Jonas Children's Vision Care


JONAS CHILDREN'S VISION CARE is a first-of-its-kind, integrated effort to prevent and treat blindness and other serious eye disorders in children that will draw upon Columbia Ophthalmology’s many strengths. Those include strong clinical care from infancy throughout life, genetic testing of individuals with eye disease for diagnosis and treatment, the resources of a wide array of laboratories, and the University’s many initiatives in an interdisciplinary field called translational research. In addition, the project will help establish a state-of-the-art pediatric ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging center at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Jonas Children's Vision Care is jointly sponsored by Jonas Philanthropies and the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. 

Jonas Philanthropies - was established in 2005 with monies raised through an auction at Christie’s of a portion of the family’s noted contemporary art collection. Jonas Philanthropies is improving healthcare for the better by investing where it matters most. We address high-need issues and audiences with high-impact solutions: promoting leadership in nursing and veterans healthcare, preventing and treating low vision and blindness, and protecting our children’s environmental health.

Program Brochure (Click the image at left to download the brochure pdf.)
For bulk orders of 10+ brochure copies for your practice waiting room please contact: Lisa Hark, PhD, RD at or 212-342-4586.


Program Leadership

Medical Director - Steven Brooks, MD  | Research Director - Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD 

Administrative Director - Lisa Hark, PhD, RD  | Ophthlamic Genetics Director - Irene H. Maumenee, MD


Clinical Faculty

Pediatric Ophthalmology - Steven Rosenberg, MD | Sonali Talsania | Lauren Yeager, MD | Pamela Gallin, MD 

Pediatric Cornea - Danielle Trief, MD, MSc 

Pediatric Glaucoma - Steven Kane, MD, PhD 

Retina and Genetics - Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD 

Pediatric Retina - Jason Horowitz, MD | Robert Lopez, MD 

Ophthalmic Oncology - Brian Marr, MD 

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Lora Glass, MD 

Optometry and Contact Lens - Shira Kresch, OD | Suzanne Sherman, OD

Jonas Childrens Vision Care Gallery 


Images from the 2017 Jonas Children's Vision Care Ribbon Cutting (l-to-r): 1.) Mr. Donald Jonas speaking,
2.) The Jonas Family with Dr. Jack Cioffi; and 3.) Dr. Stephen Tsang with Mrs. Barbara Jonas and son.

In the Media

 January 10, 2017 - Jonas Gift: A Legacy For Children's Vision, Jonas Center.

September 20, 2017 - The Importance of Getting Your Kids' Vision Checked, U.S. News & World Report.

December 2, 2017 - Jonas Welcome Video, Vooren Productions, Inc., CUIMC Department of Ophthalmology 2017 Precision Ophthalmology Annual Conference.