Our Providers

Danielle Trief, MD, MSc
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Danielle Trief, <span>MD, MSc</span>

Danielle Trief MD MSc, is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Trief specializes in the medical and surgical management of cornea, pediatric cornea, cataract, and external diseases. Her surgical expertise includes corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, secondary intraocular lens placement, anterior segment reconstruction, and laser vision correction.

Dr. Trief received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Thoroun Fellowship to pursue a Masters of Neuroscience at Oxford University. At Oxford, she published on neuroplasticity following stroke and graduated with honors. She completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear infirmary and subsequently pursued a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary under the direction of Drs. John Seedor and David Ritterband.

Dr. Trief has published numerous articles, book chapters, and teaching videos on adult and pediatric cornea. She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on her research topics. She is dedicated to the well being of her patients and understands the role that vision can play in everyday life. She grew up volunteering at her mother’s preschool, a school for visually impaired and blind children. Dr. Trief is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Cornea Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Laser Surgery
  • Corneal/External Diseases
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Cornea and External Eye Disease
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Cataract
  • Pterygium
  • Refractive Eye Surgery
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • Anterior Segment Surgery

    Education & Training

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • MSc, Neuroscience, Oxford University (United Kingdom)
  • Internship: Lankenau Hospital
  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Locations

  • CD Third Avenue Office

    880 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (212) 201-4129
  • CUMC/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
  • 250 West 64th Street
    Floor: 3
    New York, NY 10023
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    Fax:
    (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]
  • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • 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), Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • 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]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

2013 ASCRS Foundation resident excellency award
2013 Resident ambassador to AAO mid-year forum
2010 Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award
2005-2006 The Thouron Fellowship
2005 Penn Student Agency Award of Merit