Referring Doctors

Referring a patient is easy. Retina Associates of Western NY strives to take the stress out of this process. Therefore, whatever method of referral that is most convenient for you, we can accommodate. You can call us directly at 585-442-3411, or you can download a PDF referral form which can be emailed or faxed. Download the PDF referral form here:

RAWNY Referral Form

RAWNY is an emergency practice. Therefore, there are often same-day appointments available, should your patient require. The items we will require of you:

  • Basic demographics (including insurance)
  • Diagnosis/Signs & Symptoms
  • Medical Records (CCD File if possible or Fax)
  • When you would like the patient to be seen

To assist in making your patient’s care with us a smooth transition, we have informational brochures, new patient packets, and business cards available to you. If you are interested in receiving any of these items please email mwhelehan@retinaassociatesofwny.com and we will happily mail them to your office.


RAWNY News

RAWNY’s surgical center has been awarded “America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2022” based on results of an independent analysis from Newsweek and Statista. The Brighton Surgery Center is the ONLY Ambulatory Surgical Center in Western New York to be awarded “America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Center”. Our patients and family members ranked our services the highest in the following areas:

  • Management in times of the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. safety of residents, hygiene measures)
  • Management of waiting time (e.g. appointments)
  • Quality of surgery preparations (e.g. consultation with doctor, information)
  • Quality of follow-up care (e.g. physical therapies)

Read more about this award at https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/brighton-surgery-center-ranked-among-best-in-us-third-in-new-york-state/?utm_source=wroc_app&utm_medium=social&utm_content=share-link

Horseheads office now open and scheduling appointments! We are pleased to announce the opening of our new office location in the Chambers Road plaza in Horseheads, NY. Now accepting new patients and scheduling appointments with all of our providers.

Now seeing patients at our Batavia location! RAWNY is pleased to offer a new office location to better serve our patients where they live. We have leased space in the RRH/Reed Eye Associates building and are now seeing patients. Referrals to this location will be handled with the same quality and consideration as you have come to trust from our Brighton location.


Upcoming Events

January 11th 2023: Rochester Optometric Society Annual Retina Update hosted at our Rochester Office. This event will be offered in person as well as virtually. Presenters will be Dr. Steven Rose, Dr. Brian Connolly, Dr. Edward Hall and Dr. Matthew Witmer. Presentation topics TBD. Inquiries about this event can be directed to mwhelehan@retinaassociatesofwny.com.


Past Events

October 13th 2022: Southern Tier Optometric Society Retina Educational Presentation & Dinner. This will be an in-person presentation and dinner in Ithaca, NY. Presentations will include “Cataract Surgery Complications” by Dr. Brian Connolly, “Artery Occlusions” by Dr. Edward Hall, “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Macular Pucker” by Dr. Matthew Witmer, and “Management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration” by Dr. Angela Bessette.

June 28th, 2022: Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the opening of our new office on Chambers Road in Horseheads, NY.

March 23rd, 2022: Dinner and Educational Presentation “Update on Diabetic Retinopathy” presented by the physicians at RAWNY. This presentation will discuss the definition, epidemiology, and current treatments for diabetic retinopathy, including emerging concepts, new treatment paradigms and case studies. Location: Timberlodge at Arrow Head Golf Course in Akron, NY. This event is open to all Western NY providers.

January 19th 2022: Rochester Optometric Society Annual Retina Update. This event will be offered virtually. Presentations will include “Cataract Surgery Complications” by Dr. Brian Connolly, “Update on Diabetic Retinopathy” by Dr. Edward Hall, “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Macular Pucker” by Dr. Matthew Witmer, and “Update on Age-Related Macular Degeneration” presented by Dr. Angela Bessette.

October 14th, 2021: Southern Tier Optometric Society Retina Educational Presentation & Dinner. This will be an in-person presentation and dinner in Ithaca, NY. Presentations will include “Peripheral Retinal Lesions” by Dr. Brian Connolly, “Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema” by Dr. Edward Hall, “Laser Injuries to the Retina” by Dr. Matthew Witmer, and “Retinal Manifestations of Systemic Diseases and Medications” by Dr. Angela Bessette.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021: Rochester Optometric Society Annual Retina Update. Virtual presentations will include “Peripheral Retinal Lesions” by Dr. Brian Connolly, “Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema” by Dr. Edward Hall, “Laser Injuries to the Retina” by Dr. Matthew Witmer, and “Retinal Manifestations of Systemic Diseases and Medications” by Dr. Angela Bessette.


Clinical Trials

If you are interested in referring a patient for participation in a clinical trial, please contact one of our study coordinators:

Mary Jo Doran, COA
Phone: 585-450-2082
Email: mdoran@retinaassociatesofwny.com

Jessica Alawi-Dugovic 
Phone: 585-442-3411 ext. 129
Email: jalawidugovic@retinaassociatesofwny.com

Trista Buschemi
Phone: 585-450-2081
Email: tbuscemi@retinaassociatesofwny.com