Jonas Children's Vision Care




Jonas Children’s Vision Care is a first-of-its-kind, integrated effort to prevent and treat blindness and other serious eye disorders in children that will draw upon Columbia Ophthalmology’s many strengths. Those include strong clinical care from infancy throughout life, genetic testing of individuals with eye disease for diagnosis and treatment, the resources of a wide array of laboratories, and the University’s many initiatives in an interdisciplinary field called translational research. In addition, the project will help establish a state-of-the-art pediatric ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging center at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Jonas Children's Vision Care is jointly sponsored by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund and the Department of Ophthlamology at Columbia University Medical Center. 



About Jonas Family Fund

The Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund was established in 2005 with monies raised through an auction at Christie’s of a portion of the family’s noted contemporary art collection. The Fund’s lead initiative is the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, a first-of-its-kind philanthropic program dedicated to advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Other areas of focus include environmental health and low vision and blindness. To date, the Jonas Family Fund has awarded $25 million in grants.


The Jonas Program Team

Steven Brooks, MD - Medical Director 

Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD - Research Director

Lisa Hark, PhD, RD - Administrative Director



In the Media

 January 10, 2017 - Jonas Gift: A Legacy For Children's Vision, Jonas Center.

September 20, 2017 - The Importance of Getting Your Kids' Vision Checked, U.S. News & World Report.



Images from the 2017 Jonas Children's Vision Care Ribbon Cutting (l-to-r): 1.) The Jonas Family with
Dr. Jack Cioffi; 2. Mr. Donald Jonas  speaking, 3.) Dr. Stephen Tsang with Mrs. Barbara Jonas and son.