George J. Florakis, MD

Our Providers

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
George J. Florakis, MD

George J. Florakis, M.D., is Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC and Director of Columbia Ophthalmology in Westchester. Dr. Florakis is an expert in corneal surgery and consultation. He specializes in management techniques for corneal transplants, endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK, DSAEK), corneal dystrophies, and anterior segment trauma and reconstruction.

A national leader in corneal diseases, Dr. Florakis is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the National Eye Bank Association of America, a longtime member of the medical advisory board of the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York, the New York Ophthalmological Society, New York State Medical Society, and the Northeast Cornea Society, as well as many other professional organizations. Dr. Florakis has authored many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Florakis received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Columbia University. Following his ophthalmology residency training at Columbia’s Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Dr. Florakis completed a fellowship in corneal and external eye diseases under the preceptorship of Jay Krachmer, MD, at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Florakis sees patients in Westchester and in the Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Cornea and External Eye Disease
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Pterygium

Education and Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


  • CUIMC/Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    212 305 3378
  • ColumbiaDoctors - 110 Brook Street

    110 Brook Street
    Scarsdale, NY 10583
    For new and current patient appointments, call:

Insurance Programs

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

  • AETNA [Aetna Signature Administrators, EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Student Health]
  • CIGNA [EPO, Great West (National), HMO, POS, PPO]
  • 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, PPO]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare (National) [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Railroad, Traditional Medicare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Freedom PPO, Liberty, POS]
  • Quality Health Management [Quality Health Management]
  • RiverSpring [Special Needs]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Compass (Exchange), Empire Plan, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-3378

Honors and Awards

2018 – 2023                Visiting Professor/ Consultant of the Ophthalmology Department

                                    of the Third People’s Hospital of Chengdu, China

2008 – 2022                New York Times “Super Doctors”

1995 – Present            Best Doctors in America, including Castle Connolly

2019                            American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Award

2014                            Visiting Professor Yale University Department of Ophthalmology 

2012                            Tom Casey Memorial Lecture – Joint Irish and UKISCRS

2010                            American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

2010                            Williford Distinguished Visiting Professor – Hamilton Eye Institute

2009                            Foundation Fighting Blindness Man of Vision Award

2007                            Awarded New York City Council Proclamation

2000                            Edward S. Harkness Nurses First Annual “Physician of the Year”

1997                            Edward S. Harkness Ophthalmology Resident Appreciation Award 

1997                            Election to New York Ophthalmological Society

1995                            Philip Knapp Memorial Teaching Award