Dr. Lama Al-Aswad, MD

Dr. Lama Al-Aswad, MD

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Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
47 y/o
(17)

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Dr. Lama Al-Aswad, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in New York, NY. She is 47 years old and has been practicing for 24 years. Read her story

Columbia Doctors Ophthalmology

635 W 165th St

New York, NY 10032
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net

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Top Care Areas

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Glaucoma Surgery
very high
more than 92% of peers
Senile Cataracts
normal
more than 77% of peers
Eye Cancer
normal
more than 74% of peers

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Dr. Al-Aswad's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Al-Aswad "Dr. Lama A. Al-Aswad is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC. In addition to her clinical work, she currently serves as the Institute's glaucoma fellowship director, and is responsible for training both national and international glaucoma fellows. She received her medical degree from Damascus University, Syria, and completed a research fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. She went on to finish her ophthalmology residency at State University of New York, Downstate at Brooklyn where, in her last year of residency, she served as Chief Resident. She completed her Glaucoma Fellowship at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Dr. Al-Aswad served on the Medical Advisory Board for the USA ANIRIDIA NETWORK from 2004 to 2009. In addition to being a POC and Self-Assessment Panel Member (Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus) American Academy of Ophthalmology from 2004 to 2006, she also served on the Provision Development committee of the AAO from 2005 to 2006. Dr. Al-Aswad has been the director of the glaucoma screening program at Columbia University and served on the Columbia BSCS committee since 2006. She has served on a multitude of other committees as well, including the Columbia University Implementation of the Academic Tracks committee, Woman in Ophthalmology committee and Glaucoma 360 Program committee. Dr. Al-Aswad has received multiple awards, the most recent of which is Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2012 and the Visionary Award for Hospital Based Screening Programs from the Friends of the Congressional Caucus Foundation in 2011 In addition, Dr. Al-Aswad is involved in multiple clinical trials as a principle investigator or co-investigator, and has published in major peer-reviewed journals. She has published book chapters and teaching surgical videos in glaucoma as well."

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This content was provided by Dr. Al-Aswad "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "
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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
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Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Macular Hole
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Iridotomy
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal

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.

Education

  • University Of Damascus Faculty Of Med Damascus Syria
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Al-Aswad has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Al-Aswad's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Al-Aswad to family and friends
4.2
based on 17 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Al-Aswad's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in New York, NY |
Exceptional surgeon, researcher and medical educator with a big heart. Outstanding medical skills, unblemished professional integrity and a commitment to excellence and service.
New York, NY |
What a horrible experience; was referred for a a super easy and basic procedure to dr. Al-Aswad's office. Rude front desk person, time spent at the office is about 4 hours - time spent with the doctor (including procedure) is about 4 minutes . No follow up, 5 weeks later still trying to reduce the inflammation as my eye got badly scratched during the procedure. contacted my other ophthalmologist for help.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Al-Aswad accepts 37 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
    Medicaid
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareOregon
    Medicaid
  • CareSource
    Medicaid
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
    Medicaid
  • Connecticare
    Connecticare HMO
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
    GHI PPO
    Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Pathway Enhanced Guided Access
    Prism Blue Priority EPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
    Medicaid
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPlus
    Medicaid
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
    Medicaid
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    Medicaid
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Husky Health
    Medicaid
  • inHealth
    Medicaid
  • INTotal Health
    Medicaid
  • Locals (any local)
  • MagnaCare
  • Medica
    Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • MVP Health Care
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Peach State Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • POMCO Group
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
    Medicaid
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
    Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Medicaid
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia
    Medicaid

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