Dr. Grabowski earned his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic University, about an hour from his childhood home in Utica, New York. After graduating cum laude from Rensselaer, Dr. Grabowski obtained his medical degree from Albany Medical College, where he completed a 4-year ophthalmology residency.
That was followed by fellowship training at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where he first established himself as a specialist in treating retinal diseases.
Elected by his peers to the area’s “Best Doctor” list, Dr. Grabowski’s influence in the ophthalmology fields extends well beyond Outlook Eyecare. He has instructed ophthalmology students at Albany Medical College and presented scholarly papers at the Wills Eye Hospital Annual Conference multiple times. He has also presented to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Albany Ophthalmic Update.
Dr. Grabowski is an experienced retinologist and intravitreal medication specialist. He has years of experience treating macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions using Lucentis®, Avastin®, EYLEA®, and steroids. Utilizing the latest in diagnostic technology he is able to perform many procedures in his office.
Dr. Grabowski discusses the changes he’s witnessed in his specialty during his career and the exciting breakthroughs on the horizon.
My wonderful, compassionate childhood ophthalmologist planted the seed when he prescribed my first pair of glasses. Of course, I was still too young to even know that I could aspire to this profession, but I recall looking forward to every appointment even though each exam resulted in burying my head in the back seat to avoid sunlight after having my eyes dilated. I truly became fascinated by science in my sophomore year in high school—specifically how living organisms succeeded. It was then that I really started thinking about being a doctor.
I’d say it’s the trust that my colleagues and my patients put in my ability. I am forever grateful that I was blessed with the skills and the drive to take care of such wonderful people.
During my 2 years of fellowship training at Wills Eye Hospital, I was fortunate enough to learn from some of the most innovative eye doctors in the country. They trained us to tackle the most difficult eye problems and pushed us to not only apply the current practices, but to constantly improve and seek innovative solutions.
During my career this specialty has completely changed. Diseases that once resulted in blindness can now be treated, thanks to innovations developed by scientists and dedicated physicians. Retina surgery techniques have improved dramatically, and cataract surgery is now a routine procedure with the intraocular lens.
We are on the cusp of truly exciting biotechnology breakthroughs involving manipulation of DNA in a way that could actually prevent genetic defects that cause blindness. For example, researchers using CRISPR technology are already exploring ways to use it to remove and replace mutated genes responsible for some forms of vision loss.
Growing up in Utica, NY, was a dream for a little boy, with crisp, cool summers and frequent blizzards in the winter. I skied almost every day. My wife and I have 3 lovely children who, when they were younger, tolerated my frequent absences on weekends and holidays when I performed emergency retinal surgery.
I spend as much time as possible with my grandchildren and also enjoy hiking.
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