Fred Orlando, M.D.
"I try to treat my patients how I would like to be treated. But I have to remember that they are not all like me...”
- Board Certified in Ophthalmology
- Highly experienced surgeon, having performed over 10,000 procedures
- Practices a broad range of eye care including cataract and laser surgery, medical, and routine exams
- Sub-specialty trained in Glaucoma
Training and Education:
Undergraduate: Fordham University
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Internship: Newton Wellesley Hospital, MA
Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital, NY
Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital, Glaucoma Service, Philadelphia
I grew up in Flushing, NY. My mother and all four grandparents were Italian immigrants. My mother had less than six years of total schooling and my dad became a printer after two years of trade school. My parents were never overbearing in the least about my performance in school, but I somehow was very driven to do well. I graduated first in my class in high school. I then attended Fordham University on a full academic scholarship, and graduated with a 4.0 average. I received my medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
I partially, and indirectly, credit my decision to go into medicine to a high school math teacher. I’ve always been interested in technology and mechanics, and assumed I’d pursue those areas for a career. In senior year of high school, I found calculus to be a lot less intuitive than all my previous math classes. I started to fear that engineering would involve a lot more calculus, and concluded it might not be for me. I rationalized that the human body was the ultimate machine, and took pre-med courses in college so I would have the option for medical school.
Four years of college went quickly, and before I knew it, I was heading to medical school and finding out that more calculus probably wouldn’t have been so bad after all.
In medical school, medicine rotations were intellectually interesting but the ability to really fix things seemed limited.
Surgery appealed to me a lot more, as it really did offer the opportunity to fix problems. Unfortunately, surgical training required more lack of sleep than I judged I could handle. Ophthalmology offered a lot of technology, great opportunities to diagnose and fix problems, and an impressive track record of job satisfaction.
After training, in 1990, I sought and found a less urban environment in Pittsfield, where I’ve been ever since. My work philosophy is to strive to treat people like I’d like to be treated myself. That sometimes includes telling patients I am not the best person to be handling their particular problem. I have to remember that not everyone is like me and that means that not everyone wants to know all the details of their condition. It also means that not everyone wants to minimize treatment and testing. I try hard to treat patients, not eyes.
My proudest achievements are: getting my grandmother to finally get a hearing aid, and succeeding in getting my mom to pass her written driver’s test when I was 10 (after none of the adults who tried could make that happen.) I’m also proud to be a part of the group that formed and designed Berkshire Eye Center; and I’m proud of our highly efficient staff.
My favorite thing in life is spending time with my wife. We are both vegetarians and our “children” are limited to the four-legged kind. I enjoy driving, telling jokes, and I eat more pizza than anyone I’ve ever met.