Royce W.S. Chen, MD

Our Providers

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Royce W.S. Chen, MD

Royce Chen, MD, is the Helen and Martin Kimmel Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center and Attending Ophthalmologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in surgical and medical management of vitreoretinal disease and uveitis. Dr. Chen also serves as the Residency Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia.

Dr. Chen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Music and received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He then performed his ophthalmology residency at Columbia University, where he served as Chief Resident. This was followed by a 2-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, where he served as a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology.

He has received numerous honors, including a Heed Foundation Fellowship and recognition as a NYC Super Doctors Rising Star.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Laser Retinal Surgery
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal and Vitreous Disorders
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Holes and Tears
  • Retinal Photography
  • Retinal Vascular Disorders
  • Retinal Vascular Occlusion
  • Retinopathy
  • Uveitis
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Education and Training

  • MD, 2008 Tufts Univ School of Medicine
  • Internship: 2009 Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center
  • Residency: 2012 Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
  • Fellowship: 2014 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


  • ColumbiaDoctors - Robert Burch Family Eye Center

    250 West 64th Street
    New York, NY 10023
  • ColumbiaDoctors - Third Avenue

    880 Third Avenue
    F 3 3/F
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-3932
  • CUIMC/Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • [Medicaid - NY, Medicaid - NY ETIN 00KJ, Medicare Railroad, UHC/OXF - The Empire Plan, UHC/OXF - The Empire Plan (CD)]
  • AETNA [Aetna Signature Administrators, EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Student Health]
  • AgeWell [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs]
  • CIGNA [EPO, Great West (National), HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Elderplan [Medicare Managed Care]
  • Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare (National) [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Railroad, Traditional Medicare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • Quality Health Management [Quality Health Management]
  • RiverSpring [Special Needs]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), Empire Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors and Awards

2019 John Martin Wheeler Memorial Teaching Award

2018-2019 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Attending

2018 Selected for Allergan FIRST (Fostering Innovative Retina Stars of Tomorrow) Program

2015-2017 NYC Super Doctors Rising Star

2013 American Society of Retina Specialists Ambassador to the AAO Mid-Year Forum

2012 – 2013 Heed Foundation Fellowship

2011 – 2012 Chief Resident, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

2011 New York-Presbyterian Hospital Physician Champion Award

2010 Heed Foundation Residents Retreat

2007 Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship

2007 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology National Eye Institute Travel Grant