Robison V. Paul Chan, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Robison V. Paul Chan, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Medicine is a way of life, a passion to provide excellence in patient care, research and education. It is my mission to give my patients state-of-the-art care for vitreoretinal disease in the most compassionate and caring manner. Through research we are able to remain leaders in our field and be at the forefront of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. And through education we have the opportunity to train future leaders in Ophthalmology. I feel that training those who will live and practice beyond us is one of the most important legacies we can leave. Through our mentorship, future physicians will be equipped with the knowledge to provide the very best in patient care.

Robison V. Paul Chan, M.D., M.S.C., F.A.C.S., an Associate Attending Ophthalmologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, discusses a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity that affects babies born prematurely. Dr. Chan specializes in treating this disease.


Dr. Chan is the St. Giles Associate Professor of Pediatric Retina, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Retina Service at Weill Cornell Medical College. He also serves as Division Chief of Ophthalmology at New York Downtown Hospital. Dr. Chan is a board certified ophthalmologist whose clinical practice involves the surgical and medical management of adult and pediatric vitreo-retinal disease.

Dr. Chan received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his MD from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and received a Masters in Clinical Investigation at Weill Cornell Medical College. After completing his Ophthalmology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City, he went on to a Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School where he was Chief Clinical Fellow of the Retina Service. Dr. Chan then rejoined the Department of Ophthalmology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Chan's clinical interests focus on diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, which includes: pediatric retinal disease; diabetic eye disease; macular degeneration; retinal vascular disease; endophthalmitis; intraocular tumors; retinal detachment surgery; retained lens fragment removal; trauma; and macular surgery (e.g. epiretinal membrane peeling and macular hole surgery).

Dr. Chan's primary research interests focus on the pathogenesis and management of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). He received an NIH K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award from Weill Cornell Medical College and works with numerous investigators worldwide to address the growing burden of ROP. Dr. Chan also runs the retinopathy of prematurity service at Weill Cornell Medical Center and has numerous clinical projects and collaborations studying ROP. He serves as a scientific reviewer to several major journals and has participated as a co-investigator in numerous clinical trials and laboratory investigations. He has presented the findings of his research worldwide and has been an invited speaker at local, national, and international meetings.

Dr. Chan also has a keen interest in international healthcare and Ophthalmology, and is currently involved in helping establish clinical, teaching, and research collaborations in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

As Fellowship Director of the surgical vitreo-retinal program at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Chan provides direct supervision and instruction of medical students, ophthalmology residents, and vitreo-retinal fellows. Dr. Chan has also been an invited lecturer at the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, the Kevin Hill Course, the Greater New York Ophthalmology Clinical Lecture Series, and the Ophthalmology Basic Science Course of Columbia University.

He has won numerous academic awards including a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship, and the Paul Kayser International Fellowship. Recognized as a gifted educator, Dr. Chan was awarded teacher of the year by the Ophthalmology residents at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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