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.


Program Leadership

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

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


Clinical Faculty

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Steven Brooks, MD | 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


Program Brochure

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For bulk orders of 10+ brochure copies for your practice waiting room please contact:

Lisa Hark, PhD, RD at or 212-342-4586


Jonas Childrens Vision Care Gallery 


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.

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, CUIMC Department of Ophthalmology 2017 Precision Ophthalmology Annual Conference, Milstein Heart Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY