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 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, traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery, LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), PTK (Phototherapeutic Keratectomy), and corneal 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. She has also participated in many early studies of a new 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 also an expert in the latest in cataract surgery (femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery), traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery, multifocal and toric intraocular lens implants, 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

  • 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

Locations

  • 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
    Fax:
    (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
    Fax:
    (212) 305-0212

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]
  • 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]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

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