James Drake Auran, MD

Our Providers

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
James Drake Auran, MD

Dr. James D. Auran's clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, dry eye, blepharitis, and corneal infections. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers in the field of ophthalmology.

Dr. Auran graduated with honors from Harvard College with a B.A. in Biology and received his M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College. He performed his ophthalmology residency training at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH), followed by fellowship training in Cornea and Anterior Segment Surgery with Richard Gibralter, M.D. at MEETH and Anthony Donn, M.D. at Columbia University.

Dr. Auran is listed in Castle Connolly's Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area, New York Super Doctors, and Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Auran has served as Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at the NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem since January, 2016. He has served as the lead in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Ocular Trauma Group since 2018.

He received the Alfred Markowitz Service Award from the Society of Practitioners of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 2004, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2004, and the Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology Resident Teaching Award (in recognition of teaching advanced cataract surgical techniques) in 2008 and the Philip Knapp Memorial Teaching Award in 2018.

His many other interests include gardening, photography, cycling, and history.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Cornea and External Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Laser Surgery

Education and Training

  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Internship: Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Residency: Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital
  • Fellowship: Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital


  • CUIMC/Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 305-1936
  • ColumbiaDoctors - Third Avenue

    880 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 305-0212

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, Liberty]
  • Quality Health Management [Quality Health Management]
  • RiverSpring [Special Needs]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), Empire Plan, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors and Awards

2008-2019 Top Doctors: New York Metro Area listing, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.

2007-2019 New York Super Doctors listing, Key Professional Media, Inc.

2003-2013 Best Doctors in America listing, bestdoctors.com

1997-2019 New York Ophthalmological Society

2011 Compassionate doctor award; American Registry

2008 Resident Teaching Award, Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology

2018 Philip Knapp Memorial Teaching Award, Columbia University, Department of Ophthalmology

1994-2006 Physician's Recognition Award, American Medical Association

2004 Alfred Markowitz Service Award, Society of Practitioners of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

2004 American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

EyeWiki.org section editor, 2019