Our Providers

Royce W.S. Chen, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Royce W.S. Chen, <span>MD</span>

Royce Chen, MD, is the Helen and Martin Kimmel Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center and Attending Ophthalmologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in surgical and medical management of vitreoretinal disease and uveitis. Dr. Chen also serves as the Associate Residency Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia.

Dr. Chen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Music and received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He then performed his ophthalmology residency at Columbia University, where he served as Chief Resident. This was followed by a 2-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, where he served as a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology.

He has received numerous honors, including a Heed Foundation Fellowship and recognition as a NYC Super Doctors Rising Star, 2015-2017.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Vascular Disorders
  • Retinal Holes and Tears
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Hole
  • Retinal Photography
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Retinal Vascular Occlusion
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinopathy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal and Vitreous Disorders

    Education & Training

  • MD, Tufts Univ School of Medicine
  • Internship: Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center
  • Residency: Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-5293
  • ColumbiaDoctors Third Avenue

    880 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-3932
  • 250 West 64th Street
    Floor: 3
    New York, NY 10023
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-3932

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

2015-2017 NYC Super Doctors Rising Star
2013 American Society of Retina Specialists Ambassador to the AAO Mid-Year Forum
2012 – 2013 Heed Foundation Fellowship
2011 – 2012  Chief Resident, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
2011 New York-Presbyterian Hospital Physician Champion Award
2010 Heed Foundation Residents Retreat
2007 Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship
2007 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology National Eye Institute Travel Grant