Laura J. Balcer, MD

About Me

A love of science and my grandmother’s stories about the people she worked with in a hospital made me want to become a doctor. At NYU Langone, I’ve found a wonderful environment, not only for our patients, but for the staff and trainees as well. One of my greatest joys since coming here in 2012 has been the opportunity to mentor and teach the next generation about neurology and the many fields to which it relates.

As a neuro-ophthalmologist, I specialize in treating patients with double vision and other vision problems related to changes in the brain, either due to conditions like multiple sclerosis or injuries such as concussions. I first listen to my patients’ concerns and questions. Then I tailor their treatment to ensure it’s best for them, their work, and their lifestyle.

It’s a pleasure collaborating with the interdisciplinary team at NYU Langone’s Concussion Center. I work with rehabilitation doctors, sports medicine experts, orthopaedists, psychiatrists, neuroradiologists, and physical and occupational therapists, and all of us share the common goal of providing our patients with the best possible care at the right time.

Research conducted at the Concussion Center has led to the addition of vision testing to both sideline assessment and more in-depth testing for concussion. Such tests, including the King-Devick (K-D) test, which is based on the amount of time it takes to perform rapid number naming, help to determine how the many visual pathways in the brain are affected by a concussion, and how we can better examine and treat athletes and other patients.

The K-D test is a vision test that can be administered on the sidelines of youth and collegiate sports. This test takes less than a minute and can allow coaches and parents to accurately gauge the likelihood that a child or young adult has a concussion.


Conditions and Treatments

brain concussion
Learn more about conditions we treat at NYU Langone:
Concussion

Credentials

Positions

  • Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Professor, Department of Population Health

Board Certifications

    2015
  • AB Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology

Education and Training

  • 1996
  • Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Fellowship, Hospital of The University Of Penn., Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • 1995
  • Residency, Hospital of The University Of Penn., Neurology
  • 1995
  • Residency, University of Pennsylvania, Neurology
  • 1991
  • MD from Johns Hopkins University

Departments

Locations and Appointments

43 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy NY
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • GHI CBP
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP EPO/PPO
  • HIP HMO
  • HIP Medicare
  • HIP POS
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Humana Medicare
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • Tricare
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.

NYU Neurology Associates
240 East 38th Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Contact

Phone: 212-263-7744

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“At NYU Langone, we are helping to develop the next generation of treatments for multiple sclerosis and concussion.”

Laura J. Balcer, MD  Neurologist

Publications

  • Quality control for retinal OCT in multiple sclerosis: validation of the OSCAR-IB criteria

    Schippling, S; Balk, Lj; Costello, F; Albrecht, P; Balcer, L; Calabresi, Pa; Frederiksen, Jl; Frohman, E; Green, Aj; Klistorner, A; Outteryck, O; Paul, F; Plant, Gt; Traber, G; Vermersch, P; Villoslada, P; Wolf, S; Petzold, A 2015 Feb; 163-170, Multiple sclerosis — id: 1466442, year: 2015, page: 163, stat: Journal Article
  • Diagnostic tests for concussion: is vision part of the puzzle?

    Ventura, Rachel E; Jancuska, Jeffrey M; Balcer, Laura J; Galetta, Steven L 2015 Mar; 73-81, Journal of neuroophthalmology — id: 1461962, year: 2015, page: 73, stat: Journal Article
  • Orbital compartment syndrome after head trauma Reply

    Ventura, Rachel E; Balcer, Laura; Galetta, Steven L 2015 FEB; 137-137, Lancet neurology — id: 1459622, year: 2015, page: 137
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