Dr. Saidel, a comprehensive ophthalmologist, joined the North Bay Eye Medical Staff in 2016. He is board certified in Ophthalmology and specializes in diseases of the cornea, refractive surgery and uveitis. Prior to joining North Bay from 2005-2016, he served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago in addition to treating patients at the University's Medical Center and in private practice.
Dr. Saidel performs state-of-the-art cataract surgery, and advanced technology intraocular lenses including multifocal lenses, and toric lenses for correction of astigmatism. He performs corneal transplants using both traditional and endothelial techniques.
He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and completed a transitional internship at Tucson Medical Center, He completed Ophthalmology Residency training at Tulane University in 2004 and a Fellowship Program in cornea, uveitis and refractive surgery through the University of California San Francisco's Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology in 2005.
Dr. Saidel is widely published and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. His two books, Ophthalmology Review Manual and Review Questions in Ophthalmology, are perennial best sellers. He has received awards for his research both through the American Academy of Ophthalmology and residency programs.
Dedicated to teaching, Dr. Saidel was awarded “Teacher of the Year” twice at the University of Chicago. His instructional courses on complex cataract surgery have been awarded best in class.
Dr. Saidel is married and has two daughters. When not practicing ophthalmology, he enjoys taking his kids cycling and skiing. He is an avid photographer, and a bungling surfer, but enjoys it greatly.
TESTIMONIALS: (extracted from patient surveys)
"Dr. Saidel was timely, warm, friendly and very thorough. I didn't feel rushed and had a great experience. He is extremely knowledgeable. Our community is lucky to have him in Sonoma. I highly recommend this physician." Gretchen Rhude, 2-28-2017
"Dr. Saidel is one of the best eye doctors I've seen. I've had some pretty serious issues with my eyes lately and he's really taken care of me. He's kind, gentle and very professional. I appreciate the staff and the doctors at North Bay Eye." Vivian Weaver, 4-11-2017
"Dr. Saidel and Vanessa worked SO hard to help me explore options for my challenging eyes. I at last got the attention I needed after years of wondering if I had any options. We are so fortunate to have in our area Dr. Saidel's colossal expertise as both practitioner and former professor. I have complete faith in him and appreciate the staff's kindness and efficiency, especially with such a busy practice." Eileen Mullinaux, April 2018