Dr. Danielle Trief, MD

Dr. Danielle Trief, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
34 y/o
Insurances Accepted

Accepting new patients

Danielle Trief MD MSc, is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Trief specializes in the medical and surgical management of cornea, pediatric cornea, cataract, and external diseases. Her surgical expertise includes corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, secondary intraocular lens placement, anterior segment reconstruction, and laser vision correction. Dr. Trief received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Thoroun Fellowship to pursue a Masters of Neuroscience at Oxford University. At Oxford, she published on neuroplasticity following stroke and graduated with honors. She completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear infirmary and subsequently pursued a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary under the direction of Drs. John Seedor and David Ritterband. Dr. Trief has published numerous articles, book chapters, and teaching videos on adult and pediatric cornea. She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on her research topics. She is dedicated to the well being of her patients and understands the role that vision can play in everyday life. She grew up volunteering at her mother's preschool, a school for visually impaired and blind children. Dr. Trief is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Cornea Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

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Accepted insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Experience for Dr. Trief

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Top Care Areas for Dr. Trief by Patient Volume


Cornea Surgery

Dr. Trief's volume for this procedure ranks within the 53rd percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to her peers.



Corneal Abrasion or Laceration

Dr. Trief's volume for this condition ranks within the 24th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to her peers.


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How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.

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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Eye Infections
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Ulcer


  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Eye Laceration

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
  • Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2010
  • Lankenau Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • New York Eye And Ear Infirmary
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015
  • Oxford University
    Other Education | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Trief has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Trief's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Trief to family and friends
based on 5 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Trief's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in New York, NY |
Couldn't have asked for a better doctor. Dr. Trief is extremely knowledgable, helpful and truly cares about her patients.
in Brooklyn, NY |
Dr. Trief is an exemplary doctor and medical professional. She is an expert in her field and treats patients with first class service. She is compassionate in her demeanor and thoughtful in her approach, always taking time to answer my ignorant patient questions. Dr Trief always makes sure I leave feeling informed and aware of recommended next steps and course of action. I appreciate her combination of extensive knowledge and kind, patient bedside manner.
Had cataract surgery done by another doc, with mixed results. Went to Trief for eval and to see if anything needed to be done. She was very defensive; more interested in protecting the doc who did the surgery than in my well being. I asked her why my vision is decreasing each month. She said 'I never said that, you said that.' I said I have with me a letter from an optician showing the values. She shrugged her shoulders and said 'well then I guess I have to look at that.' Very disappointing.
New York, NY |
Dr. Trief was great and patient at explaining what was wrong with my eye and what my options were for treatment.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Trief is an excellent medical provider and surgeon. She performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes and the results are outstanding. I have much better vision than before my surgery! She is compassionate and caring and went above and beyond to educate me on my condition. I felt completely safe under the care of Dr. Trief and would recommend her to other patients. If you are looking for an engaged provider who truly cares about the well-being of her patients, look no further!
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Dr. Trief accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Prism Blue Priority EPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty

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