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Top Australian judge flies to U.S. for eye surgery from N.J. doctor ​

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2017/04/top_australian_judge_flies_to_us_to_get_surgery_fr.html


​​LAWRENCE - Trenton Times, April 7, 2017


​Dr. Steven G. Safran, left, American Board Certified, Fellowship-trained Cornea Specialist, does a follow-up visit with John Henry Pascoe, right, Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, who came all the way from Australia specifically to have Dr. Safran perform the surgery. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com)
 Veteran eye doctor Dr. Steven Safran says he often feels a little nervous the night before a significant surgery.
So the Lawrence ophthalmologist has a pre-op routine that includes meditation. "But at some point you don't really worry about who the patient is," he said.
That was the case Monday when Safran operated on John Pascoe, Chief Judge on Australia's Federal Circuit Court, who flew around the world to see if Safran could restore the vision to his left eye.
"You have to remind yourself that this is who you are and this is what you do," Safran said, reflecting on the operation Wednesday, which was a success.
Pascoe, who was having recurring problems with his left eye, heard about Safran from his Australian doctor who had seen teaching videos that Safran posted online to help prospective ophthalmology students.
With that, he got in touch with Safran, who said he was up for the task - and not long after the judge was on a 25-hour plane trip from Sydney.
But after it wasn't until the judge arrived that the task really sank in, Safran said.
Pascoe had suffered a detached retina years ago a surgery about 10 years ago to put a lens in his eye used silicon.
"Which caused a whole series of problems," Pascoe said Friday at Safran's office for a post-op visit.
His eye became really clouded, causing obvious vision problems, and eventual blindness.
Safran said was calcified. "It looked like a gravel pit," he said. "He couldn't see through it and we couldn't see through it."
To remove the lens and insert a new one would involve techniques that, if they went wrong, could tear the part of the eye surrounding the lens, Safran said.
"I would not get a chance to do anything to fix anything," Safran said. He said removing the lens was like pulling overcooked lobster out of its shell.
Safran knew before Pascoe awoke the surgery worked. The judge wasn't able to speak immediately after but Safran talked to him anyway. "I said it was worth the trip."
On Friday, Pascoe agreed: "It was a journey that was well worthwhile."
For Safran, the judge's operation was "like winning the lottery."
"This is the closest I'll ever get to knowing how it feels to win the Super Bowl, but to me this is bigger because you're doing it for someone else," Safran said. "The faith he put in me and the trip he made, made it that much better."


2017

Dear Dr. Safran,
Thank you very much for the marvelous job that you did removing cataracts from both eyes and correcting my vision. Your skill in surgery is outstanding and in addition I deeply appreciate your kindness, generosity and the way you made me feel so comfortable throughout the entire process.
I am so pleased that my son Eli recommended you as my surgeon. May G-d reciprocate the kindness that you show others and may you be blessed with good health so that you can continue to help others for many years to come.
Sincerely
Miriam M.​



To My Wonderful Husband

I just retyped these testimonials word for word; I picked a few from hundreds of thank you cards that we have posted in the office and on file.  I actually had tears in my eyes typing them, they were so touching.  The testimonials reflect how dedicated you are to your patients and to your profession.  You are ethical and honest and do your absolute best for all your patients! You take patient care to the next level, giving up your free weekend time to go in if a patient has an emergency, answering phone calls yourself, paying attention to even the smallest of concerns and willing to give of yourself so much for others.  You read countless journals, attend seminars, give lectures, and do research, so you can stay ahead of the curve. Most of all our vacations are centered around Ophthalmology Meetings.  It’s fun for me because I get to see other interesting places but all you get to see is the inside of a convention building.  However,  you seem to be recharged by the day’s activities and the knowledge you keep acquiring.  You have endless energy and sublimate it to the highest degree.  Your passions are your work, physical fitness, golf and of course your family.  Even after a long day at the office you still have time for a catch with the boys, a baseball game, a rock concert, movies or a show and dinner.  Your family loves you, your patients love you and we are all so proud of you.  Our son Jordan wants to be an Ophthalmologist just like his Dad. You are a wonderful husband and role model for your children.
Your loving wife Lisa and your sons, Max, Jordan and Liam.






















January 2017


Dear Dr. Safran,
We continue to be impressed by your skillful and awe-inspiring surgery, and I thought you might like to have an update on Jim's progress since you saw him post-operatively on Friday January 13th.  Jim saw Dr. Prum at the University of Virginia last Tuesday, and the pressure in the left eye was still six, even though you had taken him off Xalatan.  However, at Friday's appointment, it was 20, so he was restarted on Azopt, which he was taking before the December surgery.  On Tuesday, the left eye was refracted to about 20/40 and on Friday at 20/20 and is quite stable.  Dr. Prum will see him again this Friday.
Dr. Prum and some of the technicians had watched the surgery that you posted on youtube with admiration and awe, and we eagerly watched it with similar feelings.  Again, we thank you for your careful attention and great skill.  Jim looks forward to many years of philosophical and, thanks to you and your kind and professional staff, physiologic vision. 
Best regards,
Sarah C.

p.s.  And thanks to your wife, who asked the important question that led to your decision to do the delicate and elegant rotation and repair rather than replacement.



February 2016

Dear Dr. Safran,
You are truly a gifted surgeon and a miracle worker.  You have been blessed with skills to help people like me. 
I am so thankful that I found you.  You are my hero and can not be thanked enough for giving me my sight back.
Coming to you has changed my life forever.  I am living in the light and not in the shadows now.
Donna W

   

 

December 2015

Dear Dr. Safran,
I think of you fondly and with deep gratitude for my eyes! I will go though life with awe and love for you and all the new life you provided for so many. I see with sharp and clear vision thanks to you!!
THANKS!!
Diane M.


June 2015

Dr. Safran & Staff,
Thank you for all the concern and warmth during my cataract journey. It is such a pleasure coming into the office feeling the warmth and seeing beautiful smiles.
My vision is great thanks to you, Dr. Safran. Thanks for always being available during this journey. You are AWESOME!
Cheers and Smiles,
Connie W.


April 2015

Dear Dr. Safran,
I didn't get a chance to speak with you after my recent visit since you were taking care of other patients, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for all that you have done to substantially improve my vision-this is the best that my vision has been in the past forty years! I also want to thank your entire staff for the kind, caring and professional manner in which they conduct themselves-they are the best!
Until my next visit in July, I wish you and your family and your staff a healthy, safe and enjoyable summer!
Sincerely,
Tony B.


March 2015

Dear Steve:
I am now able to report that my "starbursts" and " lens flairing" from headlights, street lights, etc are now a thing of the past!!
I remain profoundly grateful to you first as a great humanitarian for being willing to help me. And I remain profoundly grateful to you for your unsurpassed technical skill as an eye surgeon.
As you may have known I work very closely with pioneer Apollo astronauts, and more specifically with men who walked on the moon
The moonwalkers have always represented a special kind of hero to me. As of this morning, their ranks have swelled by one as you join them!
To me, you represent the ideal of what a doctor should be: not only technically skilled, but also a caring and compassionate human being who sees their patients not as a meal -ticket but as their brother or sister in need of help.
You represent the ideal physician to me... Caring, compassionate, and dedicated to relieving suffering
Thank you! As one who has lived on not just one celestial world but two, I can truly say with authority that you are the best eye surgeon on Earth!
Fondly,
David F.


November 2014

Dear Dr. Safran,
A few latitudes of gratitude for all you've done! I will also add my thanks for a job well done.
Tran P.


November 2014

Dr. Safran,
I'd like say "thank- you" for being my eye doctor. I feel very fortunate I was referred to you. I have had the utmost confidence in your diagnosis, treatment and oversight these many years. When it came to corrective vision treatment I was at ease due to your intelligence, many years of education, training and skill. I thought it was amazing how easy and painless the procedure was for me. Because of you I have much better eyesight. What a joy to be able to read and see details in everything without glasses.
No more frustration when misplacing or forgetting my glasses. In addition, you have a wonderful, thorough and pleasant staff. Looking forward to many more years of being your patient.
Thank You,
Karen S.


October 2014

Dear Dr. Safran,
Thank you so much for the great eyelid surgery. My eyelids healed nicely. Thank you for being so kind, caring and patient with me during this time. I greatly appreciate everything you did to make my eyelids look so beautiful
Dear Staff,
Thank you for all you did to help me get through my eyelid procedure. All of you were so informative, kind, caring, helpful and patient with me. Dr. Safran is so lucky to have all of you.
Sincerely,
Leslie M


September 2014

Dear Dr. Safran,
Thank you very much for your wonderful care and consideration for my vision. I really appreciate it. I am excited to see my new world. You are the best, a special and amazing doctor.
Thank you again!!!
Mihae K.

September 2014

Dr Safran,
I want to thank-you for your expertise and care of my eyes. For always having time for me and never rushing me through my visits. I greatly appreciate you.
Ruth P.


June 2014

Dear Dr. Safran,
You're the best! My eyelid surgery, my fractional laser and my trulign toric cataract surgery were all done by the best eye surgeon on the planet. I appreciate your positive and professional skills and you truly are "the best".
In Total praise,
Betty S.


November 2013

Dear Dr. Safran,
Thank you for the wonderful surgery you have done on my eyes. I am grateful to have a doctor like you. I also want to thank your staff for being so nice and helpful.
Sincerely,
Jean T.


I know that I made the right choice in having you care for me

I know that you realize how important perfect vision is to me as an eye surgeon, and I appreciate your expertise

June 2013


I'm writing to let you know that I'm getting along beautifully following your recent corneal surgery on my left eye. The healing was rapid, and I'm pleased to report that I've had had no discomfort and am seeing very well. In fact, I was back in the operating room performing eye surgery six days after your procedure without any difficulty. I know that you realize how important perfect vision is to me as an eye surgeon, and I appreciate your expertise. I know personally most of the eye surgeons in the Delaware Valley, and could have chosen any surgeon to operate on me. I know that I made the right choice in having you care for me. I thank you for your skill, diligence and kindness.
With warmest regards,
M.D.


Thank you so much for brightening my life
June 2013


Thank you so much for brightening my life, I am able to see the world with a whole new outlook, thanks to you and your staff.
Ramesh R.



My Sincere thanks to you for your excellent care and kindness
May 2013

Dear Dr. Safran and Staff,
My Sincere thanks to you for your excellent care and kindness to me this past Friday.  While I was upset with the diagnosis, I knew I was in the best of care with you!  How very grateful I am for you and once again I realize how incredible is the gift of sight…may God continue to bless you all as you bless others with your skills and genuine concern.
Donna R.


It is wonderful not having to wear glasses anymore
June 2012

Dear Dr. Safran and Office Ladies,
Just a little something to let you know how much we both appreciate all the years of care you have given us.  It is wonderful not having to wear glasses anymore.
Everyone in the office is always kind, caring, helpful and friendly and it makes it a pleasure to come there.
Thanks again so much for being there for us.
Bill and Mary Ann Y.


May 2011

Dear Dr. Safran,
I cannot find the right words to properly express my thanks to you. You have given me back my vision and my life.
Sincerely,
Anna P.



You are absolutely the best!   Your methods are meticulous!
October 2010

Dear Dr. Safarn,
My quest for good vision started a year ago in Florida when I suffered a torn retina.  After that repair, my vision worsened.
When so many of my friends recommended I see you, I was not sure what to expect.
Well, my quest for good vision is successful!  Thanks to you I have 20/20 vision in my eye!  I can see far away for the first time…and I can read!  WOW!
Thank you… My quest turned out to be a dream come true!  You are absolutely the best!   Your methods are meticulous!  I cannot say enough good things.
Diane D.


We greatly appreciate your excellent medical expertise
October 2009

Dear Dr. Safran,
Thank you very much for taking such good and prompt care of Cecilia’s eye problem.  We greatly appreciate not only your excellent medical expertise but also your personal care and your patience in explaining to us all of the details of the situation.
You are a great doctor!!!  We wish you continued success in helping many more people like you did for us.
Cecilia and Renate G.



I am VERY happy with the surgery and my “new” eyes

November 2011


Hi Dr. Safran:

I am VERY happy with the surgery and my “new” eyes…thank YOU…thank YOU!! You & your entire staff are simply wonderful and I’m thankful you did the surgery! Feel free to use the pictures and as you know, the healing process is not the prettiest, but the end result is terrific!!! Thanks again and continued success.
Sincerely,
Erika



A whole new life for her with great eyesight


We wanted to thank you for the amazing surgeries that you have done for our daughter Jessie. We are so blessed with the results. You have given us the miracle that we could have only dreamed of. We know that this was a very complicated and very uncommon procedure that most would not even attempt on such a young person, but you took it on with so much caring and so much time spent researching and consulting with other top eye surgeons. Words can’t totally express how grateful we are. Jessie is so happy and is looking forward to being able to now drive. She will no longer miss out on seeing everything in school either; it is a whole new life for her with great eyesight.
…so much!
Scott, Robin & Jessie



Magnificent work re-doing botched cataract surgery


Dear Dr. Safran,
This is a heartfelt note of gratitude and appreciation for your magnificent work re-doing the botched cataract surgery I was a victim of when using another surgeon. Anyone else might not have wanted to get involved in such a difficult and demanding surgery. Your superb skill aside, it was your commitment to helping me and making sure my vision was enhanced that made all the difference.I will always be grateful to you that you took on the task of literally “undoing”, and then “redoing” someone else’s mistake.I feel very, very lucky to have you as my doctor, and I am doing quite well with my new implant these days.
With the warmest regards,
Sharon



What is Happening in Our Town
Ewing People, 5/2004 page 5
By Harry Sr.
A dedicated professional who takes pride in his patient’s well being


Recently, I had eye surgery performed by an amazing young man, Dr. Steven G. Safran, MD, PA, Eye Physician and Surgeon. As a result my vision has improved greatly and I was privy to a dedicated professional who takes pride in his patient’s well being. I was impressed not only by his surgical skills, but also his genuine concerns for his family and the compassion he shows for his patients. He was recommended to me by a number of friends who were his patients and, for that, I thank them. And, thank you, Dr. Safran, a credit to the medical profession.
I can’t stop telling everyone about you



I can’t stop telling everyone about you if they need eye care or eye surgery


Dear Dr. Safran
How can I ever thank you enough for what you have done for me. Coming to you, with hardly any sight in my right eye, through another doctor’s careless mistake, you have brought my vision back so much in that eye. Then you operated on my left eye removing the cataract, and it’s perfect. Through the surgery you kept assuring me everything is going as it should and that helped so much after the experience I had before. (If I had only known about you before.) I can’t stop telling everyone about you if they need eye care or eye surgery. It’s so hard to put into words how much I appreciate what you have done for me and can’t thank you enough. “You are the best!” Your staff is so helpful and nice too.
Most sincerely,
Ruth



I could read the print and I cried!


Dr. Safran,
Just a note to say thank you from my family and me for giving me back my vision. I’m sure you know my daughters Kathy and Nancy were following my cataract surgery on March 31st; you told them it had been successful! However it wasn’t until the morning of April 2nd when I picked up my daily paper and I could read the print and I cried! I couldn’t believe it! I am so grateful Dr. Shah suggested I see you. Thank you Dr. Safran, you are the greatest!
Sincerely,
Florence
P.S. I only wished that we met sooner



Thank you for my beautiful eyesight


Dear Dr. Safran:
I’m so sorry it has taken me so long to write this thank-you note. I apologize.Last week, I saw Dr. Desai for an eye exam. When he finished, he pushed his chair back, shook his head and said, “Dr. Safran did a beautiful job on both of your eyes — absolutely perfect.” I wholeheartedly agree and I would recommend you to anyone. I was almost blind in my left eye and now my vision is just about perfect in that eye. I only use glasses now to read. I really cannot believe it because it is almost a miracle for me.Once again, thank you for my beautiful eyesight and please extend my thanks to your entire staff for being so nice to me.
Sincerely,
Gail



The first to sort out my eye issues


Dear Dr. Safran
I just wanted to thank you for all of your time and care yesterday. You are truly brilliant!! You are the first Ophthalmologist in years to ever sort out my eye issues. I thank you and am grateful for your continued care.
Diane



My quest for good vision is successful!

10/2009

Dear Dr. Safran,
Thank you very much for taking such good and prompt care of Cecilia’s eye problem. We greatly appreciate not only your excellent medical expertise but also your personal care and your patience in explaining to us all of the details of the situation.
You are a great doctor!!! We wish you continued success in helping many more people like you did for us.
Cecilia and Renate G.
My quest for good vision is successful!


You are absolutely the best! Your methods are meticulous!

10/2010

Dear Dr. Safarn,
My quest for good vision started a year ago in Florida when I suffered a torn retina. After that repair, my vision worsened.
When so many of my friends recommended I see you, I was not sure what to expect.
Well, my quest for good vision is successful! Thanks to you I have 20/20 vision in my eye! I can see far away for the first time…and I can read! WOW!
Thank you… My quest turned out to be a dream come true! You are absolutely the best! Your methods are meticulous! I cannot say enough good things.
Diane D.



It is wonderful not having to wear glasses anymore
06/2012

Dear Dr. Safran and Office Ladies,
Just a little something to let you know how much we both appreciate all the years of care you have given us. It is wonderful not having to wear glasses anymore.
Everyone in the office is always kind, caring, helpful and friendly and it makes it a pleasure to come there.
Thanks again so much for being there for us.
Bill and Mary Ann Y.



You bless others with your skills and genuine concern
05/2013


Dear Dr. Safran and Staff,
My Sincere thanks to you for your excellent care and kindness to me this past Friday. While I was upset with the diagnosis, I knew I was in the best of care with you! How very grateful I am for you and once again I realize how incredible is the gift of sight…may God continue to bless you all as you bless others with your skills and genuine concern.
Donna R.



Brightening my life
06/2013


Thank you so much for brightening my life, I am able to see the world with a whole new outlook, thanks to you and your staff.
Ramesh R.

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