Our Providers

Tongalp H. Tezel, MD
  • Chang Family Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Director, Retina Division
  • Director, Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program
Tongalp H. Tezel, <span>MD</span>

Tongalp H. Tezel, MD leads the retina service at the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tezel is an internationally known clinician-scientist and a leader in the management of vitreoretinal diseases. He was previously Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and the Kentucky Lions Endowed Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Tezel received his medical degree and initial ophthalmology training in Turkey and Denmark before completing his ophthalmology residency at Washington University School of Medicine. He later trained under Dr. Stanley Chang and received his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery here at Columbia University.

Dr. Tezel's research laboratory focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms of various retinal diseases. His main research interests include retinal cell transplantation, angiogenesis, pharmacologic vitreolysis, tissue engineering and drug development for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, and has developed several techniques used for tissue engineering and retinal cell replacement therapies.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Retinal Disorders
  • Detached Retina Repair
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Vascular Disorders
  • Macular Hole
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Disorder
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

    Education & Training

  • Internship: St Mary's Health Center
  • Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Fellowship: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
  • CD Third Avenue Office

    880 Third Avenue
    Floor: 2
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
  • ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology

    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-3932

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]
  • 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]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

  • 2012:  American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award
  • 2011:  Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Membership
  • 2007- Present:  Listed, Best Doctors in America
  • 2006: Patrick O’Connor Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2005: The American Society of Retina Specialists’ Honor Award
  • 2004: RPB Career Development Award
  • 2004: Patrick O’Connor Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2004: NEI Clinician-Scientist Development Award
  • 2002: Ronald Michels Fellowship Award
  • 2000: Rosenbaum Research Award