Our Providers

Royce W.S. Chen, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Royce W.S. Chen, <span>MD</span>

Royce Chen, MD, is the Helen and Martin Kimmel Assistant 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, 2015-2017.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

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

    Education & Training

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


  • ColumbiaDoctors Third Avenue

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

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032
  • Manhattan - Robert Burch Family Eye Center

    250 West 64th Street
    New York, NY 10023

Insurance Programs

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

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, 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 [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

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