Dr. David Abramson, MD

Dr. David Abramson, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 74
Dr. David Abramson, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in New York, NY. He graduated from Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University and specializes in ophthalmology.

1275 York Ave

New York, NY 10065

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • QualCare

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Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eye Cancer
very high
more than 97% of peers
Retina Diseases
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Abramson "I am an ophthalmic oncologist and the first Chief of the Ophthalmic Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Ophthalmic oncologists are ophthalmologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer on the surface of the eye, in the eye, and in the tissues around the eye (lids, orbit). My appointment is a joint one in Surgery, Pediatrics, and Radiation Oncology. I perform all the surgery on ophthalmic oncology patients at MSK but in every case work closely with my colleagues in Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology, and Medicine. We are the only service dedicated to ophthalmic oncology in a cancer hospital in the US; and, because of our close association with these other services, we are able to offer coordinated, state-of-the-art care with access to novel therapies and clinical trials not available anywhere else in the country.

After completing a residency in ophthalmology and a full year of research involving ultrasound and cancer of the eye, I did a fellowship in ophthalmic oncology and also spent additional time training at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC.

I have had extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in and around the eye. Cancers in and around the eye are usually diagnosed without biopsy; and since all cancers in my area are rare, experience is very important in arriving at the correct diagnosis every time. To assist me, we have the latest in diagnostic digital imaging and ultrasound, including standardized A and B scan in addition to high frequency anterior segment ultrasound ('ultrasonic biomicroscopy,' or UBM).

I have published more than 400 books, chapters, original articles, scientific reviews, audiotapes, and videotapes, and I was the editor of the American Academy's instruction book on Ophthalmic Oncology. I have delivered more than 400 lectures worldwide, including in France, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.

The most common cancer we see is melanoma in the eye. We offer every modern diagnostic and therapeutic option for these cancers, including brachytherapy ('plaques') with radioactive iodine and ruthenium. I work closely with our radiation oncologists, and our physicists and brachytherapy team are internationally respected for their expertise. Every plaque therapy is individually designed for each patient. I was a principal investigator (and author) of the 20-year NIH-sponsored trial called the COMS (Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study), in which we demonstrated the most effective management of patients with ocular melanomas.

I have been described as 'the Dean of Retinoblastoma,' and our retinoblastoma center is the longest continually operating retinoblastoma center in the world, with the longest follow-up of the largest number of patients ever. We have a newly constructed examination suite dedicated to the examinations of children with retinoblastoma, and in it is every modern piece of equipment that exists to diagnose and treat retinoblastoma. I have introduced many new treatments for retinoblastoma that have been adopted by other centers worldwide. These include the novel use of chemotherapy delivered around the eye to prevent systemic toxicity of intravenous medication. Our studies on the long-term complications of cancer diathesis in this disease have been published extensively in JAMA as well as ophthalmic and oncology journals.

I have received awards from the Swiss Ophthalmological Society (for my work in childhood eye cancer and genetics), The Association for Research in Vision (for my contributions to clinical ophthalmological research), the Helen Keller Society (for my work with blind and limited-sighted children), and the New York State Ophthalmological Society (for my humanitarian approach to patients). I have received many teaching awards, and I have received the Honor Award and the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology."
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

71  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Melanoma
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hyphema
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Leucocoria
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pars Planitis
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
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13  Procedures

  • Cornea Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

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

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  • Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Einstein Coll Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Albert Einstein College Of Medicine/Lincoln Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Abramson's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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    10 to 15 minutes
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