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Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region Expands Glaucoma Surgical Team to Meet the Eye Care Needs of the Capital Region

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, and it is estimated that 3 million people in America have glaucoma. To meet the glaucoma treatment needs of the Capital Region, Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region (OCCR) is proud to welcome two new glaucoma specialists to its team, Dr. George Shafranov and Dr. Shafiq Jivanjee.

“There has been a severe shortage of glaucoma specialists not only in the Capital Region but nationally,” said Dr. Allen Zieker, president of Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region. “For several years we’ve been looking for the right people with the right skill set to join our practice. We’re very happy to announce the addition of two glaucoma specialists, Dr. Shafranov and Dr. Jivanjee, to OCCR. We now have the ability to meet the glaucoma treatment needs of our community.”

George Shafranov, M.D., joins OCCR after running his own successful ophthalmology practice in Guildford, Connecticut for thirteen years and teaching at Yale University as a faculty member. Dr. Shafranov was not only an associate professor within Yale’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, but he also headed the entire glaucoma division of the department for several years as director.

Since 1999, Dr. Shafranov has been a reviewer for the Journal of Glaucoma, a forum for ophthalmologists to explore new approaches to diagnosis and innovations in pharmacological therapy and surgical technique, and he continues in his role as a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology and visual science at Yale University. Dr. Shafranov co-wrote the clinically focused and practical textbook for ophthalmologists Shields’ Textbook of Glaucoma and has presented lectures and courses on glaucoma-related research at ophthalmology conferences worldwide.

“Dr. Shafranov brings to OCCR valuable experience and knowledge from running his own practice for several years,” stated Dr. Allen Zieker. “He also has many years of experience as a leader at one of the world’s most prestigious ophthalmology programs. We’re excited he is joining our glaucoma treatment team here at OCCR.”

Also joining OCCR is Dr. Shafiq Jivanjee, a board-certified ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He, too, comes to OCCR after practicing as a comprehensive ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist in the private sector.

Dr. Jivanjee’s expertise includes cataracts combined with glaucoma management, from the simple to the complex, tailoring treatment needs to each individual patient. He is a specialist in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), the latest advance in the surgical treatment of glaucoma, as he is committed to providing treatment options that are considerably less invasive, more effective, and speedier in recovery than traditional techniques. “When looking at doctors to join our practice, we not only want to find surgeons who are at the top of their field and knowledgeable about the latest treatment options,” Dr. Zieker said, “but it’s also imperative to find physicians who are committed to each patient and offering them the best, most comprehensive, customized care that will fit their individual needs. Dr. Jivanjee is such a practitioner, and we are looking forward to having him as a part of the OCCR practice.”

Making up the team of glaucoma surgeons at OCCR, Dr. Shafranov and Dr. Jivanjee join Dr. Nalini A. Madiwale, who has been treating OCCR’s glaucoma patients since 1999. Dr. Madiwale is specifically trained and educated on the latest treatment options for glaucoma and focuses on surgical glaucoma procedures. Alongside her medical practice, Dr. Madiwale has had the honor of serving on the faculty of one of the world’s most respected medical schools: Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.

Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region is pleased to expand its glaucoma medical and surgical team in order to meet the needs of the community in Albany and surrounding areas. With the latest in glaucoma technology and treatments and physicians who have decades of research and clinical experience and a history of compassionate patient care—you can count on us.

About Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region

At Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, we offer a comprehensive model of eye care with experienced specialists, ophthalmologists & optometrists. We have 5 convenient locations in AlbanyClifton ParkSchenectadySchodack, and Troy.