Our Providers

Stephen H. Tsang, MD, PhD
  • Laszlo T. Bito Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Stephen H. Tsang, <span>MD, PhD</span>

Stephen H. Tsang, M.D, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized clinician and geneticist specializing in the treatment of retinal disorders.

Dr. Tsang graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where he began his medical genetics training under the tutelage of Professor Victor A. McKusick. He received his M.D.-Ph.D. degrees from the NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Columbia University. Dr. Tsang then completed his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute/UCLA, followed by studies with Professors Alan C. Bird, and Anthony T. Moore on improving the care of individuals with macular degenerations.

Dr. Tsang has been a member of the Fight-For-Sight grant-in-aid review panel for the last eight years. In his New York State supported stem cell program (N09G-302), he is examining embryonic stem (ES) cells to model and replace diseased human retinal cells. His contributions were recognized by the 2005 Bernard Becker Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology's Research to Prevent Blindness Award. Dr. Tsang also participates in resident teaching and had been the Columbia ophthalmology basic science course director. He is a member of the Macula Society.

He has produced a highly impressive body of work that spans fundamental basic science and to the biochemical and genetic basis of retinitis pigmentosa to preclinical trials for gene therapy to treat the disease. He has published on biochemistry and physiology of phosphodiesterase, and was the first to generate genetically modified mouse model for RP, which he then used to develop gene therapy approaches that successfully repaired the photoreceptors. This approach is now ready for trials in RP patients. In addition, he has generated retinal cells from patients’ skin and used them in regenerative medicine therapies. Many of his publications are in top rated general interest journals since as Science and PNAS, which attests to the broad impact that his work has had.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer Care
  • Skin Pigmentation Disorder
  • Retinal Disease
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Marfan's Syndrome
  • Retinopathy
  • Loss of Vision
  • Unexplained Vision Loss
  • Vitreoretinal Disorder
  • Retinal Vascular Disorders
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retina Degeneration
  • Retinal Bleeding
  • Retina Tear
  • Retina Hole
  • Retina Disorder

    Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: New York Hospital Queens
  • Residency: UCLA - Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • Fellowship: Moorfields Eye Hospital, London


  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    Floor: 5
    New York, NY 10032
    (212) 305-9535
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-5293

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Amida Care
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • MagnaCare
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Multiplan
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 Best Doctors in America List
  • 2013 Dr. Bradley Straatsma Lecturer, UCLA
  • 2012 ARVO/Genentech Translational AMD Research Award
  • 2012 ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology)/Pfizer Carl Camras Translational Research Award
  • 2010 Keynote Speaker, GTCbio 2nd Annual Ocular Diseases & Drug Discovery conference, May 28, 2010
  • 2009 Patients' Choice Award for 2008
  • 2009 Elected to Macula Society
  • 2008,09 Listed as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • 2008 Teacher Recognition Award
  • 2007 Charles E. Culpeper Prize
  • 2006 Dr. Isaac Bekhor Lecturer, Doheny Eye Institute at University of Southern California (9/29)
  • 2006 ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician Scientist Award
  • 2005 Becker-AUPO-RPB Award
  • 2004 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award, American Geriatrics Society
  • 2003 RPB Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Resident Award
  • 2003 Nesburn Resident Award
  • 2003 Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences
  • 2000 RPB-Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO) Resident Award
  • 2000 Jules Stein Eye Institute Research Award
  • 1998 John Lattimer Award in Urology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • 1998 Edith McKane Award in Ophthalmology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • 1997 Travel Grant, European Students’ Conference at the Charité in Berlin
  • 1997 Dr. Alfred Steiner Award for Best Medical Student Research, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • 1997 Best Overall Presentation at Eastern Student Research Forum sponsored by American Medical Association and the University of Miami
  • 1996 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University
  • 1996 ACGA Student Award, presented at the ASHG Meeting
  • 1995 ARVO/National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship Grant for the 1995 ARVO meeting
  • 1989-1997 NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences Medical Scientist Training Program: MSTP fellowship PHS Grant # T32 GM 073667-14
  • 1989 Recipient of Student Activities Award, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1989 Graduate with Departmental Honors
  • 1988-1989 Dean’s List, The Johns Hopkins University
  • 1988-1989 Alpha Epsilon Delta, National Premedical Honor Society, Maryland Alpha (Historian)