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Richmond University Medical Center Announces New Chair of Ophthalmology

August 14, 2020

Richmond University Medical Center has announced David Mostafavi, MD, is the hospital’s new chair of ophthalmology. Dr. Mostafavi is a board certified member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

“Dr. Mostafavi brings impeccable credentials to our robust team of physicians,” president and chief executive officer, Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE, said. “His expertise in the field of ophthalmology will take our comprehensive eye and vision care services to a level never before achieved at the hospital. We’re excited to have him at the helm of our ophthalmology department where he and the team will make tremendous strides in improving the health of our communities.”

Dr. Mostafavi received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers) and subsequently completed his ophthalmology residency at SUNY Downstate where he was  named administrative chief resident by the faculty his last year. While a resident, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical society. After residency, Dr. Mostafavi extended his training with a fellowship in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary under the guidance of Michael Samson, MD, and Sanjay Kedhar, MD, both recognized leaders in the fields of ocular inflammation and corneal disease. He has also spent the last five years teaching cataract surgery to ophthalmology residents. Dr. Mostafavi is also the author of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and chapter textbooks.

“This is an opportunity to transform the hospital’s advanced eye and vision care center into more of a private practice style center where patients are treated in a timely manner with exceptional physicians who have access to the latest technology,” Dr. Mostafavi said. “We are also starting to train ophthalmology residents which we haven’t done in a long time.”

Richmond University Medical Center’s Advanced Eye and Vision Care Center provides a full range of ophthalmology services for patients of all ages. Services include routine vision exams, diabetic eye exams, glaucoma screenings, pediatric exams, diagnosis of ocular disorders and diseases, and the management and treatment of macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and other conditions. . The center is located inside the main hospital at 355 Bard Avenue, Staten Island NY 10310. To make an appointment, call 718-818-4848 or visit