May 18, 2015

Nashoba Valley Medical Center Opens New Eye Care Institute and Welcomes Retina Surgeon Dr. Gisela Velez

Now residents have access to the most sophisticated retinal surgery services available in the region, as well as the latest advancements in cataract surgery and other eye care procedures

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) has expanded its ophthalmic surgery services and recently welcomed Dr. Gisela Velez, a highly skilled retina surgeon, to the medical staff. Velez is the only retina surgeon practicing in Nashoba Valley and joins Ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Brusie in performing eye surgery for patients at NVMC’s new Eye Care Institute.

In addition to welcoming Velez, the Eye Care Institute acquired the latest in ophthalmic technology with its purchase of the OPMI LUMERA 700 Surgical Microscope, as well as the Alcon Constellation Vitrectomy System.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center is the only hospital in the region able to offer patients retina procedures, right in their own community. At the beginning of March 2015, Velez, who also practices at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Saint Vincent Hospital, performed the first retina surgery at the hospital using these new state-of-the-art instruments.

“By acquiring this highly sophisticated equipment, Nashoba Valley Medical Center is now the only hospital in the area that can offer retina surgery services,” said Velez. “The cutting-edge microscope and top-of-the-line vitrectomy system enables us to offer our patients world class retina surgical procedures, including retinal detachment and repair, surgery to clear hemorrhages from diabetes complications, and repair of the macular membrane, right in their own backyard.”

The benefits to patients having a procedure performed with the use of the OPMI LUMERA 700 Surgical Microscope and the Constellation Vitrectomy System at the Eye Care Institute include: maximum patient safety; perfect visualization of the eye; better surgical control; smaller incisions; and increased patient comfort.

“At Nashoba’s Eye Care Institute, our patients are receiving the best in technology as this equipment is considered to be the finest optics in the world,” said Brusie. “Having performed over 3,000 cataract procedures at Nashoba, this latest technology allows me to give my patients world class care close to home.”

For more information about services provided at Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Eye Care Institute, visit To schedule an appointment with Velez or Brusie, call 978-784-9990.

About Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was awarded an A, the highest grade possible, in hospital safety by Leapfrog, and recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at