MEET OUR DOCTORS


Steven M. Williams, MD

Steven M. Williams, MD is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he earned a physics degree with highest honors. After completing medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, he was a surgical intern at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. He completed specialty training in ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD which included instruction at The Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute. During his final year he served as Chief Resident and received the Outstanding Resident Award. ​

Dr. Williams performed his vitreoretinal subspecialty training in Virginia Beach with Maurice B. Landers III, M.D., formerly the director of fellowship training at Duke University. In conjunction with that fellowship he was a visiting macula fellow with J. Donald Gass, M.D., at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Nashville, TN. Dr. Williams has coauthored the authoritative texts Macular Surgery and Vitreoretinal Surgical Techniques. Upstate Medical University has named Dr. Williams Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, and he has also served as a trustee at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Dr. Williams created Mohawk Valley Retina to provide the highest quality subspecialty care to his hometown community.

Dr. Williams is a board certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Joseph P. Gale, MD

Joseph P. Gale, MD graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA where he earned a degree in physics. After completing medical school at the Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY he was an intern at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. Dr. Gale completed specialty training in Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Norfolk, VA where he served as Chief Resident.

​Dr. Gale performed his vitreoretinal subspecialty training at West Virginia University under the directorship of Dr. Lionel Chisholm, a distinguished leader in retinal surgery. This fellowship is recognized as a premier vitreoretinal training program. He practiced for four years as a successful surgeon in a busy vitreoretinal practice in Burlington, VT. After returning to New York State he was named Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In 2012 he was named Outstanding Physician of the year by the Genesis Group.

Dr. Gale is a board certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists .

Amir F. Yazdanyar, MD, PhD

Amir F. Yazdanyar, MD, PhD earned his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and completed an ophthalmology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. He then served as a Vitreoretinal Fellow at the University of California, Davis.

Before joining Mohawk Valley Retina, Dr. Yazdanyar served as the Director of the Retina Service at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. In this capacity, he continues to train the next generation of medical students and ophthalmologists.

Dr. Yazdanyar has been involved in many research projects in the field of retina. He has published multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and has given lectures nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards, including SUNY Chancellors Award for Research Excellence, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Foundation/Retina Research Foundation/Lawrence Travel Award, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology/Research to Prevent Blindness Resident and Fellow Research Award. In addition, he was awarded the prestigious Raymond R. Margherio Award at the Retina Society meeting in 2018.

Dr. Yazdanyar is a board certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and American Society of Retina Specialists. He has shown consistent commitment to his patients, and is devoted to providing outstanding medical and surgical care for those with vitreoretinal disorders.