1. Tongalp H. Tezel, MD

    • Department of Ophthalmology
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    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.

    Honors and 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
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    Provider Information

    Board Certifications

    • Ophthalmology

    Areas of Expertise

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

    Primary Location

    • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

      635 West 165th Street
      New York, NY 10032
      Phone:
      (212) 305-9535
      Appointment:
      (212) 305-9535

    More Locations

    • Eastside Ophthalmology

      880 Third Avenue
      Floor: 2
      New York, NY 10022
      Phone:
      (212) 305-9535
      Appointment:
      (212) 305-9535
    • ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology

      15 West 65th Street
      Floor: 1
      New York, NY 10023
      Appointment:
      (212) 305-9535
      Fax:
      (212) 342-3932

    Biographical Detail

    Academic Appointments

    Current Administrative Positions

    • Director, Retina Division

    Education And Training

      Education & Training

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

    Gender

    Male

    Languages Spoken

    • French
    • German
    • Turkish
  2. 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.

    Research Information