Meet our Team
Harold S. Perlmutter, MD, FACS
Harold S. Perlmutter, MD, FACS, a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1960. Graduating near the top of his class at Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences, he went on to complete a prestigious medical internship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Perlmutter’s academic ophthalmology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine was followed by his appointment as clinical assistant instructor in ophthalmology. From 1968 to 1970, Dr. Perlmutter served in the US Air Force, achieving the rank of captain and holding the position of chief of the ophthalmology service at USAF Hospital, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In July of 1970, he joined Eye Physicians of Sussex County and is a full attending physician at Newton Memorial Hospital. A multiple recipient of the Physicians Recognition Award for his conscientiousness in continuing education, Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.
David M. Inkeles, MD, FACS
Born in New York City, David M. Inkeles, MD, FACS, graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. He then served in the US Army as an assistant professor of Military Science. This was followed by a successful career as a commodity broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. in New York. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. After serving an internship at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, he took an academic ophthalmology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
In 1976 Dr. Inkeles joined Eye Physicians of Sussex County, where he has enjoyed a successful practice in ophthalmology that includes surgical operations at the practice’s ambulatory surgical center.
Board-Certified fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Inkeles continues to further his education by attending conferences in Europe and the United States on a regular basis.
Richard I. Hansen, MD, FACS
Hailing from New Jersey and Long Island, New York, Richard I. Hansen, MD, FACS, is a Board-Certified ophthalmologist who graduated cum laude in engineering science from Hofstra University in Long Island. While at Hofstra, Dr. Hansen was co-captain of the track and field team and set individual single meet and season scoring records in track and field. As a Ford Foundation Fellow, he earned his master of science degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Hansen graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and served a rotating internship in internal medicine, pediatrics, and pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Hansen then returned to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he completed his residency training in ophthalmology, attaining the position of chief resident in his third year.
A fellowship in retinal surgery then followed at Ohio State University, Dr. Hansen went on to teach full time as an assistant professor at the University of Florida Medical School in Gainesville, Florida where he was attending in charge of the glaucoma clinics, retina surgeon and acting chairman of the ophthalmology division at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
In 1981 Dr. Hansen became an associate of Eye Physicians of Sussex County. Throughout the 1980′s, Dr. Hansen worked as a volunteer teacher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He has served as chief of the department of surgery at Newton Memorial Hospital from 1990 to 1992.
An experienced writer, Dr. Hansen has also co-authored chapters in three medical textbooks.
Robert G. Barone, MD, FACS
Dr. Barone received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Georgetown University and his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed a medical internship and an ophthalmology residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After practicing general ophthalmology for two years in New York, Dr. Barone completed a medical retinal and electrophysiology fellowship at New York University. The following year, he completed a second fellowship at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center in surgical retinal and ocular trauma.
Dr. Barone is a member of many prestigious societies including the American Society of Vitreoretinal Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He is also past President of the New Jersey Retina Society.
Dr. Barone’s current interests are in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and macular degeneration. He has co-authored a chapter on retinal detachment repair in a comprehensive retinal text. He has also been published in the journal, Retina. Currently, he is a clinical instructor of ophthalmology at Rutgers Medical School.
Laura Hirschfeld, MD, FACS
Laura Hirschfeld, MD, FACS, is a Board-Certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal and refractive surgeon. As a full-time member of Eye Physicians of Sussex County, Dr. Hirschfeld focuses her practice on the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, corneal diseases and laser vision correction.
Dr. Hirschfeld graduated with honors in biology from Harvard University. She later received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Dr. Hirschfeld received her ophthalmology training at the renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where she was one of the first ophthalmologists-in-training to perform laser vision correction. She was subsequently appointed to a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She spent her fellowship exclusively performing corneal transplants and refractive surgical procedures for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Dr. Hirschfeld is a member of many medical societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Amit Vora, MD
Dr. Amit Vora, a specialist in cornea and refractive surgery, has joined Eye Physicians of Sussex County. He is skilled in cataract surgery (including complex procedures), cornea transplants, intraocular lens, repositioning procedures, refractive surgery, dry eye, cornea pathology, and comprehensive ophthalmology, and has lectured and published extensively in his field.
A New Jersey native, Dr. Vora most recently was a clinical and surgical fellow in cornea and refractive surgery at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. He received his undergraduate degree in economics (with honors) and South Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MBA from Rutgers and an M.D. with distinction in research from the Rutgers University, Robert-Wood Johnson Medical School. He also did a year of research at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was chief resident at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.
He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Additionally, he has been an Eye Team volunteer with Kenya Relief, providing eye care to approximately 500 patients in rural Kenya.
Dr. Vora and his wife reside in Morris County.