Dr. Tongalp Tezel Joins the Department as Director of Retina Service

Dr. Tongalp H. Tezel, Professor of Ophthalmology, joins the Department of Ophthalmology to lead our retina service. Dr. Tezel is an internationally known clinician-scientist and a leader in the management of vitreoretinal diseases. He was previously Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and the Kentucky Lions Endowed Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Tezel received his medical degree and initial ophthalmology training in Turkey and Denmark before completing his ophthalmology residency at Washington University School of Medicine. He later trained under Dr. Stanley Chang and received his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery here at Columbia University.

Dr. Tezel is a clinician-scientist whose research laboratory focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms of various retinal diseases. His main research interests include retinal cell transplantation, angiogenesis, pharmacologic vitreolysis, tissue engineering and drug development for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, and has developed several techniques used for tissue engineering and retinal cell replacement therapies.

Dr. Tezel will be seeing patients at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, our Midtown office located at 53rd Street and Third Avenue, and our new Upper West Side office on 15 West 65th Street.

To make an appointment or to refer a patient, please call (212) 305-9535.