Dr. Squillante: One Doctor, One Patient, One at a Time
With more than 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating diabetes-related eye diseases (diabetic retinopathy), and other disorders of the vitreous and retina, Dr. Squillante has developed a reputation as one of New York’s well-known retina specialists. Although his Retinacare practice is located in New York City, some of his patients travel from as far away as Europe and Japan to see him.
Dr. Squillante’s Educational and Professional Background
Dr. Squillante wanted to become doctor and care for patients since childhood. In 1976, that childhood dream became a reality when he became a board certified ophthalmologist. From 1975-76, Dr. Squillante completed his retina specialty training by earning a Fellowship at the world-renowned Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Squillante studied under Dr. Arnall Patz, a pioneer in laser treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
Prior to his Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Squillante completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, one of the largest and most prestigious specialty hospitals in the United States. Dr. Squillante also completed an Internship in Surgery at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. He earned his Medical Degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. In the midst of his training in the early 1970s, Dr. Squillante served as a physician in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Major during his service.
After completing his training, Dr. Squillante founded Retinacare, his own medical practice, in 1979. Located on Park Avenue in New York City, Retinacare is a private specialty practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all retina disorders. Retinacare accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare, Aetna, Cigna, Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield, GHI, HIP, Oxford, United Healthcare, and many others.
Always a believer in technology, Dr. Squillante has outfitted Retinacare with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. As a result, he can perform most procedures in his office, a convenience for patients. On those occasions when a hospital visit is required for his patients, Dr. Squillante is affiliated with two of the best New York Eye & Ear Infirmary and Lenox Hill Hospital.
Dr. Squillante has always considered it important to train the next generation of retina specialists. As a result, he has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University Medical Center since 1994. Prior to his appointment at NYU, Dr. Squillante served in a similar capacity at New York Medical College from 1984-92, and at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Squillante belongs to several medical organizations, including the American Society of Retina Specialists, Wilmer Residents Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, American Medical Association, and Medical Society of the State of New York.
Dr. Squillante is fluent in Italian.
One Doctor, One Patient, One at a Time
Today’s financially-driven health care system has resulted in doctors spending less and less time with their patients. Critics refer to this phenomenon as “factory” or “assembly line” health care.
By contrast, Dr. Squillante has always set himself apart by spending as much time with his patients as needed while simultaneously minimizing the amount of time spent waiting for an appointment to commence. Most notably, Dr. Squillante only sees one patient at a time, which means you’ll have his personal attention.
To accomplish this unique “one doctor, one patient, one at a time” philosophy, Dr. Squillante and his team at Retinacare schedule an ample amount of time between appointments, and designate certain days for specialized evaluations and procedures.
Dr. Squillante strongly believes that each patient deserves the highest level of ophthalmic and personalized care, and the utmost respect. To this end, Dr. Squillante’s mission is to become your active partner in caring for your visual problems.