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Dr. Robert Ritch

Dr. Robert Ritch MD


Credentials of Dr. Robert Ritch MD


  • Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, Residency in Ophthalmology
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital (Fellowship)

Hospital Affiliations

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Memberships

  • American Ophthamological Society
  • International Council of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • New York Academy of Medicine

Awards and Publications

  • Gold Medal of Merit and Honour of A. Anagnostakis and A. Trantas 1998 Greek Glaucoma Society
  • 1998 Louis Rudin Award for Research in Glaucoma
  • Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Achievement 2000
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ophthalmologist of the Year Heed Ophthalmic Foundation
  • Man of the Year The Glaucoma Foundation 2000
  • Honoree Helen Keller Foundation 2000
  • John Kearny Rodgers Physician of the Year Award
  • Albion O. Bernstein MD Award of the Medical Soc State of N.Y.
  • El-Maghraby International Award 2012
  • Ahti Tarkkanen Medal of the Nordic Opthalmologic Congress 2012
  • Inaugural Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society International Award 2012
  • American Glaucoma Society Guest of Honor 2013
  • ARVO Gold Fellow 2009
  • World Glaucoma Association Recognition Award 2013
  • Jose Rizal International Medal 2011
  • Moacyr Alvaro Gold Medal of Brazil 2014
  • Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2011
  • Guest of Honor, Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Congress, Hong Kong 2014

Professional Statement

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.

In 1996, Dr. Ritch received the Heed Ophthalmic

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