1. George A. Cioffi, MD

    • Department of Ophthalmology

    Dr. George A. (Jack) Cioffi is an internationally recognized glaucoma scientist and clinician and is the Edward S. Harkness Chairman and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Cioffi presently holds the Jean and Richard Deems Professorship at Columbia University and formerly held the Richard Chenoweth Chair of Ophthalmology at the Devers Eye Institute. He was also the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. He received his medical degree at the University of South Carolina, completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, and a fellowship in Research and Clinical Glaucoma at Devers Eye Institute under Dr. E. Michael Van Buskirk. More recently, he completed the inaugural Harvard Business School program in Managing Healthcare Delivery.

    Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Glaucoma, Dr. Cioffi is also the is the current Chairman of the Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Glaucoma Research Foundation in San Francisco. He is a past President of the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology and has served as a member of the FDA Ophthalmology/Dermatology Advisory Committee for drug approval. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Medical Excellence and was selected by the Governor John Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board’s Outcomes and Quality taskforce.

    Dr. Cioffi has been supported with multiple grants from the National Eye Institute, continuously for 18 years, as well as several private foundation and industry grants. He has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters and edited a book for non-ophthalmologists, The Devers Manual: Ophthalmology for the Healthcare Professional. He has received many awards throughout his career, including being selected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Vermont, being continuously included in The Best Doctors in America since 2002, a Senior Achievement Award in 2005 and Secretariat Award in 2012 both from the AAO, and the Innovators Award from the Glaucoma Research Foundation also in 2012. He has presented more than 100 invited lectures and visiting professorships at institutions around the world, including multiple named lectureships.

    He has mentored more than 30 clinical and post-doctoral fellows over his career. These clinicians and scientists are now at academic institutions and in practices around the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

    Honors and Awards

    • 2012 Glaucoma Research Foundation, Innovators Award
    • 2011 The Cleveland Clinic, Visiting Lecturer Pro Tempore
    • 2009 Annual University of Cincinnati Glaucoma Lectureship
    • 2008 Schoenberg Lecture, University of Illinois
    • 2006 American Glaucoma Society Clinician-Scientist Lectureship
    • 2005 Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
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    Provider Information

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    Board Certifications

    • Ophthalmology

    Clinical Expertise

    • Complex Anterior Segment Surgery
    • Cataract
    • Glaucoma

    Hospital Affiliations

    • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

    Primary Location

    • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

      635 West 165th Street
      New York, NY 10032
      For new and current patient appointments, call:
      (212) 305-9535
      (212) 305-5293

    More Locations

    • 880 Third Avenue
      Floor: 2
      New York, NY 10022
      For new and current patient appointments, call:
      (212) 305-9535
      (212) 201-4129

    Insurance Programs

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    • Aetna [HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
    • CIGNA [Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, Child Health Plus, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [ConnectiCare, EPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
    • MagnaCare
    • Medicare [Medicare]
    • Multiplan
    • Oscar (Exchange)
    • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare]
    • POMCO
    • UnitedHealthcare [Compass (Exchange), HMO, Medicare, POS, PPO]

    Biographical Detail

    Academic Appointments

    • Jean and Richard Deems Professor of Ophthalmology
    • Edward S. Harkness Professor of Ophthalmology

    Current Administrative Positions

    • Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
    • Director, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    Education And Training

      Education & Training

    • MD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
    • Internship: 1988 University of Hawaii
    • Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center
    • Fellowship: Devers Eye Institute