Stanley Chang, MD

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Academic Appointments

  • K.K. Tse and Ku Teh Ying Professor of Ophthalmology
Stanley Chang, MD

Stanley Chang, M.D., is the former Edward S. Harkness Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also the K.K. Tse and Ku Teh Ying Professor of Ophthalmology. He is a specialist in vitreoretinal disorders and surgery and pioneered many of the surgical techniques currently used in this field.

Dr. Chang received a baccalaureate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his medical education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. After fellowship, Dr. Chang joined the faculty of Department of Ophthalmology at Cornell University Medical School, where he became Professor of Ophthalmology. Appointed the Edward S. Harkness Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology in 1995, he served as director of the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute until 2012.

Dr. Chang has developed and pioneered several revolutionary surgical approaches to treat complicated forms of retinal detachment, improving outcomes for patients worldwide. He was the first to use perfluoropropane gas in the management of retinal detachments caused by scar tissue proliferation (PVR) on the retina. This gas is the most frequently used gas in vitreoretinal surgery. He developed perfluorocarbon liquids, a ‘heavy liquid’ used in flattening retinal detachment, and the related surgical techniques for vitreoretinal surgery. In collaboration with Avi Grinblat, he developed a panoramic viewing system and led in the worldwide adaptation by retina surgeons to this technique. In leading a world class Department and vision research institute, he continues to improve the clinical outcomes for patients through research and innovation. He is the recipient of several honors including the Hermann Wacker Prize from the Club Jules Gonin, Helmerich Prize from the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Jackson Lecture and the Alcon Research Institute Award. Consistently named as one of America’s best doctors, Dr. Chang was recently recognized as one of three physicians selected as National Physician of the Year by the Castle Connolly Guides (2008).

The Department of Ophthalmology is grateful to Dr. Chang for his exemplary and inspirational leadership during his time as Chair and Director of Ophthalmology. During his tenure, the department attracted a top-notch team of researchers and clinicians, developed new faculty practices in New York and New Jersey, more than doubled the number of surgical cases in the Eye Institute, and dramatically increased research funding. Dr. Chang remains an active member of the faculty and continues his patient care, research and teaching commitments.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Macular Disorder
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disease
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Education and Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Residency: Massachussetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


  • 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
    New York, NY 10022
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    (212) 201-4129

Insurance Programs

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Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors and Awards

2012 Guillermo Pico Lecture, Puerto Rican Ophthalmology Society, San Juan, PR

2011 Visionary Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness, New York, NY

2011 Optic UK lecture, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Birminghan, England

2011 Charles L. Schepens MD lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Orlando, FL

2010 Mark Schoenberg Lecture, New York Clinical Society for Ophthalmology, New York, NY

2010 Guest of Honor, Retina Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA

2010 Silver Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

2009 Honorary Member, Brazilian Retinal Society

2009 Gianbattista Bietti International Medal, Italian Society of Ophthalmology, Rome, Italy

2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA

2008 Stuart Brown Lecture, Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA

2008 National Physician of the Year, Castle-Connolly Guides, New York, NY

2008 Honorary Member, Spanish Retinal Society, Zaragosa, Spain

2008 Invited Honorary Speaker, British and Irish Vitreoretinal Surgery Society, London, England

2008 Crystal Apple Award, American Society of Retinal Specialists, Maui, Hawaii

2007 Victor Curtin Visiting Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, FL

2006 Hobie Award, New York State Ophthalmology Society, New York, NY

2005 Kambara Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee – Memphis, Memphis, TN

2005 Invited guest lecturer, Moorfields Eye Hospital Bicentennial, London, England

2005 Sean Murphy Lecture, Dept. of Ophthalmology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2005 Ingrid Kreissig Lecture, Euretina, Barcelona, Spain

2005 LXII Edward Jackson Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Las Vegas, NV

2004 Irving Leopold Lecture, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

2004 Lois A. Young Lecture, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Howard University, Washington, DC

2003 Claes H. Dohlman Lecture, Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

2003 Jules Stein Lecture, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

2003 Curts Visiting Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Dartmouth School of Medicine, Hanover, NH

2002 Roscoe Kennedy Lecture, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

2002 Edward W.D. Norton Lecture, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

2001 D. Jackson Coleman Lecture, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

2001 Phillip T. Ellis Lecture, University of Colorado, Denver, CO.

2000 Everett Goar Lecture, Houston Ophthalmological Society, Houston, TX.

2000 Harold Gifford Lecture, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE.

2000 Award, Conselho Brasiliero de Oftalmologia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1999 Alcon Research Institute Award

1999 Scientific Achievement Award, Chinese American Medical Society, New York, NY.

1998 Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1998 Taylor R. Smith Lecture, Aspen Retinal Detachment Society, Aspen, CO.

1998 W.H. Helmerich III Award, Vitreous Society

1998 A. Gerard DeVoe Lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY.

1997 G. Victor Simpson Lecture, Washington Hospitals Center, Washington D.C.

1997 Arthur J. Bedell Lecture, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

1995 Listed, America’s Best Doctors, America’s Health Magazine

1994 Delmar Nachazel Lecture, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.

1993 John Milton McLean Medal, Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y.

1993 A. Raymond Pilkerton Lecture, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1993 Ronald G. Michels Lecture, The Retina Institute of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.

1993 First G.B. Bietti International Foundation Award, Rome, Italy. Awarded for outstanding contributions to retinal research.

1993 Keynote Address, Sankara Nethralaya Alumni Association, Bombay, India.

1993 Scientific Achievement Award, Escalon, Inc., New Brunswick, N.J.

1992 Hermann Wacker Prize, Vienna, Austria. Awarded biennially by the Club Jules Gonin, an international retinal society, for the most innovative contributions to vitreoretinal disease

1992 Harvey B. Taterka Memorial Lecture, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

1991 Listed, Best Doctors in America

1991 Listed, The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine

1991 David and Mary Seslen Lecture, Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO.

1989 Listed, Directory of Outstanding Medical Specialists in the U.S., Town and Country Magazine

1988 Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1987 Service Certificate, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1974 Alvin M. Behrens Award for Ophthalmology, Columbia Univ.

1974 Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia University

1968-1970 Ford Foundation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2000-2012 America’s Top Doctors, Castle-Connolly Guide

1996-2012 Listed, The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine

1995-2012 Listed, Best Doctors in America