Dr. Edwin M. Schottenstein is one of New York City's top board-certified ophthalmologists. His status as board certified means that he has completed years of rigorous training in specialized surgery, vision preservation, and restoration. He is accepted as a diplomat by the prestigious American Board of Ophthalmology. He is also a respected fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a designation given to accomplished surgeons. His private practice, located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, focuses on comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, and helping patients with ophthalmic manifestations of diabetes. He has practiced ophthalmology in Manhattan since 1985. For over 35 years, Dr. Schottenstein has provided compassionate and thorough care for his patients. His attention to detail and willingness to spend the extra time with patients to resolve their needs is the guiding principle of his entire staff and truly sets his practice apart from others. Dr. Edwin M. Schottenstein is one of New York City’s top board-certified ophthalmologists, completing years of rigorous training in specialized surgery, vision preservation, and restoration. His private practice, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, focuses on comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, and helping patients with ophthalmic manifestations of diabetes. Visit his website at www.eyedoctornycnow.com for more information.
Education and Training
Leland Stanford Jr. University A.B. 1975
Medical College Of Ohio M.D. 1978
OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyABO
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Senior Attending Surgeon The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai 2005 - Present
- Assistant Clinical Professor New York University 2010 - Present
- Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification 2012 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Fellow (FACS) 2005 American College of Surgeons
- Fellow (FAAO) 1985 American Academy of Ophthalmology
- President's List 1974 Stanford University
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Hole
- Type 2 Diabetes
- New York Glaucoma Society
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- New York County Medical Society
- American Glaucoma Society
- New York State Medical Society
- New York State Ophthalmologic Society
- American College of Surgeons
- Hahnemann Univ Hosp, Ophthalmology; Riverside Methodist Hosp, Flexible Or Transitional Year
- Riverside Methodist Hospitals (OhioHealth) Program
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Maccabi European Games 2019
- LipiflowRefractive Cataract Extraction and Intraocular Implantation Micro Incisional Glaucoma SurgeryCataract and Implant Surgery Ophthalmic Laser and Microsurgery
- New York University Physicians NetworkStaff Society of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
Teaching and speaking
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology New York University Department of OphthalmologyThe New York Eye and Ear InfirmaryJoint Commission n Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
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Get to know Ophthalmologist Dr. Edwin M. Schottenstein, who serves patients in New York, New York.
Having treated thousands of patients with high-quality visual care, Dr. Edwin Schottenstein is one of New York City’s top board-certified ophthalmologists. He can provide patients with a comprehensive selection of eye care services that can improve their vision, boost their visual health, and even provide them with a higher quality of life.
Having been practicing ophthalmology in Manhattan since 1985, his private practice in the Upper West Side focuses on comprehensive eye exams, cataract surgery, Implant Surgery, Femtosecond Laser Assisted Phacoemulsification, Refractive Intraocular lens Implantation, YAG capsulotomy, glaucoma treatment, Microsurgical Glaucoma Surgery, Durysta Glaucoma Implantation, Lipiflow Dry Eye Treatment and other dry eye procedures, limbal relaxing incisions, refractive cataract surgery, and treatment of ophthalmic manifestations of diabetes. He provides compassionate and thorough care for his patients, with attention to detail and spends time with his patients to attend to their eye health. His attention to detail and willingness to spend the extra time with patients to resolve their needs is the guiding principle of his entire staff and truly sets his practice apart from others.
A trusted eye doctor in the community, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Attending Ophthalmologist at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. He is also an Attending Surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, where he participates in their highly respected glaucoma and trauma services.
Born in 1953 in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Schottenstein was influenced by his father, Harold Schottenstein, who graduated from Ohio State University at the age of 19 with a degree in pharmacy. Since at the time, the state of Ohio required that one be 21 to be a licensed pharmacist, Harold Schottenstein enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a medic, storming the beaches of Normandy on D Day, under the leadership of General George Patton and more directly under Colonel Dr. Robert Milton Zollinger, discoverer of a refractory ulcer disease called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Pertaining to his educational background, Dr. Schottenstein graduated from Bexley High School, a public school with many notable alumni, one of which is Judah Folkman, M.D., whose sentinel research led to the discovery of bevacizumab (Avastin), treatment for colon cancer and a similar drug, Ranibizumab (Lucentis), treatment for macular degeneration. Subsequently, Dr. Schottenstein graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree from Leland Stanford Jr. University (Stanford University) in 1975. At Stanford, Dr. Schottenstein was mentored by Dr. Donald Kennedy, Professor and Chairman of his Major, Human Biology. While working with Dr. Kennedy, who subsequently went on to become President of Stanford University and editor of the Journal Science, Dr. Schottenstein presented his original research that led to the cure, without the use of pesticides, of cotton blight in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He earned a position on the prestigious President’s List of Stanford. Three years later, in 1978, he earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo). Furthering his training, he received his residency training in ophthalmology at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) and also studied as a glaucoma subspecialist under Robert Ritch, M.D. by completing a fellowship at the prestigious The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. As a private practitioner, Dr. Schottenstein collaborated with Dr. Ritch in writing two editions of a three-volume textbook entitled The Glaucomas, Mosby.
Staying up to date with the latest advancements in the field, he participates in thousands of hours of continuing education courses. He has completed extensive training and has experience in providing comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages from infants to seniors. Lecturing in ophthalmology to physicians in the medical community, Dr. Schottenstein has dedicated many years of his professional life to the continued education of both students and his fellow colleagues in ophthalmology. He not only stays current with the latest ophthalmologic advancement of knowledge and ophthalmic procedures, but he is also a mentor and a teacher to those who have followed him. Dr. Schottenstein has played an integral part in the training and development of over 400 ophthalmic surgeons, including the current Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and current Chairperson of The Manhattan Eye Ear and Nose Hospital. In addition, he has written numerous articles for medical journals and chapters for textbooks about comprehensive ophthalmology and glaucoma care.
Committed to improving eyesight and ensuring optimal visual health, Dr. Schottenstein is board-certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology. His status as board-certified means that he has completed years of rigorous training in specialized surgery, vision preservation, and restoration.
In good standing with several professional organizations, he is a member of the New York Glaucoma Society, the New York County Medical Society, the American Glaucoma Society, the New York State Medical Society, and the New York State Ophthalmological Society.
Maintaining fellowship status, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO). In his free time, he enjoys Traveling, Reading, Hiking, Tennis, Designing Houses, and Acting. He represented the United States in both singles and doubles in the Master’s Division of Team U.S.A. The Tennis Team in the European Maccabi Games held July 29-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr. Schottenstein’s philosophy is to provide a careful, conservative, and thorough approach to delivering high quality eye care. He firmly believes that for many, there are alternative treatment methods available to preserve and restore optimum vision. Surgery is only considered if absolutely necessary. He seeks to provide each patient with the compassionate and personalized eye care they come to expect and deserve. He takes the time necessary to answer any questions you may have to ensure you have the necessary information to make an informed decision about your treatment. He will create a customized treatment plan to meet your individual needs and desires. He makes every effort to provide open communication. He promises to speak candidly with you about symptoms, your diagnosis, alternative treatments that may exist, and his recommendations. He wants to ensure you are thoroughly informed so you can make an educated decision about your treatment. Working together with his patients, he strives to achieve a true partnership, with one common goal – keeping your eyes healthy and your vision as clear and sharp as possible. His motto is “ If anyone can help you, he can.”
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. They may provide routine care such as vision testing, as well as prescribe and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery.
Dr. Schottenstein takes pride in the high standard of care that he strives to provide his patients each day and is confident that he will meet or exceed all your expectations. It is his mission to provide his patients with the most advanced and comprehensive and compassionate eye care available, and this is the reason why Dr. Schottenstein is recognized as a leader in providing high quality ophthalmic care to the residents and visitors of New York City.
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