Dr. Witzel graduated from Princeton University, completing his pre-medical requirements and majoring in History, in 1987. After college, he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. While in Africa, he decided that upon his return to the United States, he would obtain joint degrees in medicine and public health. He received his masters degree in public health from Columbia University in 1993 and then completed his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1997. While in medical school, he was awarded the McGraw-Hill Book Award for being first in his medical school class of 176 students and then was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society for academic excellence. Following an internship year in Internal Medicine, he returned to Albert Einstein for his Ophthalmology residency, graduating in 2001. In his final year of residency, he was elected Chief Administrative Resident. After residency, he pursued further studies by completing a fellowship in glaucoma at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Manhattan Eye Ear Throat Hospital.
Since 2002, he has worked as a clinical instructor at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, teaching the residents in their general and glaucoma clinics. In 2005, Dr. Witzel was honored to receive one of the coveted teaching awards given to the faculty. He continues to teach one day per week as a sign of his commitment to the training of future ophthalmologists.
Dr. Witzel joined the staff of Central New York Eye in 2005 as a board certified ophthalmologist. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New York State Ophthalmological Society, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Dutchess County Medical Society, and the New York Glaucoma Society. He sees patients with both general eye problems and those with glaucoma. He is well trained in both the medical and surgical management of patients with glaucoma and receives referrals from other eye care professionals who want Dr. Witzel to offer his expertise in how best to treat patients with glaucoma.