Our Providers

Robert L. Farris, MD
  • Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Robert L. Farris, <span>MD</span>

Dr. Linsy Farris is an expert in dry eye management, a result of his National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness sponsored research in the corneal effects of contact lens wear and tears.

In addition to his position as Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Columbia, Dr. Farris is Director of Ophthalmology at Harlem Hospital and a past President of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. He presently serves on the board of the Educational Research Fund of CLAO.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • General Ophthalmology
  • Corneal/External Diseases
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Cataract
  • Contact Lenses

    Education & Training

  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY


  • 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

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, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, 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 Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, 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), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

1994 R. Hugh Minor Distinguished Service Award, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists

1992 II Whitney Sampson Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1992 Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1986 XVIII Conrad Behrens Memorial Lecture, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists

1984 Herbert G. Cave, MD Staff Service Award for Superior Quality Patient Care, Harlem Hospital

1978 First Prize for Scientific Exhibit, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1978 Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology