Ilene Siringo, O.D., is a 2000 graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. In 1996, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate, Dr. Siringo participated in basic science research to combat HIV. She raised money to fight the same by performing a piano recital, and participating in the AIDS ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Siringo has extensive experience in the fields of contact lens care and pre-and post-operative management of refractive surgery. From 2002-2003, she held a staff position at Darnall Army Community Hospital, in the Department of Ophthalmology, as the sole optometrist co-managing thousands of soldiers undergoing LASIK and PRK. She has held numerous private practice positions, concentrating in primary eye care and contact lens fitting, both in New York City and Central Texas.
Dr. Siringo has participated in an eye care mission through the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity in Nicaragua. She is an avid chef, classical guitar player, painter, and also enjoys running, bicycling, and knitting. Dr. Siringo has one son with Dr. Frank Siringo, whom she met while at a hospital rotation in West Point, NY in 1999, and married in 2001.
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Frank Siringo, M.D., O.D., is a 2009 graduate of New York University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha honors society), and a 2001 graduate of the State University of New York State College of Optometry, where he was the recipient of a U.S. Health Professions Scholarship, and was subsequently named alumnus of the year in 2004. In 1996, he received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. One year of his undergraduate career was spent in Siena, Italy, studying art history and the Italian language.
Dr. Siringo will begin a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Colorado Denver in July of 2013. He is currently finishing his final (chief) year of ophthalmology residency at NY Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. Immediately prior to residency he was a preliminary intern in the department of medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was awarded preliminary intern of the year. Prior to medical school he served as an active duty optometrist (Captain) in the U.S. Army from June 2001 through July 2004, with two hospital staff appointments while stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. While on staff, he supervised physician assistant students and optometry students who rotated through the clinic, and delivered continuing education lectures on ocular disease to military optometrists.
For two years Dr. Siringo served as chief of optometry for the Fourth Infantry Division, and in April 2003, he deployed to Iraq. For one year Dr. Siringo led an optometry clinic in Tikrit, as part of the Fourth Infantry's 704th Division Support Battalion. The four-soldier team provided routine and emergency eye care, along with glasses fabrication, for thousands of soldiers in Task Force Iron Horse.
Other interests include the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity, (through which Dr. Siringo has participated in three one-week missions to Nicaragua), running, bicycling, and travel.
He and Dr. Ilene Siringo were married in 2001, and have one son.
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