Las Vegas Ophthalmologist Gives the Gift of Sight to Patients in the West Indies

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to recognize Dr. Steven Leibowitz, Board Certified Ophthalmologist and recent recipient of the Senior Honors Award from the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Leibowitz, who recently completed his fifth medical mission, is no stranger to the Caribbean Islands of the British West Indies. While most Americans frequent the area for leisure, Dr. Leibowitz has made it his “home away from home” for philanthropic reasons.

At the time of his residency with Harvard University’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, there were no Ophthalmologists in St. Lucia. Today, there are four Ophthalmologists in the area; however they are unable to perform complex surgical procedures for the treatment of conditions such as Grave’s Disease and other tearing issues. Dr. Leibowitz personally funds all of his medical missions.   

“Through these missions, I am able to share my knowledge with local Ophthalmologists and teach them techniques for complex medical procedures that they were previously unable to perform,” said Dr. Leibowitz.

Dr. Leibowitz is the Medical Director of the Center for Graves Disease at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Sunrise is the only hospital in Las Vegas to offer treatment for Graves Disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the eyes and orbits. The most common symptoms include inflamed or bulging eyes, swelling of the eyelids, weight loss and an increased thyroid. Side effects from this activity may result in an increase in your metabolic rate and may affect a person’s physical appearance and mood.

Dr. Leibowitz specializes in surgery of the eyelids, tear ducts and orbital surfaces. He is one of only two members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Nevada. Dr. Leibowitz is a member of an International Thyroid Eye Disease Study Group, ITEDS, to develop new medical treatments to avoid the orbital complications of Grave’s Disease.  One day a week he travels to UCLA, where he teaches residents and fellows at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA to perform ophthalmic plastic surgery.

To learn more about the Center for Graves Disease at Sunrise Hospital or for a physician referral, call (702) 233-5454 or log onto www.SunriseHospital.com .

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