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Our Team

Edward Smith, M.D.

Ophthalmologist Brooklyn Heights | Edward Smith, M.D.Dr. Smith is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist who practices comprehensive ophthalmology, as well as neuro-ophthalmology. He performs and teaches small incision cataract surgery, refractive cataract surgery, pterygium excision with graft, penetrating keratoplasty and most anterior segment reconstructive procedures. Dr. Smith is a founding partner of Downstate Ophthalmology Associates in Park Slope, and is the Chief of Ophthalmology at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.  For the past 22 academic years, his career has involved teaching residents ophthalmic surgery, and he has functioned as Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs at NY Harbor Brooklyn VA Hospital for the past ten years. Dr. Smith has had the good fortune of being involved in educating all of the graduating SUNY Downstate ophthalmology residents, both in the operating room and the clinic, and is proud to say that many have gone on to become national leaders in the ophthalmic community.

Dr. Smith has been included in Best Doctors in New York Magazine (1991), Castle Connolly Best Doctors in New York (1999-2011) as well as New York Times Superdoctors (2008-2011).

Peter D. Berg, M.D.

Ophthalmologist Brooklyn Heights | Peter D. Berg, M.D.Dr. Berg specializes in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, in which he is fellowship trained. His SUNY Downstate clinical and teaching activities are focused primarily at University Hospital of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn VA. His current clinical and research interests include pterygium excision with free conjunctival graft, dermoid and epidermoid tumors of the orbit, familial euryblepharon and megaloblepharon, and the use of CO2 laser in congenital lymphangioma involving the orbit.

Dr. Berg also has a hospital appointment at Kingsbrook Hospital Center. He is president of SUNY Downstate Ophthalmology Alumni, and director of its scientific symposium.  Dr. Berg graduated with his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed residency training at the Hospital University of Pennsylvania/SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

John Laudi, M.D.

Ophthalmologist Brooklyn Heights | John Laudi, M.D.Dr. Laudi graduated his ophthalmology residency program from SUNY Downstate, and completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology. He currently practices general ophthalmology, as well as neuro-ophthalmology in the Brooklyn area, as well as in the Bronx. He performs all types of cataract surgery, as well as most anterior segment procedures, including laser treatments. Dr. Laudi has taught surgery and clinical management to the ophthalmology residents from SUNY Downstate for the last 10 years, and more recently to the ophthalmology residents of Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx.

Alexander Tarnarider, O.D.

Optometrist Brooklyn Heights | Alexander Tarnarider, O.D.Dr. Alexander Tarnarider is a highly skilled and experienced optometrist with affiliations at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital, currently serving as President and CEO of Brighton Eye Center. Dr. Tarnarider received a Bachelor’s degree from CUNY Brooklyn College, and then graduated from the New England College of Optometry. While working towards his degree, Dr. Tarnarider completed internship training at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Manchester VA Medical Center and Hadassah Hospital/Hebrew University Medical Center. Outside of his training and practice duties, Dr. Tarnarider holds membership in the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Society of New York City.

Steven Inker, M.D.

Steven Inker, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in General Ophthalmology and Neuro-ophthalmology. He has almost 20 years of experience both in private practice and in teaching institutions.

Dr. Inker earned his BS degree from the City College of New York and his medical degree from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, he returned to complete his ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn and then completed a Neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Inker is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Diplomate of the American College of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Inker divides his time between private practice and teaching. He is currently Director of the Center. He is actively involved in resident teaching and has been named Attending of the Year by the ophthalmology residency programs of both the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the SUNY - Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Dr. Inker's practice encompasses all of general ophthalmology, but he has a special interest in neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology.


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