Our Providers

Leejee H. Suh, MD
  • Miranda Wong Tang Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
  • Director, Refractive Surgery Service
  • Director, Cornea Fellowship Program
  • Director, Cornea Service
Leejee H. Suh, <span>MD</span>

Leejee H. Suh, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, is the Director of both the Laser Vision Correction Center and the Cornea Fellowship Program at Columbia University's Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute. Her surgical specialties include LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), PTK (Phototherapeutic Keratectomy), cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, and corneal transplantation.

She received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center and received her fellowship training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Hospitals, where she was a faculty member in the Division of Cornea and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Suh brings to Columbia her experience from the top ophthalmological institutions in the country, with an extensive background in cataract, corneal, and refractive surgery. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on corneal conditions and is active in clinical research. Her clinical research interests are in keratoconus research and treatments, namely Corneal Collagen Crosslinking and intracorneal ring segments (i.e. Intacs). She is currently a Principal Investigator for the Corneal Collagen Crosslinking trial for the treatment of keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia at Columbia University. She has also studied novel methods of refractive surgery, such as the use of the femtosecond laser for astigmatic correction, different flap creations for LASIK, and use of the femtosecond laser for partial and full thickness corneal transplantation. Finally, she participated in many early studies of a new type of partial corneal transplantation, called endothelial keratoplasty, or Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK or DSEK), which has dramatically changed the face of surgical treatments for corneal diseases.

Dr. Suh has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Asian-Pacific Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). She is an active reviewer for such journals as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, Eye, and Cornea. Dr. Suh continues to lecture nationally and internationally on her research and experience.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Laser Surgery
  • Corneal/External Diseases
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cataract
  • Laser Vision Correction Surgery
  • Cornea and External Eye Disease
  • LASIK Surgery
  • Corneal Transplantation

Languages Spoken

  • Korean

    Education & Training

  • MD, New York University School of Medicine
  • Internship: 2003 Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Locations

  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    Floor: 1
    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: 3
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (212) 201-4129

Practices And Centers

  • Ophthalmology

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

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]
  • 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

2006 Fellow, Society of Heed Fellows, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation

2005 Walter J. Stark Research Grant Award, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Project Title: Genetic Modification of Human Corneal Endothelial Cells and Establishment of in vitro Model of Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy

2005 Eye Bank Association of America Research Grant Award.  Project Title: Use of Cell Culture Media and Human Amniotic Fluid for Proliferation of Endothelium on Eyebank Corneas

2005 Mitchell Prize for Resident Research, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Project Title: Establishment and Characterization of Human Corneal Endothelial Cell Culture.  Awarded first place prize of $10,000.

2005 Peter J. McDonnell Research Grant Award, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Project Title: Establishment and Characterization of Human Corneal Endothelial Cell Culture

2002 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

2002 Honors in Neuroscience and Physiology with Doctor of Medicine

2002 American Medical Women’s Association Achievement Award

1997 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

1997 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

1992 NIH High School Research Apprenticeship Program Award, Stuyvesant High School

Publications

Publications:

Amescua G, Stanciu N, Albini TA, Miller D, Forster RK, Suh LH.  Management and outcome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratoscleritis and scleritis (in preparation).

Amescua G, Miller D, Suh LH, Forster RK.  Outbreak of Paecilomyces keratitis in South Florida (submitted to Cornea).

Abbey AM, Shah NV, Forster RK, Suh LH.  Bipolaris Infectious Scleritis (submitted to BJO).

Pouyeh B, Feuer W, Yoo SH, Shi W, Suh LH.  Refractive Stability after DSAEK.  Ophthalmology 2012;119(10):2190.

Suh LH, Abou Shousha M, Ventura RU, Kieval JZ, Perez VL, Wang J, Dubovy SR, Rosenfeld SI, Culbertson WW, Alfonso EC, Forster RK. Epithelial ingrowth after Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty: Description of cases and assessment with anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Cornea 2011;30(5):528-34.

Chang V, Karp CL, Yoo SH, Ide T, Budenz DL, Kovach JL, Suh LH. Mycobacterium abscessus endophthalmitis after Descemet’s stripping with automated endothelial keratoplasty.  Cornea 2010;29(5):586-9.

Suh LH, Barron J, Dubovy SR, Fell J, Ledee DR, Miller D, Forster RK.  Ocular Rhinosporidiosis as a cause of chronic follicular conjunctivitis.  Arch Ophthalmol 2009;127(8):1076-7.

Suh LH, Dawson DG, Mutapcic L, Rosenfeld SI, Culbertson WW, Yoo SH, O’Brien TP, Dubovy SR.  Histopathologic examination of failed grafts in Descemet’s Stripping with Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK).  Ophthalmology 2009;116(4):603-8.

Suh LH, Yoo SH, Deobhakta A, Donaldson KE, Alfonso, EC, Culbertson WW, & O’Brien TP.  Complications of Descemet’s Stripping with Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK): Survey of 118 Eyes at One Institute.  Ophthalmology 2008;115(9):1517-24.

Suh LH, Kymionis GD, Culbertson WW, O’Brien TP, Yoo SH. Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) in aphakic eyes. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(2):268-70

Kymionis GD, Portaliou DM, Bouzoukis DI, Suh LH, Pallikaris AI, Markomanolakis M, Yoo SH.  Herpetic keratitis with iritis after corneal crosslinking with riboflavin and ultraviolet A for keratoconus. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007;33(11):1982-84.

Kymionis GD, Suh LH, O’Brien TP, Dubovy SR, Yoo SH.  Diagnosis of residual Descemet’s membrane after Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) with anterior segment optical coherence tomography.  J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007;33(7):1322-4.

Suh LH, Zhang C, Chuck RS, Stark WJ, Naylor S, Binley K, Chakravarti S, Jun AS. Cryopreservation and lentiviral-mediated genetic modification of human primary cultured corneal endothelial cells.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007;48(7):3056-61.

Suh LH, Sweeney, DA, Jun AS.  A 33 year old man with a white pupil. Clin Infect Dis 2006;43:1043-1044, 1081-1082.

Segal NH, Blachere NE, Shiu HY, Suh LH, Antonescu CR, Lewis JJ, Wolchok JD, Houghton AN.  Antigens recognized by autologous antibodies of patients with soft tissue sarcoma.  Cancer Immun 2005;5(4):1-7.

Suh LH, Oster SF, Soehrman SS, Grenningloh G, & Sretavan DW. L1/Laminin modulation of growth cone response to EphB triggers growth pauses and regulates the microtubule destabilizing protein SCG10. J Neuroscience 2004;24(8):1976-86. 

Book Chapters:

Suh LH, Dave SB, Culbertson WW.  “Medical Evaluation, Management, and Planning Anterior Lamellar Surgery for Corneal and Anterior Segment Conditions” chapter in Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography.  Slack, 2007.

Suh LH, Culbertson WW.  “Use of Anterior Chamber Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) and Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)” chapter in Posterior Lamellar Keratoplasty. Jaypee Bros, 2007.

Suh LH, Emerson MV, Jun AS.  “Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy” chapter in Essentials in Ophthalmology-Cornea and External Disease, Springer, 2007.

Suh LH, Behrens A, McDonnell PJ. “Surface Ablation: Techniques and Postoperative Management” chapter in Brightbill’s Corneal Surgery: Theory, Technique, and Tissue, Fourth Edition.  Elsevier, 2006.

Suh LH & Akpek EK. “Corneal Gluing” chapter in AAO Basic Skills in Ophthalmic Surgery Manual.

Suh LH & Chuck RS. “Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation” chapter in AAO Basic Techniques and Ophthalmic Surgery Manual.

Chuck RS, Suh LH, Suwan-apichon O, Reyes JM. “Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation” chapter in Dry Eye: A Practical Guide to Ocular Surface Disorders and Stem Cell Surgery.  Slack, 2006.

Suh LH, Akpek EK, Stark WJ, John T.  “Tectonic Lamellar Keratoplasty for Mooren’s and Mooren’s like Corneal Ulcers” chapter in Surgical Techniques in Anterior and Posterior Lamellar Corneal Surgery.  Jaypee Bros., 2006.