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Ophthalmologist to open solo practice March 25 after partnership dissolved

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Nearly three months after Jefferson Eye Surgeons closed, one of its former partners is opening his own ophthalmology practice.

David A. Ewing-Chow M.D. PLLC will open March 25 in the same locations that formerly were known as Jefferson Eye Surgeons and Creative Optical, 6A Fuller St., Alexandria Bay, and 826 Washington St., Watertown.

“My main concern was to continue to provide care to the thousands of patients I’ve had,” Dr. Ewing-Chow said.

About 5,000 patients have been in limbo since Jan. 1, when Jefferson Eye Surgeons closed. Dr. Ewing-Chow and Dr. Gregory N. Joy, another ophthalmologist, began the process of dissolving their partnership. Although Dr. Ewing-Chow said there was a litigation issue, which he wouldn’t comment on, the main reason he has been absent is because it has taken time to establish his solo practice. Starting from scratch with new computers, software systems and phone and Internet services, Dr. Ewing-Chow said his business finally is taking shape.

“Initially, I’ll be the only one, but eventually what I’ll do is add an associate,” he said. “The office staff that was with me in the Jefferson Eye Surgeons partnership are coming with me to the new practice.”

Dr. Ewing-Chow was with Jefferson Eye Surgeons since 1997. He said he always has been in practice with other ophthalmologists, and this is the first time he’s branched out on his own.

“When you’re in a partnership, the main thing is you share expenses,” he said. “Even though you’re in a group, you practice independently.”

Since the partnership dissolved, Dr. Joy relocated to Alabama.

Drs. Ewing-Chow and Joy sent a letter Dec. 1 to their patients informing them of the ophthalmology practice change. According to a voice recording on the old Jefferson Eye Surgeons telephone number, patients who have questions about their medical records can send an inquiry to Jefferson Eye Surgeons LLP, c/o Practice Resources LLC, 1001 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13204.

The Jefferson Eye Surgeons website no longer is functional, and the website for Creative Optical has only the Dec. 1 letter posted.

Although Dr. Joy still is listed as a provider to River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, which rented clinic space to Jefferson Eye Surgeons, River Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ben Moore III said Dr. Joy no longer is working with the hospital. Dr. Ewing-Chow still has privileges there, he said.

Dr. Ewing-Chow said his solo practice will not undergo any physical changes in the old Jefferson Eye Surgeons space, but there will be new paint and carpet for a fresh look. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with time spent in both the Alexandria Bay and Watertown locations.

He will accept new patients soon, once his phone system is installed and a website is developed.

“I’d like to thank the community for having patience during this transition period,” Dr. Ewing-Chow said.

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