Pamela F. Gallin, MD, FACS
Pamela F. Gallin, MD, FACS

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology (in Pediatrics)

Pamela F. Gallin, MD, FACS is on ALL of the National Best Doctor lists: America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Ophthamologists. She has been awarded the Patient’s Choice Award, and Patient’s Choice for Most Compassionate Doctor, as well as Regional Best Doctors Lists: Top Doctors: New York Metro Area , New York Magazine and SuperDocs (New York Times).

Dr. Gallin graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Phi Beta Kappa) in Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, where she received her medical degree in the top 5% of her class. Her internship at New York University was followed by a residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Gallin was one of ten national recipients of The Heed Society Fellowships, which she used to study Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at The Children’s National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, as well as in Ophthalmic Genetics.

She continued at The Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and also studied Pediatric Ophthalmic Oncology (Retinoblastoma) at NY Presbyterian-Cornell. Dr. Gallin remained at the Harkness Eye Institute, where she was Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Fight for Sight Children’s Eye Clinic for decades. She has taught Eye Residents, Fellows, Pediatricians and Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons medical students for many years. Dr. Gallin is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology (in Pediatrics) at NY Presbyterian-Columbia.

Dr. Gallin was one of the few physicians on Hilary Clinton’s Health Care Task Force. United Cerebral Palsy awarded Dr. Gallin the 2010 Luella Bennack Caretakers Award. She has been an Oral Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology for 20 years and twice wrote the Oral Board Examination in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Dr. Gallin has been on numerous medical boards, including NORD: The National Organization of Rare Diseases, and NAVH: The National Association for Visually Handicapped.

Dr. Gallin has written numerous peer reviewed scientific papers. She is the author of an international textbook, “Pediatric Ophthalmology”. In addition, she has written and spoken as a Patient Advocate on all of the morning shows and networks, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and the Wall Street Journal. Her Patient Advocacy books are: “The Savvy Moms Guide to Medical Care” and “How To Survive Your Doctor’s Care”, which was a four day series on the Today Show.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Area of Expertise

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric and Adult Strabismus (Eye Muscle issues)
  • Amblyopia
  • Genetic Eye Diseases
  • Systemic Diseases and the Eye Involvement
  • Coordination with multi-subspecialty issues


NewYork-Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center
Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
635 West 165 Street
Suite 224
New York, NY 10032


Dr. Pamela Gallin

Telephone: (212) 305-5407

Education and Training

Washington University, St. Louis:

  • BS – Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, School of Engineering
  • AB – Biology
  • MD – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (Top 10% in class)
  • Internship: New York University Medical Center
  • Residency: Mt. Sinai Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Heed Society Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • 2012 Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, and Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
  • 2013 NY Presbyterian-Columbia Columbia and NY Presbyterian-Cornell

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Summa CumLaude
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • American Board of Ophthalmology: Examiner Oral Examination since 1993
  • American Board of Ophthalmology: Committee to write the Pediatric Ophthalmology Board Examination (twice)
  • United Cerebral Palsy: Luella Bennack Service Award (2010)
  • White House Health Care Taskforce under Hilary Clinton
  • NORD: National Organization for Rare Diseases Medical Board (until 2010)