Our Providers

Steven E. Brooks, MD
  • Anne S. Cohen Professor of Ophthalmology (in Pediatrics)
  • Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology
Steven E. Brooks, <span>MD</span>

Dr. Steven E. Brooks is a national leader in the field of strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). An excellent clinician and physician scientist, he has made a number of important contributions to the field, including his work on fat adherence syndrome and his description of a new modification for muscle transposition surgery in the field of strabismus, as well as his research on the mechanisms of retinal vascularization in retinopathy of prematurity.

Dr. Brooks received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center and a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Michigan W. K. Kellogg Eye Center.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Strabismus
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Strabismus
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity

    Education & Training

  • MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Southern California - Los Angeles County Medical Center
  • Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center


  • Robert Burch Family Eye Center

    250 West 64th Street
    Floor: 3
    New York, NY 10023
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-3932

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

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]
  • AgeWell [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs Plan]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Capital District Physician Health Plan [Capital District Physician Health Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Elderplan [Medicare Managed Care]
  • 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 [EPO, Medicare Managed Care, 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]
  • 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 sees pediatric patients

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Community Service

  • Volunteer ophthalmologist at St. Vincent DePaul Health Clinic, Augusta, GA (2003-present)
  • Board of Directors, North Augusta Boxing Club (10/2007-present)
  • Ringside Physician, Augusta and North Augusta Boxing Clubs (volunteer of the year, 2002, Chief Physician at PAL National Championships, Oxnard, CA 10/2006)
  • Coach for youth ice hockey, Augusta, GA (1999-present)
  • MCG Health Hotline volunteer to answer questions regarding children’s eye care (10/97)
  • Volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, Augusta, GA (5/97)
  • Volunteer for “Doctor’s Who Cook” fundraiser for MCG Children’s Medical Center Heart Program (2/96, 2/97, 4/98, 5/99, 5/00)
  • Vision screening volunteer at MCG Health Fair (3/95, 3/97, 3/98, 3/99)
  • Sponsored AAO demonstration exhibit entitled “Know your Eye Q” for local Augusta, GA area schools (12/95)
  • East Baltimore Sports Clinic for Inner City Children (sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1985-1986)
  • Upper Valley Big Brother Program (sponsored by Dartmouth College, 1983-1984)


Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology- Fellow (1994-present)
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (1995-present)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (1989-present)
  • Buffalo Ophthalmological Society (1993-1994)
  • Medical Association of Georgia (1994-present)
  • Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (1996-2001)
  • Richmond County Medical Society (1997-2006)


  • ProVision III Committee for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (a subcommittee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Committee for Continuing Education, 1996-97).
  • Program Committee, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (6/97-6/00).
  • Council Member, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (6/98-6/01).
  • Associate Examiner for American Board of Ophthalmology oral examination (5/97).
  • Public Information Committee, American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (4/00-4/01).
  • Faculty, USA Boxing Ringside physician certification course, Colorado Springs, CO, 2004-2005.

Medical College of Georgia/Local

  • Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Medical College of Georgia (9/94-present).
    -Responsible for directing clinical service and resident teaching in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Initiated and directed construction of off-campus satellite office for pediatric ophthalmology. Recruited second pediatric ophthalmologist to faculty, 8/99.
  • Residency Program Director, MCG Department of Ophthalmology (6/98-11/99).
  • Board of Trustees, Physicians Practice Group (general membership trustee, 7/99-present).
    -Elected position. Major executive board for physician practice group.
  • MCG Committee on Animal Use in Research and Education (7/96-present).
    -Responsible for review of 1-2 animal research protocols/month.
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Ways and Means Committee (8/96-7/99).
    -Responsible for overseeing of PPG budget and investments.
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Committee on Managed/Contracted Care (11/97-7/99).
    -Responsible for review of all managed care contracts, advisory to PPG Board of Trustees and President.
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Ad Hoc Committee on Departmental Reserves (6/98-10/98).
    -Responsible for evaluating policies regarding use of department reserve funds
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Ad Hoc Committee on Practice Plan Revenue Distribution (2/00-6/00)
    -Responsible for recommending restructuring of practice plan policies on distribution of revenue
  • MCG Department of Ophthalmology Faculty Advancement, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) Committee (2/00-5/01)
    -Responsible for reviewing faculty productivity toward promotion and tenure
  •  Medical Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates (8/99-5/01)
    -Satellite office of the MCG Department of Ophthalmology
  • Advisory Board, Reading Success, Inc., Martinez, GA (1/02-1/03).
  • Medical Executive Committee, Augusta Surgical Center (7/08-present).
  • Doctoral Thesis Committee (for Xiaolin Gu, graduate student in Cell Biology and Anatomy, MCG, 7/99-3/02)
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates (8/99-5/01)
    -Satellite office of the MCG Department of Ophthalmology
  • Advisory Board, Reading Success, Inc., Martinez, GA (1/02-1/03).
  • Medical Executive Committee, Augusta Surgical Center (7/08-present)