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Lama Al-Aswad, MD, Ophthalmology, New York, NY


Ophthalmology New York, NY

Cataract Related, Glaucoma Related

Professor of Ophthalmology NYU School of Medicine Langone Health

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  • Lama A. Al-Aswad, MD, MPH is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty in glaucoma and cataract with a strong interest in disease prevention and population health management. She is professor of ophthalmology and professor of population health at NYU Langone Health. She is also the Vice Chair for Innovations and the Director of Teleophthalmology, Artificial Intelligence and Director of the ophthalmology Innovations Fellowship. She received her medical degree from Damascus University Medical School and completed her glaucoma research fellowship at the MEEI, Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the SUNY Downstate and her glaucoma clinical fellowship at the University of Tennessee.
    In 2015, Dr. Al-Aswad conferred the degree of Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health for her work in healthcare policy and management.
    Dr. Al-Aswad is the past president of the NY Glaucoma Society and the WIO. She is the founder and past president of the New York chapter of WIO. She is currently a member at-large of the AAO annual meeting secretariat and the program committee. She served on multiple committees for the AGS, WIO and the AAO. She is currently on the Ophthalmology glaucoma, ophthalmology science and APJO editorial board. She holds an appointment with the FDA as a voting member on the ophthalmic device panel.
    Understanding the burden of disease and the need to improve access to care she expanded her interest to innovations and artificial intelligence. she launched the tele-ophthalmology screening project for the four-leading cause of blindness using a mobile tele-ophthalmology unit. Due to the changes during COVID, she built a vision app integrating it with Epic for patient use during virtual visits as part of a suite of apps for remote monitoring. She is currently working on building an an ophthalmology data core for ML as tool for blindness prevention.

Education & Training

  • Mailman school of public health Columbia University
    Mailman school of public health Columbia UniversityEMPH, Masters in health care policy and management , 2013 - 2015
  • University of Tennessee
    University of TennesseeFellowship, Glaucoma, 2002 - 2003
  • SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
    SUNY Health Science Center at BrooklynResidency, Ophthalmology, 1998 - 2001
  • Boston University Medical Center
    Boston University Medical CenterResidency, Internal Medicine, 1997 - 1998
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical SchoolFellowship, Glaucoma, 1995 - 1997
  • Damascus University Faculty of Medicine
    Damascus University Faculty of MedicineClass of 1993

Certifications & Licensure

  • CT State Medical License
    CT State Medical License Current
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2020 - 2024
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2001 - 2024
  • TN State Medical License
    TN State Medical License 2002 - 2004
  • American Board of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Distinguished Service Award Columbia University, Department of ophthalmology, 2019
  • Top Doctors: New York Metro Area Castle Connolly, 2014-2019
  • Achievement Award American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2012
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Other Languages

  • Arabic