Jaime Santamaria II, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Dr. Santamaria is an avid yachtsman. He holds a Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain's license since 1990. Dr. Santamaria also is an active musician who has served as an organist for several churches. He has composed pieces for choirs and several hymns. He is the Director of Concerts by the Bay, Inc., which sponsors the regular Sunday afternoon series by the Garden State Symphonic Band at Bayview Park in Perth Amboy.
- United States Congress - Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Professional, 1996
- State of New Jersey, Senate Resolution - "Outstanding Professional", Perth Amboy, 1996
- Citation, City of Perth Amboy - Outstanding Professional Award, 1996
Dr. Santamaria is married and has four children.
Parents - Dr. Jaime and Gloria Santamaria:
Dr. Santamaria I, was born in Burgos, Spain and earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the University of Madrid, Summa Cum Laude-extraordinary prize and valedictorian. He was the Medical Director of Abbott Laboratories and retired as Medical Director of the Sterling Drug Company. He was a numbered member and one of the founders of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, and was a corresponding member of the Royal Academy in Spain. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and the author of a medical textbook. In 1984, he was knighted in Spain by King Juan Carlos with the Royal Order of Isabel the Catholic. He had been elected to the Academy of Fernan Gonzalez in Burgos and had been declared not only Citizen of the Year in Burgos, but proclaimed as Citizen-Extraordinaire of Burgos, Spain in 1984. He was also a member of the Order of Imperial Byzantine of Constantine the Great. He had been interviewed numerous times on television in Europe and the United Sates. He was also an ordained Baptist minister.
Mrs. Gloria Santamaria is the author of six books, two of which are celebrated novels. Her published books are: God Always God, Gospel in Poetry, Mother a Gift of God, La Madre, The Calling, and El Pantano. She wrote numerous magazine articles and was a recipient of several honors, including the honor prize of ECHA and the Grand Order Mariana. She also received the City Proclamation of Honor by the Mayor of Miami, Florida.
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY
1965 High School Diploma-William Cullen Bryant High School, New York, NY
1969 B.S.-Physics and Mathematics-The Cooper Union School of Engineering and Science, New York, NY
1969 Honor Society-Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics)
1973 M.D.-Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1973 Alvin Behrens Memorial Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology, New York, NY
1973-74 Intern in Internal Medicine-Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY
1974 Diplomate-National Board of Medical Examiners, Philadelphia, PA
1974-75 Visiting Research Fellow-Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University, New York, NY
1976 Medical License No. 129261, The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, Albany, NY
1977 Medical License No. 34125, The State Board of Medical Examiners of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
1975-78 Residency in Ophthalmology, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
1977 William Warner Hoppin Award, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
1978-80 Assistant Attending-Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy Division, formerly Perth Amboy General Hospital, Perth Amboy, NJ
1978-82 Assistant in Clinical Ophthalmology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1978-present Private Practice of Ophthalmology
1978-94 Assistant Ophthalmologist, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
1978-present Attending Cornea Clinic, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
1978-present Supervisor and Instructor of Resident Surgeons, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
1979 Certified-Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology
1980-present Attending-Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy Division, formerly Perth Amboy General Hospital, Perth Amboy, NJ
1982-85 Instructor in Clinical Ophthalmology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1985-94 Associate in Clinical Ophthalmology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1994-present Assistant Attending in Ophthalmology, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
1994-present Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1984-87 Founder and Director of the Outpatient Eye Surgical Department at the Medical Care Center, Woodbridge, NJ
1985 Certificate, Radial Keratotomy Course, Refractive Eye Surgery Center, Philadelphia, PA
1985 Certificate, Epikeratophakia Course, Louisiana State University Eye Center and American Medical Optics, New Orleans, LA
1986-95 Founder and Director, Nassau Medical Eye Care, P.C., Westbury, Long Island, NY-A facility for secondary and tertiary medical and surgical eye care.
1987 Certificate, Course for Implantation of Starr Elastic Silicone Intraocular Lenses, Starr Surgical Company
1987 Certificate, Course for Small Incision Cataract Surgery, Converting to Phacoemulsification
1988 Faculty Member, Ph.D. Dissertation Review Committee, Columbia University, New York, NY
1988 Participated in a project to construct an engineering computerized model of the human eye during cataract surgery to determine the origin of vitreous pressure. This Project was carried out in conjunction with the Director of the Bio-Medical Engineering Institute of Columbia University. Results published in Dr. Ray Pixley's Ph.D. Dissertation, Bio-Medical Engineering Institute, Columbia University,1988.
1992 Co-Inventor of the Phaco-Gardâ„¢ Knife (Patent No. 5,234,436)
1992 Certificate; Course for Systemized Approach to Kerato-Refractive Surgery, Course Director, J.C. Casebeer, and M.D.
1993 Certificate, Course for Refractive Surgery, Ioptex Research Inc., New Orleans, LA
1993 Certificate, Refractive Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Fellow of the International College of Surgeons
- Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- American Medical Association
- Middlesex County Medical Society, Middlesex County, NJ
- New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology
- Medical Society of New Jersey
Present Research Projects:
- Computerized data collecting project in order to be able to precisely predict which eyes will experience globe collapsibility during cataract surgery using contemporary extracapsular instrumental techniques.
- Involved with Dr. Ray Pixley, a structural engineer, in the development of a new focusing posterior-chamber intraocular lens.
- Involved with Dr. Elliot Packer in developing a new video system for retinal laser surgery.
- Involved with Dr. Packer (Biomedical Engineer) in the study of the posterior corneal curvature as a factor in post radial keratotomy intraocular lens calculations.
- Involved in the development of improved instrumentation in small-incision cataract surgery.
- Santamaria J. II, "Corneal Transplants in Rats with Adjuvant Arthritis," Abstracts of the Associations for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, April 1975.
- Gilbard, J., Farris, R.L. & Santamaria, J. II, "Osmolarity of Tear Microvolumes in Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca," Archives of Ophthalmology, Vol. 96, April 1978.
- Hoefle, F. & Santamaria, J. II, "Therapeutic Use of Soft Contact Lenses," in B.D. Srinivasan, Ocular Therapeutics, 1981.
- Santamaria, J. II, "Steroidal Agents: Their Systemic and Ocular Complications," Journal of Ocular Inflammation and Therapeutics, 1:19-26. 1983.
- Farris, R. Linsy, Kung, J.S., Sambursky, D.L. Lucca, J.A., and Santamaria, J. II, "A Porcine Model for Ocular Blunt Trauma: Excimer Photo Ablation vs. Radial Keratotmy," "Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science," 34:1115 (No. 4), March 1993.
- Kung, J.S., Sambursky, D.L., Lucca, J.A., Santamaria, J. II, Haight, D.H., "A Comparison of Wound Integrity after Blunt Trauma: Excimer Photo Ablation vs. Radial Keratotomy," Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 34:1115 (No.4), March 1993.
- Lucca, J.A., Kung, J.S., Sambursky, D.L., and Santamaria, J. II, "Radial Keratotomy: Incision Depth and Number of Incisions in the Rupture Strength of Pig Eyes," Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 34:1247 (No. 4), March 1993.
- Santamaria, J. II, "Nylon Suture Coding to Control Astigmatism in Cataract Implant Surgery," in preparation.
- Santamaria, J. II, "Nucleus Tumble during Extracapsular Surgery," in preparation.
- Santamaria, J. II, Florakis, George, "New Technique for Removal of Miniscule Corneal Foreign Body," in preparation.
- Santamaria, J.II, Florakis, George, "Corneal Topography and Cataract Surgery in a Patient with Cornea Plana," in preparation.
- Kung, J.S., Lucca, J.A., Santamaria J. II, "Incision Depth vs. Incision Number in the Rupture Strength of Pig Eyes Following Radial Keratotomy," Journal of Refractive Surgery 12(2): S294, 1996.
- Santamaria, N.C.; Kung, J.S., Santamaria, J. II, "Incision Depth vs. Incision Number in the Rupture Strength of Pig Eyes Following Astigmatic Keratopathy," in preparation.
- U.S. Patent No. 5,234,436-Phaco-Gard™ Microsurgical Knives