LIE Mentor of the Year

John G. Passarelli, M.D.

John G. Passarelli, M.D.

Dr. John G. Passarelli, a Board Certified ophthalmic surgeon is the managing partner and medical director of Long Island Surgical Care, P.C., the principal owner and medical director of Long Island Ambulatory Surgery Center LLC in Brentwood, NY, and the founder of Suffolk Surgery Center LLC in Shirley, NY.  As of January, 2017 Dr. Passarelli is the cofounder and president of SIGHTMD which consists of Long Island Eye Care PC, North Shore Eye Care and affiliated practices. SIGHTMD is a large multi-disciplinary eye care company consisting of twenty five office locations and sixty plus Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Physician assistants.  Geographically, SIGHTMD covers the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Passarelli is also the founder and one of the principal owners of the Long Island Vision Management, LLC, a management service organization servicing eye care practices. 

Dr. Passarelli earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Notre Dame and completed his medical school education from the State University of New York Downstate.  His ophthalmic training occurred at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York City where he achieved Chief Residency status in Ophthalmology.

In addition to Long Island Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, Dr. Passarelli is affiliated with several hospitals including Good Samaritan Medical Center, South Side Hospital and North Shore LIJ Health System.  He has been an ophthalmologist for more than thirty years and specializes in cataract and vision correction micro-surgical procedures of the eye.

Dr. Passarelli performed refractive surgery since its infancy in the early 1980s and has been performing LASIK surgery since its approval by the FDA in 1995.  Dr. Passarelli is the senior partner in Island Refractive Eye Care. The facility is equipped with the latest technology utilizing iDesign, Wavescan, VISX Star S4 IR Laser and IFS Femto Intralase Laser.  All are located in a new state of the art refractive surgery suite in Smithtown, NY.

Dr. Passarelli has lectured extensively throughout the United States including the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital in New York, and Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  His presentations include the American Academy of Ophthalmology Surgeons and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.  Dr. Passarelli has been providing education for medical students, residents and physicians assistants for over twenty years.  Dr. Passarelli is presently on the Advisory Council for the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame.  Academically, Dr. Passarelli is recognized as one of the most experienced and educated eye surgeons on Long Island.  He trains his peers nationally and is an inventor of micro-surgical instruments.   

Dr. Passarelli is a member of the Business Development Board for The First National Bank of Long Island. He is also an active member of the following medical societies:

American Association of Ophthalmic Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of Cataract &  Refractive Surgery, Long Island Ophthalmological Society, Medical Society of the State of New York, New York Diabetes Association, Out-Patient Ophthalmic Surgical Society, Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Society of Excellence in Eye Care, Suffolk County Ophthalmic Society, The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Top Doctor.

Dr. Passarelli’s awards include the Community Outreach Award and UCP Suffolk’s 2003 Honoree.  He has been awarded the Certificate of Honor from both Southside Hospital and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. 

Dr. John G Passarelli and Mrs. Heidi Smith Passarelli over the years have collaborated with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and his alma mater the University of Notre Dame. Their other initiatives include: creating the Museum of Biodiversity in the Jordan Hall of Science at Notre Dame; sponsoring the Notre Dame students at the Watson School for the summer ERP undergraduate program; building the DNA Learning Center at the University of Notre Dame and endowing the chairmanship for Dr. Amy L. Stark.  It was their dream to create a collaboration with these two outstanding institutions.

Dr. Passarelli has expanded his services and is now available at his other Long Island, New York offices in Sayville, West Islip, Huntington, Amityville, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Hauppauge and Bay Shore.  The main office, laser suite and the AAAHC certified ambulatory surgery center are located in Brentwood, New York.  The Suffolk Surgery Center, AAAHC certified ambulatory center, is located in Shirley, NY. 

Dr. Passarelli currently resides in Laurel Hollow, New York with his wife Heidi Smith Passarelli.  Together they have four children, Matthew, Diana, Alyssa and Taylor.