Elise Leonard Professional Photo_soft edgeDr. Elise Leonard was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from New York University and NYU School of Medicine. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in ophthalmology at Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center, where she was chief resident in ophthalmology. She has been in practice in South Florida since 1982.

She is married to Dr. Arnold Semel, an optometrist in practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida. They have two daughters, Arin and Jessica, both physicians.

Dr. Leonard is very active in the community and is the founder and past president of Women Physicians of South Florida. She has served on the board of directors of Women in Distress and Temple Beth Torah.

Dr. Leonard has many diverse interests. She loves reading and is a member of two book clubs. She also enjoys needlepoint and cross-stitch, as well as crossword puzzles and games, especially word games, and is highly competitive. Dr. Leonard embraces a very active lifestyle, having completed two half-marathons, she also plays tennis and does spinning.

Dr. Leonard is also very adventurous. She has enjoyed parasailing, hot-air ballooning, heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies, paragliding in Switzerland, and, most recently, skydiving.

Professional Experience
Independent Contractor, Wayne F. Bizer, D.O., P.A.
October 1982 – October 1992
Solo Private Practice, November 1992 – 2002
Elise R. Leonard, M.D., LLC, 2002 – present

Education
New York University, B.A., 1974
New York University School of Medicine, M.D., 1978
Internship: Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center 1978 – 1979
Residency: Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center 1979 – 1982

Certification
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1979
Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1985
Board Certified in Cataract and Implant Surgery
American Board of Eye Surgeons, 1995

Associations
Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Women Physicians of South Florida, Founder and Past President
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Florida Medical Association
Broward County Medical Association
American Medical Women’s Association
Women in Ophthalmology
Research to Prevent Blindness

Hospital Affiliations
Foundation for Advanced Eye Care
Plantation General Hospital
Westside Regional Medical Center
Outpatient Surgical Services