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Welcome to Retina Associates of Western NY
Serving this community for over 35 years

Call us at (585) 442-3411 today.

Retina Associates of Western NY is a highly specialized group of physicians that focus on the care and treatment of diseases/conditions that affect the retina and vitreous. The physicians at Retina Associates of Western NY are leaders in the field of vitreoretinal care and have been instrumental in the research and development of the latest treatments for retinal disease. They remain academically active through their participation in clinical research trials, publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles, education of ophthalmology residents, and also lecturing around the world on vitreoretinal care and treatment.

The staff and physicians at Retina Associates of Western NY strive everyday to fulfill our mission: preserving and restoring sight with compassion and innovation. Thank you for allowing us to participate in your care!


Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

    " I had surgery last November for a detached retina... I am beyond pleased to say that Dr. Matthew Witmer did a fantastic job. Thank you for the professional work and I am beyond pleased with my results." 

    Steve. W

    "...From my initial meeting with Dr. Witmer, right on through my pre-surgery briefings and final post-surgery follow up appointments, he has been the ultimate professional. He has taken time to explain the surgery and ensure any concerns or questions I may have are answered. I just can't say enough positive things about Dr. Witmer both as a surgeon and person." 

    Gregg J.

    "... Dr. Rose- Thank you for giving me my eye back! I thank you all for what you did for me." 

    Kathy B.

Meet The Physicians

Learn Who We Are

  • Steven Rose, MD
    Medical & Surgical Retina Specialist

    Dr. Rose has been practicing with Retina Associates of Western NY since 1990. As a principal investigator in national clinical trials of new drugs and treatments for retinal diseases, Dr. Rose has continued to remain active academically. Numerous publications that Dr. Rose has authored appear in peer-reviewed articles and books.

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  • Brian Connolly, MD
    Medical & Surgical Retina Specialist

    Dr. Connolly was born and raised in the Rochester area and graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1987.  He was offered a scholarship to attend St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto in Canada. He obtained the Academic Silver Medal for academic excellence with a Major in Immunology and Minor in Ethics in 1991.  He attended SUNY Stony Brook Medical school and graduated with an MD, with distinction in Research.

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  • Edward Hall, MD
    Medical & Surgical Retina Specialist

    Dr. Hall was born and raised in central Massachusetts and graduated from Brandeis University in 1997 with high honors in biology. He completed his undergraduate honors thesis at Harvard Medical School while working in conjunction with Drs. Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash, who were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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  • Matthew Witmer, MD
    Medical & Surgical Retina Specialist

    Dr. Witmer was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He joined Retina Associates of Western New York in 2016. He has performed a 2-year fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where he also served as clinical instructor to the residency program in ophthalmology.

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  • Angela Bessette, MD

    Dr. Bessette joined RAWNY in September of 2020. Dr. Bessette is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester followed by dual fellowship training in Medical Retina and Uveitis at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. 

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