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Department of Ophthalmology Research

Our department pursues research to develop novel ophthalmic treatments and diagnostic tools.

NYU Langone’s Department of Ophthalmology is home to leaders in the field who focus on basic, clinical, and translational research to advance our knowledge of ophthalmic diseases and improve patient care. The majority of our funding comes from the National Institutes of Health. The department’s research program also receives support from philanthropy and industry, and benefits from an unrestricted grant from Research to Prevent Blindness. Many of our research initiatives involve collaboration with other leading academic institutions. Our trainees, who represent a wide spectrum of career paths, are involved in all aspects of research.

We have numerous areas of current interest:

Through our research programs, our physician–scientists create and discover treatments, techniques, and devices that improve the lives of people with a wide range of ophthalmic conditions.

This fall in Chicago, NYU Langone Health’s researchers and physicians joined the World Cornea Congress VIII followed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, Elisabeth J. Cohen MD, Professor and Chair, is Past President of the Cornea Society and served as one of this year’s three program directors. Below are notable AAO sessions featuring our faculty and trainees.

World Cornea Congress VIII

“How to Image the Opaque Pediatric Cornea”

Speaker: Christina R. Prescott, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Chief of Cornea, and Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

AAO 2022

“Which Endothelial Keratoplasty Should I Choose?”

Ask The Expert: Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, Elisabeth J. Cohen MD, Professor and Chair

“Ocuplastics, Orbit”

Instructor: Irina Belinsky, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

“Managing Ocular Trauma: Point-Counterpoint”

Senior Instructor: Vaidehi S. Dedania, MD, Associate Professor and Program Director, Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship

Instructor: Leela V. Raju, Clinical Associate Professor  

Instructor: Douglas R. Lazzaro, Professor and Vice Chair for Operations and Interim Chief, Bellevue Hospital

“Retina, Vitreous”

Senior Instructor: Vaidehi S. Dedania, MD, Associate Professor and Program Director, Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship

“Neuro-Ophthalmology”

Instructor: Steven I. Galetta, MD, Professor

“Glaucoma”

Presenting Author and Instructor: Joseph F. Panarelli, MD, Associate Professor

Co-author: Dinah Chen, MD, Clinical Instructor

Co-author: Margot Gardin, MD, Postgraduate Year 2 Resident

Co-author and Instructor: Joel S. Schuman, MD, Elaine Langone Professor and Vice Chair for Research

“MicroShunt vs. Trabeculectomy Complete Success Rates by Target IOP: Two-Year Outcomes of a Randomized, Multicenter Study”

Presenting Author: Joseph F. Panarelli, MD, Associate Professor

“Cataract”

Chair, Moderator, and Co-author: Christina R. Prescott, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Chief of Cornea, and Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

“Cornea, External Disease”

Chair and Moderator: Christina R. Prescott, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Chief of Cornea, and Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

Instructor: Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, Elisabeth J. Cohen MD, Professor and Chair

Instructor: Andrea Blitzer, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director, Ophthalmology Residency

Instructor: Himani Goyal, MD Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Service, Woodhull Hospital

“Refractive Surgery”

Chair and Moderator: Christina R. Prescott, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Chief of Cornea, and Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

“Clinical Outcomes from Symptomatic Horseshoe Retinal Tears Following Laser Retinopexy”

Co-Author: Kenneth Wald, MD, Professor and Chief of Retina Service

Ophthalmology Publications

Our experts publish their research findings in top scientific journals.