Our Providers

Stephen L. Trokel, MD
  • Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Stephen L. Trokel, <span>MD</span>

Widely regarded as the first ophthalmologist to recognize the significance of the excimer laser for use in corneal refractive surgery, Dr. Stephen Trokel's vision and exhaustive research has made laser vision correction a realistic alternative to glasses and contacts for millions worldwide. Today, he remains an innovator working closely with VISX, Inc. to further develop and implement new technology.

Dr. Trokel graduated from Cornell University with a degree in physics and subsequently received his master's degree in radiation biology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester, New York. After completing his residency at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and at Columbia's Edward Harkness Eye Institute, Dr. Trokel received a Doctor of Medical Science degree in Ophthalmology-Physiology, also from Columbia.

Dr. Trokel is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is a member of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. In 1999, he was nominated by over 30,000 of his peers as one of the 20th century most influential ophthalmologists.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Laser Surgery
  • General Ophthalmology
  • 3D Ultrasound
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Ruby Laser
  • Laser Vision Correction Surgery
  • Dry Eyes
  • Thyroid Disease

Languages Spoken

  • French

    Education & Training

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Internship: Montefiore Hospital
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY

Locations

  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    Flanzer Suite
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (212) 326-3313
  • CD Third Avenue Office

    880 Third Avenue
    Floor: 2
    New York, NY 10022
    Phone:
    (212) 305-9535
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (212) 326-3313
  • ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology

    15 West 65th Street
    Floor: 1
    New York, NY 10023
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (212) 342-3932

Practices And Centers

  • Ophthalmology

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

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

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • AmeriHealth [HMO]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, 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), Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • POMCO [POMCO]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Patents

  • Laser Surgery Method
  • Laser Shaping of Ocular Surfaces Using Collagen Gel
  • Infrared Laser Systems for Surgical Purposes Employing Compound Fiber Probe
  • A Device to Measure Visual Function Under Conditions that Simulate Nighttime Illumination

Honors & Awards

2010 Rank Prize Royal College of Medicine

2006 Keynote Speaker ASLMS

2003 Casebeer Award

1998 ISRS Barraquer Award

1993 Stephen L. Trokel Award for Laser Research (Alcon Laboratories)

1991 ASCRS Binkhorst, Award

1989 AAO Senior Honor Award

1975 AAO Honor Award