Matthew Witmer, MD

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.

Dr. Witmer has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including publications on novel approaches to imaging of the retina and the latest treatment paradigms for many diseases of the retina. He has served as principal investigator and co-investigator of several clinical trials and has presented the results of his research at local, national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Witmer is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Monroe County Medical Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists.

Dr. Witmer maintains clinical privileges at Brighton Surgery Center, Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, and the University of Rochester Medical Center/ Strong Memorial Hospital.

  • Undergraduate – 2003, magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the prestigious national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Medical Degree – 2007, University of Virginia Medical School, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA).
  • Internship in Internal Medicine – 2008, The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida.
  • Ophthalmology Residency – 2011, The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida.
  • Chief Resident for the Department of Ophthalmology – 2011, The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida, where he served as Chief Resident for the Department of Ophthalmology.
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery fellowship – 2013, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
  • Clinical Instructor to the residency program – University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Witmer is proficient in Spanish. He is committed to providing the best care possible to all of his patients.


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