While attending the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dr. Sauer earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, while also completing his pre-medical requirements. There, he was elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society) and graduated with Academic Honors. Dr. Sauer enrolled at The State University of New York- Downstate Medical Center, and earned his medical degree in 1990. He graduated cum laude, was awarded the Longey Prize for Academic Achievement and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
His post-graduate training began at Winthrop-University Hospital where he completed his Internal Medicine Internship. He completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at The New York Medical College, where he was Chief Resident from 1993-4. Dr. Sauer's formal postgraduate training concluded with a Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital from 1994-1995. He became Board Certified in Ophthalmology in 1995.
Prior to his affiliation with the Central New York Eye, Dr. Sauer was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology of Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There he was appointed Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, as well as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. During his tenure there, Dr. Sauer served as Director of the Residency Selection Committee, and Co-Director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Service. As well, he was the department's representative to the Medical Center's Operating Room Committee. Dr. Sauer's commitment to patient care and resident education earned him the Attending of the Year award twice in his four years as a member of the Ophthalmology Department.
Dr. Sauer began his practice with The Central New York Eye in October, 2000. He has over 10 years of clinical experience in all areas of Pediatric Ophthalmology, General Ophthalmology and Strabismus. His particular areas of interest include pediatric and adult strabismus surgery (surgery for eye muscle disorders) and pediatric cataract surgery. Despite a very busy pediatric practice, Dr. Sauer continues to practice "Ophthalmology for all ages" and he has extensive experience, including advanced cataract surgery.
Dr. Sauer is the Chairman of the Division of Ophthalmology at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is also on active medical staff with Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the New York State Medical and Ophthalmological Societies as well as the Dutchess County Medical Society.
In his spare time, he is an avid golfer, skier and a very proud parent of twin girls.
Dr. David M. Witzel