Leejee Han Suh, MD

Our Providers

Academic Appointments

  • Miranda Wong Tang Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC

Current Administrative Positions

  • Director, Refractive Surgery Service
  • Director, Cornea Fellowship Program
  • Director, Cornea Service
Leejee Han Suh, MD

Leejee H. Suh, M.D., the Miranda Wong Tang Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, is the Director of the Cornea Service at Columbia University's Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute. She also heads the Cornea Fellowship Program and the Laser Vision Center. Her surgical specialties include femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, phacoemulsification cataract surgery, LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), PTK (Phototherapeutic Keratectomy), and full and partialcorneal transplantation.

She received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and her medical degree from the New York University (N.Y.U.) 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. She has been the Principal Investigator for the Corneal Collagen Crosslinking trial for the treatment of keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia at Columbia University. For her work in keratoconus, Dr. Suh has been named a Top Doctor for the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF). She was instrumental in the early studies of a newer type of partial corneal transplantation, called endothelial keratoplasty, which includes Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), both of which have dramatically changed the face of surgical treatments for corneal diseases.

As a cornea-refractive surgeon by training, she is an expert in the latest in cataract surgery called femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery, in which a femtosecond laser can make precise and customized corneal and lens incisions for cataract surgery, which is combined with implantation of standard monofocal, toric, and multifocal/trifocal intraocular lens implants. With her extensive experience in corneal surgery, she is also an expert in laser vision correction and keratorefractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, and PTK).

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

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

Education and Training

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


  • 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) 342-5293
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    880 Third Avenue
    F 3 3/F
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 305-0212

Insurance Programs

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  • 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 [HMO]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare (National) [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Railroad, Traditional Medicare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • 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) 305-9535

Honors and Awards

2021: National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) Top Doc

2019: Member of the Academy of Clinical Excellence, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

2012 – Present: Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor

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