Michael Kazim, MD
Michael Kazim, MD

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Surgery

Dr. Kazim is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Surgery at the Harkness Eye Institute – Columbia University Medical Center. He completed medical school, an internship in General Surgery and residency in Ophthalmology at Columbia before moving to University of Pennsylvania- Scheie Eye Institute/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for fellowship training in Oculoplastic Surgery and Craniofacial Ophthalmology. He then took a second fellowship in Pittsburgh in Orbital Surgery and Neuro-ophthalmology. He subsequently returned to the Harkness Eye Institute where he has practiced since 1990. Dr Kazim is world recognized for his work in the field of orbital disease including the management of complex orbital tumors and Thyroid Eye Disease. He is a member of the International Orbit Society, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(ASOPRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO), American College of Surgeons and is a founding member and first President of the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society(ITEDS). ITEDS fosters clinical research and patient education in he field of Thyroid Eye Disease. He is currently the chief investigator for several clinical studies for Thyroid Eye Disease. He has published over 100 article and book chapters, and is an editor or reviewer for a dozen peer-review journals. His clinical interests have fostered the development of multiple new surgical procedures and devices. He annually trains ASOPRS national and international fellows as well as nine Harkness ophthalmology residents. His enthusiasm for teaching has earned him the Departmental Teaching award on two occasions, AAO teaching recognition, and invitations to speak at over 200 national and international conferences, universities and hospitals.

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Orbital Tumors
  • Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Adult and Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Trauma

Education and Training

  • Columbia University – BA
  • Columbia University – MD
  • Internship – General Surgery – Columbia University
  • Residency – Ophthalmology – Columbia University
  • Fellowship – Oculoplastic Surgery – University of Pennsylvania/Scheie Eye Institute/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fellowship – Orbital Surgery and Neuro-ophthalmology – Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh


Edward S Harkness Eye Institute
635 west 165th Street
New York NY 10032

178 East 71st Street
New York NY 10021


  • Medicare

Honors and Awards

  • Best Doctors New York
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Super Docs
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology – Senior achievement award
  • Lester Jones Surgical Anatomy Award – ASOPRS
  • Harness Eye Institute – Best Teacher Award


  1. Trokel SL, Moore S, Kazim M. Strabismic Diplopia in Graves' Disease. Am. Orthoptic J. 38:159-67, 1987.
  2. Weber C, Jicha D, Kazim M, et al. Passage of Somatostatin Analogue Across Human and Mouse Skin. Surgery 102: 974-81, 1987.
  3. Katowitz JA, Kazim M. Three-flap technique for the Reconstruction of the Medial Canthal Region. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive. Surgery. 6 (4): 283-294, 1990.
  4. Moolchandani J, Kazim M, Farber M, Katowitz JA. Eyelid Lipoid Granuloma Following Topical Ointment Application. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  5. 6: 133-5, 1990.
  6. * Kazim M, Trokel SL, Moore S. Treatment of Acute Graves Orbitopathy. Ophthalmology 98: 1444-48, 1991.
  7. * Kazim M, Kennerdell JS. Elevated Intraocular Pressure and Dysthyroid Orbitopathy. Orbit. 10 (4): 211-15, 1991.
  8. * Kazim M, Kennerdell JS, Maroon J, Rothfus W, Marquardt M. Choristoma of the Optic Nerve and Chiasm. Arch. Ophthalmology. 110: 236-38, 1992.
  9. Raikow RB, Tyutyunikov A, Kennerdell J, Kazim, M et al. Correlation of Serum Immunoglobulin E Elevations with Clinical Stages of Dysthyroid Orbitopathy. Ophthalmology, 99 (3): 361-65,1992.
  10. Tyutyunikov A, Raikow R, Kennerdell JS, Kazim M, et al. Re-Examination of Peripheral Blood T-Cell Subsets in Dysthyroid Orbitopathy. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 33(7):2299-2303,1992.
  11. * Kazim M, Katowitz JS, Piest K. Evaluation of a Collagen Hydroxylapatite Implant for Orbital Reconstructive Surgery. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 8(2):94- 108,1992.
  12. * Kazim M, Kennerdell JS, Rothfus W. Orbital Lymphangioma; Correlations of Magnetic Resonance Images of Intraoperative Findings. Ophthalmology. 99: 1588-1594, 1992.
  13. Babury R, Greenebaum E, Chadburn A, Knowles D, Kazim M. Utility of Immunophenotypic Analysis in Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Lymphoid Lesions of the Orbit. Acta Cytologic. 36(4): 637, 1992
  14. Trokel S, Kazim M, Moore S. Orbital Fat Removal - Decompression for Graves Orbitopathy. Ophthalmology 100(5):674-682,1993.
  15. * Braunstein RE, Kazim M, Schubert HD. Endoscopy and Biopsy of the Orbit. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1995:11;269-272.
  16. Shayegani A, MacFarlane D, Kazim M, Grossman ME. Streptococcal Gangrene of the Eyelids and Orbit. Amer. J. Ophthalmology 1995:120;784-792.
  17. Liu, GT, Heher KL, Katowitz JA, Kazim M et al. Prominent Proptosis Associated with Thyroid Eye Disease in Childhood Thyroid Eye Disease.Ophthalmology 1996:103(5);779-784.
  18. Shayegani A, Odel JG, Kazim M, Hall LS, Bamford N, Schubert H. Varicella-zoster Retrobulbar optic neuritis in a patient with Human Immunodeficiency Virus. American Journal of Ophthalmology 1996:122(4)586-8.
  19. Peele KA, Kennerdell JS, Maroon JC, Kazim M, et al. The Role of Post-Operative Irradiation in the Management of Sphenoid Wing Meningiomas: A preliminary report.Ophthalmology 1996; 103:1761-66.
  20. Fay AM, Kane SA, Kazim M, Millar WS, Odel JG: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Optic Perineuritis. Journal of Neuro Ophthalmology. 17 (4) 247-9, 1997.
  21. *Facciani JM, Kazim M. Absence of Seasonal Variation in Graves’ Disease. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2000, 16(1)67-71
  22. * Kazim M, Trokel S, Acaroglu G. Reversal of Dysthyroid Optic Neuropathy Following Orbital Fat Decompression. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 2000; 84 600-605.
  23. * Kazim M, Goldberg RA, Smith TJ. Insights Into the Pathogenesis of Thyroid-Associated Orbitopathy. Arch Ophthalmology. 2002;120(3)380-386.
  24. * Giaconi JA, Kazim M, Rho T, Pfaff C. CT Evidence of Dysthyroid optic Neuropathy. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2002; 18(3)177-182.
  25. * Kazim M. Radiotherapy for Graves Orbitopathy: The Columbia University Experience. Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. 2002; 18(3)173-174.
  26. Airiani S, Braunstein RE, Kazim M, Schrier A, Auran JD, Srinivasan BD. Tegaderm Transplant Dressing (3M) for the Treatment of Chronic Exposure Keratopathy. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2003 Jan;19(1):75-6.m
  27. * Kacker A, Kazim M, Murphy M, Trokel S, Close L. “Balanced orbital decompression for severe Graves’ orbitopathy: Technique with treatment algorithm. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Feb. 2003, Vol. 128, Number 2.
  28. 27. Pieroth L, Winterkorn JM, Schubert H, Millar WS, Kazim M. Concurrent sino-orbital aspergillosis and cerebral nocardiosis. J Neuroophthalmol 2004;24:135-7.
  29. Adams AB, Kazim M, Lehman TJ. Treatment of orbital myositis with adalimumab (Humira). J Rheumatol 2005;32:1374-5.
  30. Tsirbas A, Kazim M, Close L. Endoscopic approach to orbital apex lesions. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2005;21:271-5.
  31. Levin F, Kazim M, Smith TJ, Marcovici E. Rosiglitazone-induced proptosis. Arch Ophthalmol 2005;123:119-21.
  32. D’Ambrosio AL, Williams SC, Spicer G, Kazim M et al. Clinicopathological review: giant cell reparative granuloma of the orbit. Neurosurgery 4: 773-778. 2005.
  33. 33. Kim BJ, Kazim M. Bilateral Symmetrical Epibubar Osseous Choristoma. Ophthalmology 113:456-458.2006
  34. Sivak-Callcott J, Rootman J, Rasmussen S, Kazim M, et al. Adult Xanthogranulomatous Disease of the Orbit and Ocular Adnexa: New Immunohistochemical Findings and Clinical Review. British Journal of Ophthalmology 90:602-608.2006.
  35. Looi A, Kazim M, Cortes M, Rootman J. Orbital Reconstruction After Eyelid and Conjunctiva-Sparing Orbital Exenteration. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2006 May-June 22 (3):1-6.
  36. Walrath JD, Kazim M. Compressed helium injury to the orbit resulting in pneumocephalus. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2006 May-June;22(3):234-5.
  37. Airiani S, Braunstein RE, Kazim M, et al. “Tegaderm Transparent Dressing (3M) for the Treatment of Chronic Exposure Keratopathy” Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.2006 May-June;22(3):236.
  38. Kim SJ, Kim BJ, Lee HB, Tsirbas A, Kazim M. Thyroid associated orbitopathy following periocular surgery. Korean J Ophthalmol. 2006 Jun;20(2):82-6.
  39. Kim BJ, Kazim M. Prominent premalar and cheek swelling: a sign of thyroid-associated orbitopathy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Nov-Dec;22(6):457-60.
  40. Ahmad SM, Tsirbas A, Kazim M. Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour of the orbit in a 7-year-old child. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2007 Mar;35(2):160-2.
  41. Walrath JD, Lelli GJ Jr, Engelbert M, Kazim M. Metastatic endometrial carcinoma resulting in orbital apex compression. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 May-Jun;23(3):250-1.
  42. Shih CY, Mirchandani G, Kazim M. Atypical MRI features of intraorbital metastatic melanoma. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jul-Aug;23(4):335-6.
  43. Zoumalman CI, Cockerham KP, Turbin RE, Volpe NJ, Kazim M, Douglas RS, Feldon SE. Efficacy of corticosteroids and external beam radiation in the management of moderate to severe thyroid eye disease. J Neuroophthalmol. 2007 Sep;27(3):205-14.
  44. Sokol JA, Baron E, Lantos G, Kazim M. Orbital compression syndrome in sickle cell disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May-Jun;24(3):181-4.
  45. Hankinson TC, Ogden AT, Canoll P, Garvin JH, Kazim M, Bruce JN, Feldstein NA, Anderson RC. Intraorbital and intracranial soft-tissue glomus tumor in an 8-year-old child. Case report. J Neurosurg Pediatrics. 2008 May;1(5):389-91.
  46. Dubin MR, Tabaee A, Scruggs JT, Kazim M, Close LG.Image-guided endoscopic orbital decompression. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Mar;117(3):177-85.
  47. Walrath JD, Engelbert M, Kazim M. Magnetic resonance imaging evidence of optic nerve glioma progression into and beyond the optic chiasm.. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Nov-Dec;24(6):473-5.
  48. Sokol JA, Baron E, Lantos G, Kazim M. Orbital compression syndrome in sickle cell disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May-Jun;24(3):181-4.
  49. Sokol JA, Kazim M, Kelly KM, Lantos G, Leung LS, Baron E. Adult orbital langerhans cell histiocytosis with frontal bone involvement. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Mar-Apr;25(2):157-8.
  50. Gurung B, Kazim M, Lelli GJ, Walrath J. Perineural Spread of Distant Squamous Cell Carcinoma to the Orbit: A Case Report and Review. Open Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery, 2009, 2, 1-3
  51. Douglas RS, Tsirbas A, Gordon M, Lee D, Khadavi N, Garneau HC, Goldberg RA, Cahill K, Dolman PJ, Elner V, Feldon S, Lucarelli M, Uddin J, Kazim M, Smith TJ, Khanna D; International Thyroid Eye Disease Society. Development of criteria for evaluating clinical response in thyroid eye disease using a modified Delphi technique. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Sep;127(9):1155-60.
  52. Lelli GJ Jr, Duong JK, Kazim M. Levator excursion as a predictor of both eyelid lag and lagophthalmos in thyroid eye disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jan-Feb;26(1):7-10.
  53. Hwang JC, El-Sawy T, Zoumalan CI, Zain J, O'Connor OA, Kazim M. Acute orbitocranial inflammation following radioimmunotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 May-Jun;26(3):210-2.
  54. Lelli GJ Jr, Kazim M. Reply re: "Levator excursion and its relationship to lid lag in thyroid eye disease". Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec;26(6):500.
  55. Zoumalan CI, Lelli GJ Jr, Kazim M. Tenon recession: a novel adjunct to improve outcome in the treatment of large-angle strabismus in thyroid eye disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jul-Aug;27(4):287-92
  56. Dagi LR, Zoumalan CI, Konrad H, Trokel SL, Kazim M. Correlation between extraocular muscle size and motility restriction in thyroid eye disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar-Apr;27(2):102-10.
  57. Zoumalan CI, Joseph JM, Lelli GJ Jr, Segal KL, Adeleye A, Kazim M, Lisman RD. Evaluation of the canalicular entrance into the lacrimal sac: an anatomical study. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jul-Aug;27(4):298-303.
  58. Chen RW, Jakobiec FA, Zakka FR, Kazim M. Orbital Perineurioma in the Setting of Dacryocystitis. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jun 21.
  59. Kazim M, Gold KG. A review of surgical techniques to correct upper eyelid retraction associated with thyroid eye disease. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep;22(5):391-3.
  60. Arora V, Prat MC, Kazim M. Acute presentation of cavernous hemangioma of the orbit. Orbit. 2011 Aug;30(4):195-7.
  61. Calsina M, Philipone E, Patwardhan M, Eisig S, Prat J, Kazim M. Solitary orbital myofibroma: clinical, radiographic, and histopathologic findings. A report of two cases. Orbit. 2011 Aug;30(4):180-2.
  62. Dolman PJ, Cahill K, Czyz CN, Douglas RS, Elner VM, Feldon S, Kazim M, Lucarelli M, Sivak-Collcott J, Stacey AW, Strianese D, Uddin J. Reliability of Estimating Ductions in Thyroid Eye Disease An International Thyroid Eye Disease Society Multicenter Study. Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep 28.
  63. Norris JH, Ross JJ, Kazim M, Selva D, Malhotra R.The effect of orbital decompression surgery on refraction and intraocular pressure in patients with thyroid orbitopathy.Eye (Lond). 2012 Apr;26(4):535-43.
  64. Kazim M, Garrity JA. Orbital radiation therapy for thyroid eye disease. J Neuroophthalmol. 2012 Jun;32(2):172-6
  65. Whitman MC, Kazim M. Dent in the forehead: a rare manifestation of metastatic cancer. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Oct 1;130(10):1349-51.
  66. Nimitwongsakul A, Zoumalan CI, Kazim M. Modified full-thickness blepharotomy for treatment of thyroid eye disease Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jan;29(1):44-7.
  67. Chan P, Graue GF, Pizzarello DB, Kim AJ, Kazim M. Evaluation of drill-induced heat transmission in an orbital model. Orbit. 2013 Feb;32(1):27-9
  68. Xu L, Glass LR, Kazim M. Reactivation of Thyroid Eye Disease Following Extraocular Muscle Surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Mar 5
  69. Prat MC, Surapaneni K, Chalian H, DeLaPaz RL, Kazim M. Ocular adnexal lymphoma: monitoring response to therapy with diffusion-weighted imaging. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Nov-Dec;29(6):424-7.
  70. Dhrami-Gavazi E, Lo C, Patel P, Galic V, Pareja F, Kazim M. Gestational Choriocarcinoma Metastasis to the Extraocular Muscle: A Case Report. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Aug 6
  71. Graue GF, Schubert HD, Kazim M. Correlation between clinical features, imaging and pathologic findings in recurrent solitary fibrous tumor of the orbit. Orbit. 2013 Dec;32(6):375-80
  72. Elia MD, Shield D, Kazim M, Shinder R, Yoon M, McCulley TJ, Shore JW, Greene D, Servat JJ, Levin F. Spontaneous subperiosteal orbital hemorrhage. Orbit. 2013 Oct;32(5):333-5.
  73. Spicer GJ, Kazim M, Glass LR, Harris GJ, Miller NR, Rootman J, Sullivan TJ. Accuracy of MRI in defining tumor-free margin in optic nerve glioma surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jul-Aug;29(4):277-80.