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The Department of Ophthalmology of New York Medical College is one of the oldest Ophthalmology services in the country. We were founded as the New York Ophthalmic Hospital in 1852 in New York City. This hospital was merged into New York Medical College in 1867 and established a training program for Ophthalmologists under one of the first Professorships of Ophthalmic Surgery. Over a century later, New York Medical College moved to Valhalla, New York. Here, the Department of Ophthalmology training program is based at the Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla and Metropolitan Hospital on the upper east-side of New York. 

The Mission of the training program is to produce an ophthalmologist able to practice general ophthalmology. However, residents who wish to go on to subspecialty fellowships have been placed into excellent programs across the country. The training program for Ophthalmology rotates residents evenly between two hospitals. The principal hospital is the Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital which is a Tertiary care facility with a level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center. This hospital serves 3.5 million residents which includes Westchester County and the surrounding area into Connecticut and Pennsylvania. With the medical school campus adjacent, basic science professors whose research involves the eye actively participate in the resident training experience. Metropolitan Hospital, the second center, serves a large indigent population and cares for a large number of the uninsured in the New York City boroughs. 

The strengths of the training program are the wide range of patients which we care for. They have problems from early to late stages of disease; they come from all classes and diverse cultures. The consult service and Trauma Center at the Westchester Medical Center provide a wide ranging education in ocular manifestations of systemic disease. We now send our second year residents to the Columbia Basic Science Course for the month of January. A resident with a specific interest in a subspecialty area can be placed with a mentor in the Metropolitan area to pursue a specific project. We have all the diagnostic equipment and lasers expected of a Tertiary medical center. The senior faculty have decades of experience in their subspecialties and are dedicated to teaching. 

We welcome your inquiries about the program.


the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are both surgical and medical specialists.