Physicians

Dr. Colleen Halfpenny, M.D. 

 Comprehensive Ophthalmology 
  Cornea, Refractive Surgery and Uveitis 

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Dr. Halfpenny attended both undergraduate and medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, chosen to serve as Chief Resident in her final year. She then completed a unique fellowship in Cornea, External disease and Refractive Surgery together with Uveitis at The FI Proctor Foundation/UCSF. Dr. Halfpenny returned to the Philadelphia area in 2009 to be closer to family and join others from the Wills Eye family in practice. She has been a part of Valley Eye Professionals as well as an active staff member of Wills Eye and Holy Redeemer Hospitals since 2009.

Background  

 
Georgetown University 
Washington, DC 
(Bachelor of Science | Medical Doctor Degree) 
 
Wills Eye Hospital 
Philadelphia, PA 
(Residency | Co-Chief Resident) 
 
F.I. Proctor Foundation and University of California 
San Francisco, CA 
(Fellowship in Cornea, Refractive Surgery,
and Uveitis) 
 
Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine 
Philadelphia, PA 
(Assistant Professor Department of
Ophthalmology, Current) 
 
Wills Eye Hospital 
Philadelphia, PA 
(Teaching Staff of the Cornea Service, Current) 
 
Holy Redeemer Hospital 
Meadowbrook, PA 
(Lecturer on Diabetic Eye Health, Current) 
 
Achievements 
 
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society 
 
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society 
 
 

Dr Halfpenny enjoys being able to provide comprehensive surgical and medical care to multiple generations…from youth to the elderly. She cherishes that ophthalmology allows her to know her patients over decades. She also enjoys teaching the next generation of physicians and ophthalmologists. In addition to being an active clinical and surgical instructor at Wills Eye, she serves as a mentor to recent medical school graduates from Georgetown as well as being a surgical mentor to a senior Wills Eye resident.

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Dr. Jody Piltz-Seymour, M.D. 

 Comprehensive Ophthalmology 
  Glaucoma and Cataracts 

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Dr. Jody Piltz-Seymour has provided university-level, subspecialty glaucoma and cataract care throughout the Philadelphia region for more than 30 years.  Dr. Piltz-Seymour is director of the Glaucoma Care Center at Valley Eye Professionals, is a member of the Glaucoma Service of the Wills Eye Hospital and is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She served as the Director of Glaucoma Services at the Scheie Eye Institute/University of Pennsylvania for 15 years where she established and directed the glaucoma fellowship. As a clinical researcher throughout her career, she has been the principal investigator of pivotal glaucoma trials. Dr. Piltz-Seymour has numerous leadership roles in national and international organizations including the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the World Glaucoma Congress, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Traveling with Orbis, Unite for Sight, and the Wills Eye Hospital initiative in Rwanda, Dr. Piltz-Seymour has worked with international physicians to advance glaucoma care in the developing world, including in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Vietnam. Her achievements have been recognized in the numerous awards and honors she has received.

Background  
 
Tufts University 
Medford, MA 
(Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1976-1980) 
 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center 
Bronx, NY 
(Medical Doctor Degree, 1980-1984) 
(Residency in Ophthalmology, 1986-1989 | Chief Resident 1988-1989) 
 
Department of Ophthalmology, The University of British Columbia 
Vancouver, British Columbia 
(Fellowship in Glaucoma, 1989-1990) 
 
Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelpha, PA 
(Director of Glaucoma Services, 1990-2004) 
 
Glaucoma Care Center, Keystone Eye Associates 
Philadelpha, PA 
(Medical Director, 2004-2008) 

Achievements 
 
Best Doctors in America,  
2016-Current 
 
Patient Choice Award,  
2012-2013 
 
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology,  
2018 
 
Castle Connolly Top Docs Philadelphia Magazine,  
2018, 2019, 2020 

“As a university affiliated glaucoma specialist and cataract surgeon, I strive to bring expert and compassionate eye care throughout the region.  It is vitally important to individualize care for each patient’s needs by understanding each patient’s story—their concerns, lifestyle, and goals. I incorporate the newest diagnostic technologies and cutting-edge surgical advances including the new minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries, to bring you the most current care available. My goal is to develop a caring relationship based on mutual respect where we work together to make important decisions as a team.  Welcome to our practice and I assure you that you will be treated with kindness, skill and respect.”

Dr. Alessandra Intili, M.D. 

 Comprehensive Ophthalmology 
  Oculoplastics

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Dr. Intili was born in New Jersey but raised in Italy until age five, when she moved back to the United States. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in English and Biology from Lehigh University, and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. While at Georgetown, she received the award for Outstanding Medical Student Performance in the Department of Ophthalmology. She went on to complete her Ophthalmology Residency at Wills Eye Hospital, where she was mentored by some of the best minds in ophthalmology, including the other doctors of Valley Eye. She completed the Wills Eye Academic Global Ophthalmology Fellowship with a focus on Oculoplastics. She also served as the Co-Fellowship Director for the Academic Global Ophthalmology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital from 2016 until 2020. 

  She remains a faculty member at Wills Eye Hospital and an associate professor at Jefferson Hospital, where she continues to surgically and clinically mentor Ophthalmology residents in the most complex forms of cataract extraction. She remains actively involved with global ophthalmology community as a faculty member of the Academic Global Ophthalmology Department at Wills.  She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology. 

Background  
 
Lehigh University 
Bethlehem, PA 
(Bachelor of Science in Biology | Bachelor of Arts in English) 
 
Georgetown University of Medicine 
Washington, D.C. 
(Medical Doctor Degree) 
 
Residency: 
Wills Eye Hospital 
Philadelphia, PA 
 
Fellowship: 
Wills Eye Hospital 
Philadelphia, PA 
Academic Global Ophthalmology with focus on Oculoplastic and manual small incision cataract surgery 
 
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 
Philadelphia, PA 
(Associate Professor, Current) 
 
Achievements 
 
Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology  
Holy Redeemer Hospital 2020-Current 
 
Fellowship Co-director 
Academic Global Ophthalmology 2016-2020 
Wills Eye Hospital 
 
Best Resident Paper at American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2015 
 
Award for Outstanding Medical Student 2011 

Dr. Intili is dedicated in her pursuit to grant her patients a greater quality of life. Her interests in writing, travel and photography are displayed on her blog, written during her travels in 2015:  https://academicglobalophthalmology.tumblr.com

Dr. Frank Chin, MD 

 Comprehensive Ophthalmology 
  Glaucoma and Cataracts 

Chin Frank Photo Dr. Frank Chin, MD completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Stony Brook University and completed his medical degree at Zucker School of Medicine in New York. After earning his medical degree, he completed his residency at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he was also named Chief Resident his final year.  

Dr. Chin followed this with completing his Fellowship in Glaucoma at Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chin is an active member of the American Glaucoma Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Medical Association.  

Background  

Stony Brook University 
Stony Brook, NY 
(Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2007-2011) 
 
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 
Hempstead, NY 
(Medical Doctor Degree, 2012-2016) 
 
The George-Washington University 
Washington, DC 
(Residency in Ophthalmology, 2017-2020 |
Chief Resident, 2019-2020) 
 
Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, PA 
(Fellowship in Glaucoma, 2020-2021) 
 
Achievements 
 
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. 2015 
 
Best Resident Research Presentation, 2019 
IOP Lowering Effect of SLT on Phakic and
Pseudophakic Eyes: A Retrospective Chart Review” 
 

Dr. Chin has a strong interest in detecting, curing and preventing eye diseases through the use of early detection and dedicated care. 

Dr. David DiFranceisco, O.D. 

 Comprehensive Optometry 
  Primary Eye Care, Refractions, Retinal Disorders 

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Dr. David DiFranceisco completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Villanova University in 1981 and his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 1986. He completed his internship programs at The Eye Institute of PCO at Salus University, Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix Hospital in Lakehurst, NJ, and the Lynch Pediatric Unit at The Eye Institute. Dr. DiFranceisco continued his training with a residency program at Rhode Island Group Health in Newport, RI from 1986-89.

In private practice in various multidisciplinary settings since 1986, Dr. DiFranceisco has been with Valley Eye Professionals since it’s inception in 2006. Dr. DiFranceisco is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. He has vast experience working in primary eye care and contact lenses. He enjoys treating and managing ocular surface disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal disorders

Background  
 
Villanova University 
Villanova, PA 
(Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1977-1981)
 
Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 
Elkins Park, PA 
(Doctor of Optometry Degree, 1982-1986)
 
Rhode Island Group Health 
Newport, RI 
(Residency in Optometry Program, 1986-1989) 
 
Private Practice 
(Multidisciplinary, 1986-2006) 
 
Achievements 

Published as an undergraduate at Villanova University 
Journal of Toxicology, “ The Effects of Trichloroethylene on Chicken Embryo Development.”, 1981-82. 

SOSH (Students in Optometric Service to Humanity) at PCO/Salus University, 85-86.

Dr. DiFranceisco enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife Elizabeth and three children.

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