Dr. Susan Kessler, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 52
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Dr. Susan Kessler, MD
Dr. Susan Kessler, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Schenectady, NY. She is 52 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Dr. Kessler is affiliated with Ellis Hospital.

700 McClellan St Ste 102

Schenectady, NY 12304

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Dr. Susan Kessler, MD

Dr. Susan Kessler, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MultiPlan
  • MVP Health Care
  • 2 More

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Dr. Kessler's Experience

Dr. Kessler's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Hypertropia
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Hole
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Migraine
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Posterior Scleritis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • J & S Weill M C Cornell Univ
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • St Vincent's Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Childrens Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kessler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kessler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kessler to family and friends
based on 34 total reviews (19 with comments)
Dr. Kessler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (19)
in Schenectady, NY |
I moved here from out-of-state & happened onto Dr. Kessler as her practice accepted my out of area insurance. As such, my choice of Dr. Kessler was rather forced but from my first visit in 2013 I realized I was most fortunate to have found her. She has been most attentive to my cataract situation & corrected my pre-surgery vision to an optimal level. She watched over me for 4 years until cataract surgery was in order. The surgery went well. Recovery & continued care have been wonderful.
in Schenectady, NY |
Dr. Kessler is an excellent Ophthalmologist. She explains procedures clearly and takes time to answer your concerns. The office staff is the best. You are treated individually with kindness and understanding. The staff also takes the time to answer your questions, work out your return office visits following surgery and are always pleasant.
in Schenectady, NY |
I have been Dr. Kessler's patient for a number of years. She shows compassion and concern for her patients; is knowledgeable in her field, and thoroughly explains her views of a patient's condition and intervention/ treatment options.
in Ballston lake, ny |
Very professional!
Schenectady, NY |
Very pleased with the results of the two cataract surgeries by Dr Kessler. Office staff was very helpful and professional. Prompt and reasonable office and surgery visits. Top notch and modern equipment. Dr Kessler took the time to notify waiting family members regarding surgery outcome. Would definitely recommend her for any eye surgery.
in schenectady, ny |
Dr. Kessler has been my doctor for many years. Recently had cataract surgery. No longer need glasses or contacts. 20/20 vision thanks to her and her wonderful staff. Couldn't have done better. Thanks again.
in Schenectady, NY |
Dr. Kessler and the surgical team she works with were patient, kind, and skilled in their profession. I was cared for and comforted. I will be going back in six weeks to have cataract surgery on my other eye.
in Schenectady |
Dr. Kessler and her staff are fantastic; just plain nice people. First and foremost, it is a very, very well run office where you aren't sitting around for hours waiting. Dr. Kessler, herself, is great! I am exceptionally nearsighted and I just had my first cataract done. Amazingly, with the use of the newer technology, lenses and her expertise, I now have 20/20 vision in my right eye. Dr. Kessler was just as happy as I was. I couldn't ask for a better doctor!
in Schenectady, NY |
Doctor Kessler performed cataract surgery in both eyes. Both surgeries were very successful. Doctor Kessler and her staff were very professional, friendly and helpful.
in Schoharie, NY |
Have been a patient of Dr. Kessler for close to 6 years. Although I have moved from the Capital Region, I am suffiffiently confident in her insight and skill to drive the hour +for an appointment. She is supported by an efficient and affable staff, who always greet each patient by name. Dr. Kessler always listens and responds to any questions about any procedure. Her matter-of-fact demenor always gives me confidence and helps eradicate any anxiety related to the future of my sight.
Schenectady, NY |
I have been seeing Dr. Kessler for a few years, and recently had cataract surgery. She was very thorough and checked into my medical history extensively prior to the operation. She and her staff are very professional and accommodating. The day of my surgery I was very nervous, and they made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend Dr. Kessler and her practice to anyone.
Schenectady, NY |
I had a very poor experience. She rushed through my examination & follow up appointments without providing explanations as to what she was doing (e.g., putting dye in my eyes). She was dismissive when I asked questions about possible causes for my condition, & provided no patient education about the medications she was prescribing. Most concerning was the fact that she conducted exams with the door open; I could hear every word of her conversation with the patient in the next room.
in Schoharie, NY |
Dr. Kessler performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes. Each time the surgeries went very,very well. She has a great mannerism and takes time to explain all processes leaving no questions on the patients part. Her staff are very efficient, friendly and more than willing to help with any questions or concerns that may arise. I would absolutely recommend she and her staff.
in Schenectady, NY |
I have been a patient of Dr. Kessler's for many years. She has always treated me with respect and caring . I trust her judgement regarding my vision needs, and have never had a complaint about the treatment I have been given for any eye condition I was dealing with. My cataract surgery went very well . Her office staff are some the the best people I have ever dealt with in any doctor's office. Lisa and Kathy will make sure you are seen quickly for a problem that needs immediate treatment .
in Schenectady, NY |
Changed physician because former doctor had patients waiting up to 3 hours for a scheduled appointment. Spent approximately 3 minutes with me and left all the work to be done by technicians without a medical degree. Script for glasses incorrect and could not see. Dr. Kessler's staff very professional and friendly, promptly saw doctor, who performed the examination and completed script herself. Took time to explain eye conditions and remedies. Scheduled a follow-up appointment.
Nassau, NY |
Dr. Kessler is very positive, answered any questions I posed. I am very pleased with the results of both cataract surgeries.
in Schenectady, NY |
I went in to see the Dr. on 6/28/16 with my mother who is a pt. and was having follow-up cataract surgery. Overnight my eye had developed a serious issue, pain & was almost closed due to the lid swelling. I asked the receptionist if I could be seen as my husb and parents were all patients; but I was not. She saw my eye and said we will get you in. I saw Dr. Kessler after a short wait. She diagnosed me with an ulcerated cornea that was tearing. After many visits and drops I can see well again!
in Schenectady, NY |
Dr Kessler is an amazing ophthalmologist. My entire family are patients. She is an extremely thoro, professional and very knowledgable. The staff is friendly, professional and extremely accommodating. I have never had to wait more than 15 mins in the waiting room. Honesly, she is worth waiting for. She cares about her patients. Highly recommend Dr. Kessler for adults and children.
in Schenectady, NY |
Wait time is outrageous Staff is inconsiderate Over books Extremely small waiting room.20+minute wait time after you get in examining room Works like an assembly ling asked to come back when over booked then tries to charge for a no show. waiting room is extremely small most times have to stand up.Told her we were changing Doctors weren't going to put up with the abusive staff and not being able to get a full description on what she was doing. Received a nasty letter from her Do not go there
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Dr. Kessler accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
    Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Community Blue PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
  • PHP-Physicians Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Kessler has admitting privileges

Ellis Hospital
1101 Nott St
Schenectady, NY 12308
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