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NYU Langone Provider

Joel S. Schuman, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Glaucoma
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-2573
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My interest in medicine stems from my childhood—I grew up in a family of doctors and dentists, which influenced my decision to pursue a career in medicine. I chose to specialize in ophthalmology because I’ve always been curious about vision and how it is we’re able to see what we see. During college, I majored in what was then called psychology, but what would now be categorized as neuroscience, with a focus on visual perception. Ophthalmology combines all of my interests.

At NYU Langone’s Eye Center, I treat patients who have a variety of eye conditions, such as blurry vision, cataracts, and glaucoma. I see people who have glaucoma in all stages, from those who are seeking a definitive diagnosis to people whose glaucoma is progressing and require initial or additional surgery. When people do require surgery, I’m able to offer them the most advanced and minimally invasive care.

The Eye Center is dedicated to patient care and research, so in addition to treating patients, we’re active in clinical trials to develop new therapies and devices. We are not only using the latest surgical techniques but also pioneering them. Our aim is to provide people with the least invasive treatments for the best possible outcomes. We also prioritize education, and teach residents and fellows to be the future leaders in eye care and surgery.

In my own research, I am an inventor of optical coherence technology, which is used to measure eye structures in a noninvasive way. This technology is used around the world and has become the standard of care. For this invention, I am the proud recipient of the António Champalimaud Vision Award, which is the highest honor in the field of ophthalmology.

Conditions and Treatments

  • abnormal eye pressure
  • anatomical narrow angle
  • cataract
  • exfoliation syndrome
  • glaucoma
  • low tension glaucoma
  • cataract removal surgery
  • laser surgery

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology, 1990
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirm, Ophthalmology, 1990
  • Residency, Med College of Virginia Hosps, Ophthalmology, 1988
  • MD from Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai, 1984

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Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Eye Center

222 East 41st Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10017


imaging of the eye and visual system, regenerative ophthalmology, aqueous outflow, laser-tissue interactions

Research Summary

I was named Elaine Langone Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Langone Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in 2020. In 2016 I was appointed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology and a member of the Neuroscience Institute. In 2017 I became Professor of Neural Science in the Center for Neural Science at NYU. In 2018 I was named Professor and core faculty in the newly formed Department of Biomedical Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. I served as Chair of Ophthalmology for the NYU Langone Medical Center January, 2016 to September, 2020. Prior to that I served as department chair at University of Pittsburgh/UPMC 2003-2016. I have also been a residency program director and Chairman of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology (2016-2019). I served as Program Chair for the American Glaucoma Society, and founded the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology/International Society for Imaging in the Eye (ARVO/isie, now ARVO Imaging) and the Multidisciplinary Ophthalmic Imaging Group of ARVO. In addition, I co-chaired the International Glaucoma Symposium 1999 – 2007 and the World Glaucoma Congress 2007 – 2011.

My colleagues and I invented optical coherence tomography, a non-contact, non-invasive high resolution in vivo imaging device now standard of care for clinical use worldwide for the diagnosis and management of eye disease. We also were the first to identify a molecular marker for human glaucoma.

I am a busy ophthalmic surgeon and a productive researcher.  The NIH has continuously funded me as a principal investigator since 1995. While Ophthalmology Chair at University of Pittsburgh I created the interdisciplinary Fox Center for Vision Restoration at Pitt and UPMC, which joins clinicians, scientists and engineers working in regenerative ophthalmology.  I also developed a fellowship program to fund collaboration combining expertise in regenerative medicine and ophthalmology in postdoctoral training.

Academic Contact

Academic office

222 East 41st Street

4, Suite 468

New York, NY 10017





Lab Website

These focus areas and their associated publications are derived from PubMed and the MeSH term library. *
represents one publication
*Due to PubMed processing times, the most recent publications may not be reflected in the timeline.

  • A One Year Observational Investigation of Subjects with Open Angle Glaucoma And a Documented History of Progressive Visual Field Loss

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  • Relationship between the ocular microbiome and pseudoexfoliation syndrome

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  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Brain Reorganization and Sensory Substitution Use in Blind Adults

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  • Kenney, Rachel; Liu, Mengling; Hasanaj, Lisena; Joseph, Binu; Al-Hassan, Abdullah A; Balk, Lisanne; Behbehani, Raed; Brandt, Alexander U; Calabresi, Peter A; Frohman, Elliot M; Frohman, Teresa; Havla, Joachim; Hemmer, Bernhard; Jiang, Hong; Knier, Benjamin; Korn, Thomas; Leocani, Letizia; Martínez-Lapiscina, Elena H; Papadopoulou, Athina; Paul, Friedemann; Petzold, Axel; Pisa, Marco; Villoslada, Pablo; Zimmermann, Hanna; Ishikawa, Hiroshi; Schuman, Joel S; Wollstein, Gadi; Chen, Yu; Saidha, Shiv; Thorpe, Lorna E; Galetta, Steven L; Balcer, Laura J

    Journal of neuro-ophthalmology. 2022 Dec 01; 42(4):442-453

  • Wei, Junchao; Hua, Yi; Yang, Bin; Wang, Bo; Schmitt, Samantha E; Wang, Bingrui; Lucy, Katie A; Ishikawa, Hiroshi; Schuman, Joel S; Smith, Matthew A; Wollstein, Gadi; Sigal, Ian A

    Translational vision science & technology. 2022 Dec 01; 11(12):1

  • Kenney, Rachel C; Liu, Mengling; Hasanaj, Lisena; Joseph, Binu; Al-Hassan, Abdullah Abu; Balk, Lisanne J; Behbehani, Raed; Brandt, Alexander; Calabresi, Peter A; Frohman, Elliot; Frohman, Teresa C; Havla, Joachim; Hemmer, Bernhard; Jiang, Hong; Knier, Benjamin; Korn, Thomas; Leocani, Letizia; Martinez-Lapiscina, Elena Hernandez; Papadopoulou, Athina; Paul, Friedemann; Petzold, Axel; Pisa, Marco; Villoslada, Pablo; Zimmermann, Hanna; Thorpe, Lorna E; Ishikawa, Hiroshi; Schuman, Joel S; Wollstein, Gadi; Chen, Yu; Saidha, Shiv; Galetta, Steven; Balcer, Laura J

    Neurology. 2022 Sep 13; 99(11):e1100-e1112

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