Dr. Alexander Hatsis graduated with honors from Fordham University and accepted a full scholarship to the prestigious University of Bologna School of Medicine and Surgery where he graduated first in his class. He takes pride in saying that he studied anatomy in the same building as other notable alumni such as Michelangelo and DaVinci while Mozart studied music composition in the 1700's at the Bologna University Conservatory on campus. Following medical school graduation Dr. Hatsis completed two years as a general surgery resident before beginning his ophthalmology training at Nassau County Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Hatsis is the founding member of Long Island Vision Experts/Hatsis Laser Vision. He specializes in Laser Cataract Surgery, and vision correction surgery. After studying LASIK surgery in Bogotá Columbia in the 90’s, Dr. Hatsis became an FDA investigator for LASIK and was the first doctor to perform LASIK on Long Island in 1995. He was the principal FDA investigator for posterior chamber Phakic Implant Lenses and in 1996 was the first doctor in North America to begin using these lenses for people who are not candidates for laser vision correction. In 2007 Dr. Hatsis became the first surgeon on Long Island to treat the progressive corneal disease called keratoconus a with Collagen Cross Linking.
Dr. Hatsis is currently the Senior Attending Surgeon for resident training and the Director of Refractive Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center. He has been teaching senior residents cataract and LASIK surgery for nearly 20 years. In fact, many of Long Island’s well-known LASIK and cataract surgeons were trained by Dr. Hatsis at The Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Hatsis has authored numerous research articles and written several textbook chapters on LASIK and cataract surgery.
In addition to research, patient care and teaching for the past 13 years Dr. Hatsis has been traveling abroad twice a year to provide cataract surgery to the medically underserved people in Central and South America. As a member of the World Cataract Foundation Dr. Hatsis participated as a cataract surgeon on four missions to Ometepec, Mexico where each year hundreds of blind patients wait their turn for sight restoring cataract surgery. As a member of the Volunteer Health Professionals Dr. Hatsis has made 9 missionary cataract trips to Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Last year the volunteer team screened over 1500 patients and operated on over 350 patients in one week. As a member of Surgical Eye Expeditions Dr. Hatsis has performed cataract surgery in Ecuador, Panama, El Salvador and is scheduled to join the cataract team on a mission to Bolivia in February 2014.
Dr. Hatsis also recognizes the need to serve our own community and as a member of the Rockville Centre Lions Club founded the Community Vision Project. He organized a cooperative program to serve the vision needs for local people who have no health care. In recognition of his international and local community work, Dr. Hatsis has been given many awards over the years including being named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the Salvation Army for providing no cost surgery to the medically underserved people of Nassau County.
In 1998 Dr. Hatsis received the Anton Banko award for research in using phakic implant lenses to correct children with severe vision problems. For four straight years his peers have voted him as a Castle Connelly Top Doctor and Dr. Hatsis has been named a top doctor by Newsday for 5 consecutive years. He has was awarded Best Presentation four times at the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery ophthalmology’s annual national meeting and has been recognized as a compassionate doctor by being awarded the Patients Choice Award annually since 2009.
Dr. Hatsis enjoys surfing, scuba diving and riding his stand-up jet ski on the waves off Point Lookout. He swims daily and coached the Massapequa St. Rose Stingray CYO youth swim team for 14 years. He speaks fluent Spanish and Italian and with the help of his associate Dr. Nissirios is relearning his native Greek. He enjoys playing the guitar, the piano and just hanging out with his wife and any one of his six children.