Our Providers

Lama A. Al-Aswad, MD, MPH
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Lama A. Al-Aswad, <span>MD, MPH</span>

Dr. Lama A. Al-Aswad is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC. In addition to her clinical work, she currently serves as the Institute’s glaucoma fellowship director, and is responsible for training both national and international glaucoma fellows.

She received her medical degree from Damascus University, Syria, and completed a research fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. She went on to finish her ophthalmology residency at State University of New York, Downstate at Brooklyn where, in her last year of residency, she served as Chief Resident. She completed her Glaucoma Fellowship at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. 

In 2015, Dr. Al-Aswad was also conferred the degree Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health for her work in healthcare policy and management.

Dr. Al-Aswad served on the Medical Advisory Board for the USA ANIRIDIA NETWORK from 2004 to 2009. In addition to being a POC and Self-Assessment Panel Member (Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus) American Academy of Ophthalmology from 2004 to 2006, she also served on the Provision Development committee of the AAO from 2005 to 2006. Dr. Al-Aswad has been the director of the glaucoma screening program at Columbia University and served on the Columbia BSCS committee since 2006. She has served on a multitude of other committees as well, including the Columbia University Implementation of the Academic Tracks committee, Woman in Ophthalmology committee and Glaucoma 360 Program committee.

Dr. Al-Aswad has received multiple awards, the most recent of which is Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2012 and the Visionary Award for Hospital Based Screening Programs from the Friends of the Congressional Caucus Foundation in 2011.

In addition, Dr. Al-Aswad is involved in multiple clinical trials as a principle investigator or co-investigator, and has published in major peer-reviewed journals. She has published book chapters and teaching surgical videos in glaucoma as well.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Complex Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma Laser Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery

    Education & Training

  • Damascus University School of Medicine, Syria
  • MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Internship: Boston Medical Center
  • Residency: State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center
  • Fellowship: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Locations

  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

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

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

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]
  • POMCO [POMCO]
  • 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

2012 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2011 Visionary Award for Hospital Based Screening Programs, Friends of the Congressional Caucus Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration

2011 New York Super Doctors, New York Times Magazine                      

2010 New York Super Doctors, New York Times Magazine

2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Exemplary Service as an Editor, Eye Wiki/American Academy of Ophthalmology

2009 New York Super Doctors, New York Times Magazine

2009 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Glaucoma Screenings in New York City, Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation

2008 New York Super Doctors, New York Times Magazine

2008 Certificate of Appreciation, Invaluable Contribution to the success of Phase I of the Noor Dubai Initiative

2004 Rookie Teaching Award