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. 


About Jonas Philanthropies

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.


The Jonas Program Team

Steven Brooks, MD - Medical Director 

Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD - Research Director

Lisa Hark, PhD, RD - Administrative Director

Irene H. Maumenee - Ophthlamic Genetics Director



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.




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