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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology

Education and Training

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


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
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Medicare
  • 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

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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


  • Adding Vision to Concussion Testing: A Prospective Study of Sideline Testing in Youth and Collegiate Athletes

    Galetta, Kristin M; Morganroth, Jennifer; Moehringer, Nicholas; Mueller, Bridget; Hasanaj, Lisena; Webb, Nikki; Civitano, Courtney; Cardone, Dennis A; Silverio, Arlene; Galetta, Steven L; Balcer, Laura J 2015 Feb; 16-18, Journal of neuroophthalmology — id: 1480762, year: 2015, page: 16, stat: JOURNAL ARTICLE
  • The King-Devick test for sideline concussion screening in collegiate football

    Leong, Danielle F; Balcer, Laura J; Galetta, Steven L; Evans, Greg; Gimre, Matthew; Watt, David 2015 Jan; 46-48, Journal of optometry — id: 1456572, year: 2015, page: 46, stat: JOURNAL ARTICLE
  • Vision testing is additive to the sideline assessment of sports-related concussion

    Marinides, Z; Galetta, KM; Andrews, CN; Wilson, JA; Herman, DC; Robinson, CD; Smith, MS; Bentley, BC; Galetta, SL; Balcer, LJ; Clugston, JR 2015; 25-34, Neurology. Clinical practice — id: 1515822, year: 2015, page: 25
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