Jeffrey M. Liebmann, MD

Our Providers

Academic Appointments

  • Shirlee & Bernard Brown Professor of Ophthalmology at the Columbia University Medical Center

Current Administrative Positions

  • Director, Glaucoma Service
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Jeffrey M. Liebmann, MD

Dr. Jeffrey M. Liebmann is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Service Director, and Vice-Chair for the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Liebmann graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, completed his ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center, and his glaucoma fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Liebmann serves as Shirlee and Bernard Brown Professor, Vice-Chair, and Director of the Glaucoma Division of the Department Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. Dr. Liebmann is currently Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Glaucoma, a member of the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association and Board of Directors of The Glaucoma Foundation and Secretary-Treasurer of the New York Glaucoma Society. Dr. Liebmann is a past-President of the World Glaucoma Association, American Glaucoma Society, and the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology and was co-founder of the New York Glaucoma Research Institute, the American Glaucoma Society Foundation and ASCRS Glaucoma Day.

In addition to maintaining a busy tertiary-care referral practice in New York City, Dr. Liebmann is Principal Investigator for the NIH African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study (ADAGES) and Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS III) at Columbia University and is the author and/or co-author of more than 1000 medical and scientific papers, book chapters, and abstracts. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad on glaucoma diagnosis and management. His current main areas of research interest include the causes of glaucoma, glaucoma progression, glaucoma surgery, ocular imaging, and neuroprotection.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Laser Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Ophthalmology-Glaucoma

Education and Training

  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • MD, 1983 Boston University School of Medicine
  • Internship: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Residency: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
  • Fellowship: New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary


  • 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 [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

2018 9th Thom J. Zimmerman MD, PhD, Memorial Lecture, International Congress of Glaucoma Surgery, Montreal, Canada

2018 Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker, Israel Ophthalmologic Society, Tel Aviv, Israel

2018 Invited Guest Lecturer and Glaucoma Program Coordinator, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

2017 Founders Award, World Glaucoma Association, Helsinki, Finland

2016 International Glaucoma Lecturer, Doheny-UCLA International Glaucoma Symposium, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

2016 Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Glaucoma

2015 Shirlee and Bernard Brown Professorship (inaugural), Columbia University, NY, NY

2014 8th Michael Kass Named Lecture, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2014 3rd Max Forbes Named Lecture, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

2014 SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, “MVP” Award, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Guest of Honor, International Congress of the Peruvian Society of Glaucoma, Lima, Peru

2013 Life Achievement Honor Award – American Academy of Ophthalmology

2013 Clinician-Scientist Lecturer and Honoree – American Glaucoma Society, San Francisco, CA

2013 Graham Trope Lectureship, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2012 Keynote Speaker and Guest of Honor, Ophthalmology Congress, University of Sao Paulo,

Sao Paulo, Brazil

2012 Guest of Honor, Israel Glaucoma Society, Tel Aviv, Israel

2011 E. Michael Van Buskirk Named Lecture, Devers Eye Institute, Portland, OR

2011 Guest of Honor and Visiting Professor, Tung Wah Groups of Hospitals, Tung Wah Eastern Hospital Eye Care, Hong Kong, China

2011 Guest of Honor, Glaucoma Congress, Bogota, Colombia

2011 10th Annual Optometric Glaucoma Society Meeting Honoree, Boston, MA

2010 Angnostaki-Trantas Medal and Award, 16th International Congress of Glaucoma, Athens, Greece

2010 Guest of Honor, Jornadas Argentinas de Oftalmologia CAO 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010 Guest of Honor, 16th International Congress of Glaucoma, Athens, Greece

2009 American Glaucoma Society Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology Glaucoma

Subspecialty Day, San Francisco, CA

2009 Teacher of the Year – Lecturer, New York University School of Medicine, Department of

Ophthalmology, New York, NY

2008 Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, New York University School of Medicine,

Department of Ophthalmology, New York, NY

2008 – 2017 New York Super Doctors

2007 Guest of Honor, LXI Annual Congress of Japan Clinical Ophthalmology, Kyoto, Japan,

2003 Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2003 Guest of Honor, Polish Ophthalmological Symposium, Lodz, Poland, May 14-16, 2003

2002 – 2017 Castle Connelly America’s Top Doctors

2003 – 2017 Castle Connelly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

2001 – 2017 Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine

2001 Inaugural Keynote Lecture, 1st International Congress on Non-Penetrating Surgery, Lausanne,


2000 Guest of Honor and Visiting Professor, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain

1999 Guest of Honor, The Japan Glaucoma Society, Tokyo, Japan

1998 Guest of Honor, 2nd Annual Glaucoma Symposium, Jerusalem, Israel

1998 Guest of Honor, The Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society, Hong Kong

1995 Guest of Honor, Israel Ophthalmological Society, Tel Aviv, Israel

1994 Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1994 Guest of Honor, Japan Glaucoma Society, Miyazaki, Japan

1994 Guest of Honor, Warsaw Glaucoma Symposium, Warsaw, Poland

1991 John S. Hermann, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, New York Eye

and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY

1989 Resident Teaching Award – The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY