Our Providers

Leejee H. Suh, MD
  • Miranda Wong Tang Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
  • Director, Refractive Surgery Service
  • Director, Cornea Fellowship Program
  • Director, Cornea Service
Leejee H. Suh, <span>MD</span>

Leejee H. Suh, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, is the Director of both the Laser Vision Correction Center and the Cornea Fellowship Program at Columbia University's Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute. Her surgical specialties include LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), PTK (Phototherapeutic Keratectomy), cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, and corneal transplantation.

She received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center and received her fellowship training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Hospitals, where she was a faculty member in the Division of Cornea and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Suh brings to Columbia her experience from the top ophthalmological institutions in the country, with an extensive background in cataract, corneal, and refractive surgery. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on corneal conditions and is active in clinical research. Her clinical research interests are in keratoconus research and treatments, namely Corneal Collagen Crosslinking and intracorneal ring segments (i.e. Intacs). She is currently a Principal Investigator for the Corneal Collagen Crosslinking trial for the treatment of keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia at Columbia University. She has also studied novel methods of refractive surgery, such as the use of the femtosecond laser for astigmatic correction, different flap creations for LASIK, and use of the femtosecond laser for partial and full thickness corneal transplantation. Finally, she participated in many early studies of a new type of partial corneal transplantation, called endothelial keratoplasty, or Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK or DSEK), which has dramatically changed the face of surgical treatments for corneal diseases.

Dr. Suh has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Asian-Pacific Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). She is an active reviewer for such journals as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, Eye, and Cornea. Dr. Suh continues to lecture nationally and internationally on her research and experience.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Laser Surgery
  • Corneal/External Diseases
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cataract
  • Laser Vision Correction Surgery
  • Cornea and External Eye Disease
  • LASIK Surgery
  • Corneal Transplantation

    Education & Training

  • MD, New York University School of Medicine
  • Internship: 2003 Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    Floor: 1
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-5293
  • CD Third Avenue Office

    880 Third Avenue
    Floor: 3
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 201-4129

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, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, 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 [Blue Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, 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), Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

2006 Fellow, Society of Heed Fellows, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation

2005 Walter J. Stark Research Grant Award, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Project Title: Genetic Modification of Human Corneal Endothelial Cells and Establishment of in vitro Model of Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy

2005 Eye Bank Association of America Research Grant Award.  Project Title: Use of Cell Culture Media and Human Amniotic Fluid for Proliferation of Endothelium on Eyebank Corneas

2005 Mitchell Prize for Resident Research, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Project Title: Establishment and Characterization of Human Corneal Endothelial Cell Culture.  Awarded first place prize of $10,000.

2005 Peter J. McDonnell Research Grant Award, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Project Title: Establishment and Characterization of Human Corneal Endothelial Cell Culture

2002 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

2002 Honors in Neuroscience and Physiology with Doctor of Medicine

2002 American Medical Women’s Association Achievement Award

1997 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

1997 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

1992 NIH High School Research Apprenticeship Program Award, Stuyvesant High School