News About The Newton Free Clinic

Free Clinic News

Heart for Humanity
Atlantic Health System
Heart for Humanity: Newton Physician Brings Free Medical Care to Those in Need

While most physicians dedicate their careers to serving patients, Jeffrey T. Liegner, MD, has dedicated his life to creating healthier communities.  In 2012, Sussex County native Dr. Liegner opened a federally recognized free clinic in downtown Newton — following years of research, community partnership and the solution to a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. “I needed a way for doctors to provide free care without medical liability, so I hunted for an answer and found one,” he said. Read Full Story

Affordable Healthcare
The Star Ledger
Free Clinic: One Doctor’s Prescription for Affordable Healthcare

The Star Ledger featured Dr. Liegner’s Newton Free Medical Clinic, a wonderful contribution to the community and a valuable service to our neighbors and citizens around us. Read Full Story

New Home
New Jersey Herald
Newton Free Clinic Moves to New Home

After operating out of donated space in downtown Newton for the past two years, the Free Clinic Newton will reopen Monday at what, for the first time, will be its own dedicated facility just a few hundred feet from Newton Medical Center.  Read Full Story

New Jersey Herald
Newton Free Clinic Helps Local Mom-to-be

New Jersey Herald | September 2012 ­‐ A young mother-to-be is finding it a lot easier to smile than she has in several weeks, thanks to the free care she has been receiving from a local doctor and dentist who happen to be brothers. Read Full Story

A Novel Approach
A Novel Approach to Charitable Care:  The Newton Free Clinic

David Chang, MD, chief medical editor of EyeWorld magazine, interviewed Dr. Liegner about his Free Clinic initiative after meeting him at an ethics seminar.  See why Dr. Chang says, “This is a remarkable story, and the reasons that he did this are both interesting and inspiring.”

Free Clinic in Newton
New Jersey Herald
Doctor Liegner Brings Free Clinic to Newton

New Jersey Herald | June 2012 ­‐ When a young man with big dreams sat down to write his medical school application essay more than 25 years ago, he described his aspirations of creating a mechanism to provide free care to those who needed it but were unable to pay. Today that dream has become a reality as Dr. Jeffrey Liegner, a native of Newton, officially opens a free clinic in the heart of the town where he was born.  Read Full Story

Other News Stories

Other News

Free Clinic, Front Page NY Times
Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing

Photo: Patients at the Free Clinic in Newton, N.J. Researchers debate whether expanding access to health care will shrink the gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. Experts have long known that rich people generally live longer than poor people. But a growing body of data shows a more disturbing pattern: Despite big advances in medicine, technology and education, the longevity gap between high-income and low-income Americans has been widening sharply.   Read Full Story>>

Dr. Liegner Fellow AACS

Dr. Jeffrey Liegner was invited to apply, and recently accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).  The decision to admit him into the Academy was rendered by a committee of distinguished cosmetic physicians. Read Full Story

Junior Blind of America
Junior Blind
Junior Blind of America Delivered Hope and Support to the Liegner Family

“My wife Jana and I were not prepared for the challenges of raising a child who is blind,” said Dr. Liegner, as he recounted the illness that robbed his son, as a baby, of sight. “We knew Kitts needed support, but we needed guidance and support, too.”  Read more about how Dr. Liegner’s parents sought first to help their grandson, and then transitioned to help others, through the services and support offered by Junior Blind.

Dropless Cataract News For Patients

Dropless News

Dr. Liegner Eliminates Eye Drops
Dr. Liegner Simplifies Cataract Surgery by Eliminating Eye Drops

Less resistance and lower cost for patients are just two of the reasons Dr. Liegner has eliminated the need for eye drops after cataract surgery.  Read how he’s eliminated “drop-resistance” through an innovative surgical technique.

Dropless News For Physicians

Physician News

EyeWorld: Intracameral Antibiotics
EyeWorld: Intracameral antibiotics. Which intracameral antibiotic is best?

EyeWorld Magazine, January 2015

Intracameral antibiotics are probably the most effective antimicrobial approach other than topical povidone iodine, said Bonnie An Henderson, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, and clinical professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. Since the landmark ESCRS Endophthalmitis Study Group’s study was published… Read full article>>

Eyewire Today: Transzonular Injection
Eyewire Today
Sterimedix Introduces a New Transzonular Injection Cannula

Eyewire Today, January 2015

Sterimedix has introduced a new cannula for transzonular injections, according to a company news release. Designed in conjunction with Jeffrey T. Liegner, MD, the cannula is designed for… Read full article>>

Economics of Going Dropless
Ophthalmology Management
The Economics of Going Dropless

Ophthalmology Management, Sep. 2014

Our practice is currently under a barrage of phone calls from confused patients seeking guidance concerning insurance coverage for their perioperative cataract surgery eye drops. The problem is… Read full article>>

*Dr. Cynthia Matossian, who authored this article, received training in the Dropless technique from Dr. Jeffrey Lienger.

The Last Hurdle
The Last Hurdle: Taking Cataract Surgery Dropless

Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, June 2014

If you speak to any cataract surgeon’s staff, you will quickly discover that drops are the bane of their existence. Doctors often mistrust the preservatives used in generic drops, but the copayments on branded medications can be inaccessible for patients. Patients head to the pharmacy on Saturday and spend $200 on a noncovered drop, because they are worried about their Monday morning surgery. They are then irate to have paid that much. Even when cost is not a factor, understanding and compliance are poor… Read full article>>

A Case For Dropless
Ophthalmology Management
A Case for Dropless Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmology Management, May 2014

Dr. Liegner estimates he has safely performed 4,000 cataract operations with the single-injection approach. The advantages of this method, he says, comes down to “The Three Cs” — cost, compliance and convenience… Read full article>>

Advantages with Dropless
Ocular Surgery News
Advantages Plentiful with Dropless Cataract Surgery

Ocular Surgery News, May 2014

Ophthalmic surgeons can expect their cataract patients to complain about the high cost of postop medications. Staff time is lost on brand vs. generic discussions, insurance coverage concerns, frequency and duration of treatment questions, and renewals. Tech resources are devoured in determining exactly which drugs were received and how they are being used because these rarely coincide with the scripts written.

Once Jeff Liegner, MD, of Sparta, N.J., described his technique and special formulation of triamcinolone, moxifloxacin and vancomycin (TriMoxiVanc), I gave it a try. I will never go back to the time sink of postop poly-pharmacopoeia… Read full article>>

Safe Surgery, Glaucoma
Ocular Surgery News
Safe, Effective Surgical Procedure for Glaucoma Patients

Ocular Surgery News, April 2014

While cataract affects about 22 million Americans age 40 years and older, about 10% of this number, approximately 2.3 million
people, are affected also by glaucoma. Lifelong medical treatment of glaucoma, while proven to be effective in the management of
IOP in most cases, carries with it a price tag of progressive compromise and potential damage of the normal homeostasis of the
ocular surface environment, secondary to the addition of chemicals, especially the preservatives in anti-glaucoma agents.

A healthy ocular surface not only contributes to the ocular comfort associated with normal blinking and tear film spreading effect on
the ocular surface by the eyelid windshield wiper effect, it is also a major player in optimal visual acuity. Any deterioration of the
corneal surface translates into suboptimal vision and patient discomfort… Read full article>>

Dropless Cataract Presentation
Dropless™ Cataract Surgery Presentation to the ACOS

February 2014 in Aspen, CO

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ACOS 2014: New Technologies from James Lewis on Vimeo.

Dropless Cataract for Physicians
Dropless™ Cataract Surgery for Physicians

by Dr. James Lewis

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Dropless™ Cataract Surgery for Physicians from James Lewis on Vimeo.