Our Providers

Srilaxmi Bearelly, MD, MHS
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Srilaxmi Bearelly, <span>MD, MHS</span>

Srilaxmi Bearelly, MD, MHS is a retina specialist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, choroidal neovascularization and macular disorders.

Her experience in the treatment of retinal diseases started with a seven-year tenure on the Vitreoretinal Service at Duke University Eye Center in North Carolina (2003 to 2010). Since then, she joined Columbia’s faculty in 2010. She has treated thousands of patients, and helped patients and their families through their treatments. She has also volunteered her medical expertise in underserviced areas, such as El Salvador and rural United States. 

Dr. Bearelly received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, received her M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School, and a Masters of Health Sciences from Duke University School of Medicine. Following her ophthalmology training at Northwestern University, she completed her fellowship training in diseases of the retina and vitreous at Duke University Eye Center.

She has written 70 articles, chapters and abstracts, and frequently presents at scientific and professional conferences both nationally and abroad. Currently, Dr. Bearelly is a collaborator on a Columbia University clinical study of retinal changes in preeclamspia (a disease of pregnancy).

She is recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Ophthalmology, and with Castle Connolly’s Exceptional Women in Medicine award. She received several research awards, including an NIH/NEI K12 and K23 Mentored Research Career Award, and a Young Investigator Award by Retinal Degenerations Symposium at the International Congress of Eye Research Meeting in China.

Dr. Bearelly has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Retinal Disorders
  • Intravitreal Injection
  • Retinal Vascular Occlusion
  • Laser Treatment
  • Retinal Disease
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Vitreoretinal Disorder

    Education & Training

  • Northwestern University Medical School
  • Residency: Northwestern University Medical School
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, NC

Locations

  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    Floor: 5
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (212) 342-5293
  • CUMC/Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion

    1150 St. Nicholas Avenue
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 851-5494
    Fax:
    (212) 851-5493

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]
  • 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]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs Plan]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

2018       Top 10 Poster Presentation Award, Women in Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, FL

2017-present     Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine

2015-present     Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Ophthalmology, Regional, New York Metro Area

2012-present      Robert L. Burch III Scholar, Columbia University

2005-2010          NIH/NEI K12 and K23 Mentored Career Development Awards

2008                   Young Investigator Award, Retinal Degenerations/International Congress of Eye Research

1999                   Resident Teaching Award, Department of Internal Medicine at Northwestern University: Excellence in Teaching of Medical Students

1992-1999          Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), Northwestern University BA/M.D. Program

1992-1995          Northwestern University Academic Grants

1992-1993          Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, ASTRA Scholarship