Dr. Robert Ritch holds the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and is Surgeon Director and Chief of Glaucoma Services at the New
York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York City and Professor of Ophthalmology at The New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. He has devoted his career to broadening our understanding of the nature of glaucoma and innovation in the medical, laser, and surgical treatment of glaucoma.
Dr. Ritch received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College and an M.A. in cell biology from Harvard University. He received his M.D. from Albert Einstein School of Medicine and, after an internship at St. Vincent's Medical Center and a residency in Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he received fellowships in glaucoma from the Heed Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a member of more than 35 scientific and medical societies. Dr. Ritch has been President of the Ophthalmic Laser Surgical Society, the New York Glaucoma Society, the Section on Ophthalmology of the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology. He serves on numerous medical and scientific advisory and editorial boards and is a member of the Glaucoma Research Society, the Steering Committee of the World Glaucoma Association, the Advisory Board of Helen Keller International, and the Board of Governors of the International Society for Imaging in the Eye.
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
American College of Surgeons
New York Academy of Medicine
Awards and Publications
Ophthalmologist of the Year
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation
Gold Medal of Merit and Honour of A. Anagnostakis and A. Trantas 1998 Greek Glaucoma Society
1998 Louis Rudin Award for Research in Glaucoma
Man of the Year
The Glaucoma Foundation 2000
Helen Keller Foundation 2000
Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Achievement 2000
John Kearny Rodgers Physician of the Year Award New York Eye and Ear Infirmary 2005
Albion O. Bernstein
MD Award of the Medical Soc State of N.Y. 2006
American Academy Ophthalmology Lifetime Achievement Honor Award 2007
Leaders in Education in Ophthalmology (LEO award) Am Acad Ophthalmol 2007
Dean’s Distinguished Research Award
New York Medical College 2007
TKC Liu Memorial Award for Leadership in Ophthalmology
Hong Kong 2008
Glaucoma Foundation Award for Innovation and Excellence in Glaucoma. 2008
Ronald F. Lowe Gold Medal of the Australia-New Zealand Ophthalmol Soc 2008
Dominick Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Annual Award 2009 Albert Einstein College of Medicine
ARVO Distinguished Service Award 2009
HRH Abdul Aziz Prevention of Blindness Award
Saudi Arabia 2010
1400 medical and scientific papers and presentations
ARVO Gold Fellow 2009
Jose Rizal International Medal 2011
Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2011
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Patient Reviews for Robert Ritch, MD
Less than a year agoby Jia O. (Verified Patient)
Dr. Robert Ritch is the best ophthalmologist of the world! I'll strongly recommend him to my friends and colleagues in China.
September 12, 2013by Denise M. (Verified Patient)
Dr Ritch is the pre eminent specialist worldwide on the treatment of glacouma... Notwithstanding his very hectic schedule, he was incredibly thorough and ultimately saved my eyesight!! i am a 62 year old Aussie, former athlete visiting NY, and feel privileged to have been treated by this great man... He is a truly a great American and a wonderful asset to your country!!!
December 18, 2012by a Verified Patient
Series of tests. But at the end I did not get a thorough review of the state of my issues. Dr Robert apparently was just hopping in and out. I would have expected a review and way forward.