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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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Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Blocked Tear Duct
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Hypotony of Eye
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Tear Duct Disorders
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Biopsy of Cornea
Cataract Removal Surgery
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
Repair of Eye Laceration
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
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University Of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
Medical School | Graduated 2010
Internship Hospital | Completed 2011
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015
Other Education | Completed 2006
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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