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Sung Chul Park, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Peter Crowley Research Scientist
Director of Moise and Chella Safra Advanced Ocular Imaging Laboratory
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Email: sungchulpark1225@gmail.com


New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
310 East 14th Street
South Building Suite 304
New York, NY 10003
Tel (appointment): (212) 477-7540

Personal Profile:

Dr. Sung Chul Park is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at The New York Medical College and the Peter Crowley Research Scientist and the Director of Moise and Chella Safra Advanced Ocular Imaging Laboratory at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

He is a clinician-scientist in the field of ophthalmology and pioneered the new field of three-dimensional high-resolution analysis of the optic nerve head using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography, discovering a new set of the lamina cribrosa deformation patterns in glaucoma. He also elucidated the risk factors and the progression pattern of early paracentral visual field loss in glaucoma and demonstrated that patients’ subjective visual complaints can be important clues to find glaucomatous paracentral visual loss. He revealed that such patients would benefit from visual field tests with centrally condensed test points, broadening ophthalmologists’ understanding in this field and improving patient care.

He has more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in top ophthalmology journals including Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and JAMA Ophthalmology, and has written 5 book chapters. He has given more than 110 presentations and guest/visiting professor lectures in the U.S., Germany, Australia, France, China, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. He is an expert reviewer for 9 top peer-reviewed journals including Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and JAMA ophthalmology. He has been honored with 15 nationally or internationally recognized awards and scholarships, including the American Glaucoma Society MAPS Award, the New York Glaucoma Research Institute grants, Best Scientific Poster Award at the 2011 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Ophthalmology, and Travel Grants at the 2009 and 2012 Annual Meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and at the 3rd World Glaucoma Congress in 2009.

Dr. Park received his medical degree from Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. After his ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea, he joined the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in April 2009, and successfully finished a clinical and a research glaucoma fellowship with Dr. Robert Ritch in June 2010 and in June 2011, respectively. He is actively working as a charter member of von Graefe Society, a professional scientific association of international ophthalmologists with the subject of risk factors for glaucoma, and is a member of 6 other professional societies including Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and American Glaucoma Society. He is also serving as an organizer of international academic meetings including the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress (April 2014, Tokyo, Japan), the 27th, 28th and 29th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (April 2012, Busan, South Korea; January 2013, Hyderabad, India; April 2014, Tokyo, Japan) and the 18th and 19th Annual Glaucoma Foundation Optic Nerve Rescue and Restoration Think Tank (September 2011 and September 2012, New York, NY).

Professional Interests:

Glaucoma (Adult/Pediatric) and Other Optic Nerve Diseases
Cataract (Complicated/Uncomplicated)
Anterior Segment Diseases
Minimally Invasive Glaucoma/Cataract Surgery
Ocular Imaging
Prevention of Irreversible Blindness and Screening of Ophthalmic Diseases

Education Profile:

Fellowship (Glaucoma, Clinical and Research): New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY 2011
Fellowship (Glaucoma, Clinical): Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea 2009
Residency (Ophthalmology): Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea 2008
Graduate Degree: M.D.
Graduate Degree Institute: Seoul National University College of Medicine

Selected Bibliography:

1.  Park SC (corr. author), Kung Y, Su D, Simonson JL, Furlanetto R, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Parafoveal scotoma progression in glaucoma: Humphrey 10-2 versus 24-2 visual field analysis. Ophthalmology. 2013. In press.

2.  Qayum S, Sullivan T, Park SC (corr. author), Merchant K, Banik R, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Structure and clinical significance of central optic disc pits. Ophthalmology. 2013. In press.

3.  Merchant KY, Su D, Park SC (corr. author), Qayum S, Banik R, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography of optic nerve head drusen. Ophthalmology. 2013. In press.

4.  Mari JM, Strouthidis NG, Park SC, Girard MJA. Enhancement of Lamina Cribrosa Visibility in Optical Coherence Tomography Images using Adaptive Compensation. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013. In press.

5.  Mehta A, Park SC (corr. Author), Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Arcuate scotoma associated with traction at the optic disc. Eye. 2013 Mar 1. Epub ahead of print.

6.  You JY, Park SC (co-first author & corr. author), Su D, Teng CC, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Focal Lamina Cribrosa Defect Associated with Glaucomatous Rim Thinning and Acquired Pits. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Jan 31. Epub ahead of print.

7.  De Moraes CG, Liebmann JM, Park SC, Teng CC, Nemiroff J, Tello C, Ritch R. Optic disc progression and rates of visual field change in treated glaucoma. Acta Ophthalmol. 2013 Jan 29. Epub ahead of print.

8.  Su D, Park SC (corr. author), Simonson JL, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Progression pattern of initial parafoveal scotomas in glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2012 Nov 10. Epub ahead of print.

9.  Park SC, Daniel Su, Celso Tello. Anti-VEGF therapy for the treatment of glaucoma: a focus on ranibizumab and bevacizumab. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2012;12:1641-7.

10. Park SC (corr. author), Kiumehr S, Teng CC, Tello C, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Horizontal central ridge of the lamina cribrosa and regional differences in laminar insertion in normal subjects. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012;53:1610-6. 

11. Kiumehr S, Park SC (co-first author & corr. author), Dorairaj S, Teng CC, Tello C, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. In vivo evaluation of focal lamina cribrosa defects in glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130:552-9. 

12. Park SC (corr. author), De Moraes CG, Teng CC, Tello C, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography of deep optic nerve complex structures in glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2012;119:3-9. 

13. Faridi O, Park SC, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Glaucoma and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2012;40:408-19.

14. Park SC (corr. author), Ritch R. High resolution in vivo imaging of the lamina cribrosa. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2011;25:363-72.

15. Kung Y, Park SC (corr. author), Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Progressive synechial angle closure from an enlarging Soemmering's ring. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129:1631-2. 

16. Park SC (corr. author), De Moraes CG, Teng CC, Tello C, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Initial parafoveal versus peripheral scotomas in glaucoma: risk factors and visual field characteristics. Ophthalmology 2011;118:1782-9. 

17. Kim HJ, Suh W, Park SC, Kim CY, Park KH, Kook MS, Kim YY, Kim CS, Park CK, Ki CS, Kee C. Mutation spectrum of CYP1B1 and MYOC genes in Korean patients with primary congenital glaucoma. Mol Vis. 2011;17:2093-101.

18. Park SC, De Moraes CGV, Tello C, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. In-vivo microstructural anatomy of β-zone parapapillary atrophy in glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010;51:6408-13.

19. Park SC, Lee DH, Lee HJ, Kee C. Risk factors for normal-tension glaucoma among subgroups of patients. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009;127:1275-83.

20. Park SC, Kee C. Large diurnal variation of intraocular pressure despite maximal medical treatment in juvenile open angle glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2007;16:164-8.

Book Chapters
1.   Park SC, Tello C, Radcliffe N, Ritch R. Pigmentary Dispersion Syndrome and Glaucoma. In: Samples J, Schacknow P, ed. The Glaucoma Book: A Clinical Focus. New York, NY. Springer Science+Business Media LLC, 2013. In press.

2.   Park SC, Ritch R. Resurrecting the failing filtering bleb. In: Bhartiya S, Shaarawy T, Mermoud A, ed. Atlas of Glaucoma Surgery. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Anshan Publishers; 2013. In press.

3.   Park SC, Dorairaj S, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. Anterior segment imaging. In: Rhee D, ed. Wills Eye Hospital Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology: Glaucoma. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.; May 29, 2012.

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