Pakistan’s First Trained Ocular Oncologist

Pakistan is another country claimed by the Eye Cancer Foundation! Recently, Dr. Saima Amin graduated from her training sponsored by the Eye Cancer Foundation in Amman, Jordan at the King Hussain Cancer Center under the training of Dr. Yacoub Yousef. Of the hospital she worked, she notes that unfortunately in order to save their lives, “almost all retinoblastoma patients were getting enucleated (having their eye(s) removed)” and the burden of these patients was increasing every day. However, today she is the first fellowship trained ocular oncologist in Pakistan. 

During her fellowship, Dr. Amin was able to assist in several types of surgeries, including plaque surgery and the excision of tumors and biopsies from different sites. In addition, she witnessed the more complex cases of retinoblastoma, which truly helped in preparing her for the full spectrum of pediatric patients she may see in her home country’s hospital. Proudly, she states that she was “involved in every step – the examination, treatment, and decision making.” While honing her skills in a clinical setting, Dr. Amin was also able to practice scholarly research by writing a paper for an international journal under the guidance of Dr. Yousef. 

When Dr. Amin returned to her parent hospital, she said that she feels so much more confident in dealing with oncology cases, particularly retinoblastoma, where so many tumors can be treated without losing a patient’s sight or their eye(s) as a consequence. She is grateful to Dr. Finger and The Eye Cancer Foundation for allowing her intensive training to happen! 

Dr. Amin and supervisor, Dr. Yousef 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 Dr. Amin’s Farewell 

 

 

 

 

 


Associate Specialist Opening at the NYECC

Join Dr. Finger and his team at the New York Eye Cancer Center (NYECC)! Currently, there is an opening for a fellowship trained associate specialist to join Dr. Finger in the practice of Ocular Tumor, Orbital Disease, and Ophthalmic Radiation Therapy.

The ideal candidate should be able to treat patients with ocular tumors of the eye, lids and orbit. They must have completed at least 1-year subspecialty training in ophthalmic oncology. Candidates with additional retinal or ocular plastic surgery will be preferred. The candidate must be licensed to practice in the United States of America, American Board of Ophthalmology certified and be willing to start on or before July 1st, 2020. 

Working alongside Dr. Finger rewards one with effective mentorship and fresh perspectives on complex eye cancer cases.  The NYECC is a world-class facility for the diagnosis and treatment of eye cancer. Founded in 1995, Dr. Finger has treated many thousands of patients. Dr. Finger and his staff at NYECC work closely with patients and referring doctors to provide advanced treatment in a responsive, caring environment. 

Dr. Finger will be meeting candidates at the upcoming, 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. To arrange an interview, send a cover letter, CV and two letters of recommendation to pfinger@eyecancer.com.

 

ABOUT DR. FINGER: 

Dr. Finger is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is fellowship trained in ocular tumor, orbital disease, and ophthalmic radiation therapy. He is considered a world leader and specialist in radiation treatment of the eye. 

He has researched and developed new methods of diagnosis used around the world. These include new applications of high-frequency anterior segment ultrasound (“ultrasonic biomicroscopy,” or UBM), OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), digital imaging. He believes in small incision surgery and therefore invented the “Finger Iridectomy Technique” biopsy for iris and ciliary body tumors and FACT micro incision orbitotomy technique for orbital tumors. 

In terms of treatment, Dr. Finger is widely known to invent palladium-103 plaque radiation therapy for choroidal melanoma which has resulted in improved outcomes compared to other plaques and proton beam (See Dr. Fingers’ Results Page). He is also known for discovering anti-VEGF therapy for radiation retinopathy and radiation optic neuropathy.

At The New York Eye Cancer Center, we want patients to understand their diagnosis, alternatives of treatment and to see their current status. This is why Dr. Finger placed 4K 55″ inch HD displays in each examination room. Using photographs, OCTs, ultrasounds and angiograms, Dr. Finger and his staff can teach patients everything they need to know about their eye tumor.

Dr. Finger is looking for a motivated, compassionate and dedicated physician to join his practice. If you are striving for excellence, join us!

Practice Locations:

The New York Eye Cancer Center

115 East 61st Street – Suite 5B

New York, NY 10065

+1 212-832-8170

Teaching Locations:

  1. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

 

  1. New York University School of Medicine

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