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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Penny Asbell is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Cornea Service and Refractive Surgery Center. She initiated Mount Sinai Medical Center's Lowenstein Foundation Sjogren's Center to provide multi-specialty care for patients with dry eyes and associated systemic problems. Dr. Asbell received her M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, interned in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, then trained as a resident and fellow in Ophthalmology and Immunology at the New York University Medical Center. She went on to a fellowship in Cornea at Louisiana State University Eye Center in New Orleans. She recently received her Executive M.B.A. as valedictorian of the class at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch University of the City University of New York. Dr. Asbell is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and is Past-President of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, now serving as the Editor-In-Chief of Contact Point, CLAO's Resident Journal, and the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration. In addition, she received the National Research Service Award and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Honor Award. She has served as President of Women In Ophthalmology and is now on the advisory committee. Dr. Asbell serves on Mount Sinai's Committee on the Ethical Practices in Research and the New York County Medical Society's Special Committee on Women Physicians. She is a world-renowned educator and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, India, and South America.
Verified Patient Reviews
I waited over 3 hours to see the doctor with no explanation and then when I saw her she rushed me through the appointment, gave me little advice about what I was to do about my dry eye problem except suggesting me over the counter products and a hugely expensive prescription not covered by insurance! No help at all.
Appointment at 8:30am, saw Dr. Asbell for the first time at 11:07am. Great doctor, but unacceptable wait time.
Very friendly and competent.
A couple of days before my scheduled appointment, I received a call stating that I would need to come in earlier because even though I was not a new patient it had been 2 years since my last appointment. Therefore, they needed to do a full eye examination. However, the doctor wasn’t in at the time of the call to confirm. I heard nothing else until the morning of the scheduled appointment stating that I needed to reschedule the appointment. She told me in the future that I should check ‘new patient’ on ZocDoc, if it’s been more than 1 year. My problem with this is that I made the appointment over 2 weeks ago & why did they confirm it in the beginning. Totally unprofessional & not respecting of the patient’s time. I rebooked; however, I am going to call back and cancel the appointment.
Very thorough , highly recommend.
Very through visit to cover all the bases.
She diagnosed my problem and arranged for treatment.
The office was well run. I did not have to wait long to be seen. An assistant did the preliminary evaluation. Dr. Asbell was efficient and professional but also personable. She gave a balanced opinion and answered all of my questions.
Very poorly managed office. Waited over two hours and after my eyes were dialsted was told they had not tested for my prescription!!! Disappointing
Me, my husband and son were all seen on same day. It was a waiting period between tests but it was expected. Staff was very cordial and attentive and explained all the tests that were going to be done and went over each test advising of outcomes. Excellent Dr. and Staff.
I have been going to Dr. Asbell and staff for quite some time since I initially went for a Conductive Keratoplasty procedure in 2004 which I was very happy with. I always find them to be extremely efficient and caring and the operation runs very smoothly. Overall a satisfying experience.
Dr Asbell is great. But the problem was that I had to wait 85 min to see her after I had the preliminary eye tests with the clinicians. She recognizes the problem and is trying to resolve the coordination/timing between the prelims and the final check up with her.
She answered all of our questions with a lot of detail. Highly recommended
Dr.Asbell is excellent but the wait is ridiculous I waited three hours in total. Her assistant Wanda is friendly and professional overall the visit was good but be prepare to spend more than two hours there.
Dr Asbell answered all of our questions and was very helpful and informative.
Very knowledgeable, kind and thorough. Great experience.
The wait is always more than 2 hours, but the doctor and her assistants are always good.
Thorough and detailed exam . Very knowledgable
The wait was long but the doctor and her assistant were excellent.
It was great. She was nice, helpful, and knowledgeable but the waiting time was pretty ridiculous. My appointment was set for 2:30 and I wasn't attended until 4:30 and I was there at 2:00pm. Other than that, she and the staff were excellent.
Overall, a huge waste of my time. Waited over two hours to see the doctor, and was only with her for 5-7 minutes. She immediately referred me to another doctor, and seemed intent on being finished with me very quickly.
Very thorough, professional and friendly.
She was great, but I waited THREE AND A HALF hours.
Too long of a wait
A very positive experience. Would highly recommend.
She's wonderful and caring
The appointment went well. The wait was a little long but I guess with the all of the test that are done it is understandable. The staff were extremely helpful and kind.
very helpful. Lovely woman. But extensive patient history forms should be sent to the home before the visit as most requested information would be in home files. Done at time of visit it is incomplete. Most doctors do this now.
Dr. Asbell was extremely attentive, listened to me and seemed very smart and knowledgable. However, I really could have done without having to see a technician and a medical fellow before getting to her. It was not necessary in my case and it made my time in the office about 2.5 hours long.
When I finally saw the doctor, she was professional. However, I was in the doctor's office for more than 4 hours, just waiting. That amount of time in a doctor's office not being seen is quite extreme.
This may not be the doctor's fault but I had to wait 2.5 hours to be seen for 5 minutes. Would not recommend this clinic. Very inefficient and still working with paper records.
was very good. thanks
except for the long wait time, excellent!
Impressed by thoroughness and professionalism.
Dr. Asbell and her staff provided thorough, kind and attentive care.
I was impressed. I don't think that the long wait was normal. From what I could gather something unusual was going on and had backed everybody up.
it was great everyone was great and professional i was called right away and taken care of one of the most pleasant dr appt i ever had
The Doctor and her staff were thorough and skilled in the different eye test I went through. Ultimately being examined by Dr. Asbell. Professional and curtious as always.
She was very polite, she seemed very concerned about what my concerns were and she listened to what I had to say. She also had good alternatives to what I was already doing.