rawat graduated from New Jersey Medical School, had her residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and was Fellowship trained at the Shiley Eye Center, UCSD. She joined Moore from San Diego, where she was a Clinical Instructor at the Veterans Administration and Shiley Eye Center School of Medicine, USCD. Due to her leadership and administrative skills, Dr. Rawat is the Director of Retina Surgery at Springfield Hospital and the Medical Director of the Limerick Surgery Center at Phoenixville Hospital.
One of the few retina specialists who also performs superb cataract surgery in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr. Shah completed a six-year accelerated medical program at Jefferson Medical College and Pennsylvania State University. She then did her ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a two-year retina fellowship at Boston University. During her residency, she participated in a cataract mission to Honduras and performed glaucoma screenings for the underprivileged. She has also given multiple diabetic eye disease lectures to the community.
Dr. Shah has performed flawless cataract surgeries with the most advanced IOLs - taking on the most challenging cataract cases, even those with severe retinal disease. Her ability as a retina surgeon for patients with diabetes and retinal detachments is impressive, and she is known for her compassionate bedside manner and commitment. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and the most difficult of cataract surgeries.