Stephen H. Tsang, MD, PhD

Title: Clinical Geneticist, Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Location: New York, New York, United States

Stephen Tsang, Clinical Geneticist, Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education.

Dr. Tsang is an acclaimed clinical geneticist in the care of individuals with retinal degenerations, and is known worldwide for his pivotal research in reprogramming the metabolome as a therapeutic avenue. Dr. Tsang became involved in his profession because his family and upbringing, which influenced his career choice. He realized when he was an undergraduate that he wanted to go in to ophthalmology. Dr. Tsang earned both an MD and PhD at Columbia University and became a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition to being an educator at Columbia, he has served as an attending ophthalmologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Tsang has been a pioneer in genome surgery in stem cells. Most recently, he has been invited to lecture at CRISPR genome surgery workshop during the annual Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO). In his career, he has been most proud of the gene therapy treatment for Rodaxin, membrane protein, cast maculopathy and stem cell retinal disorders. In 2018, he was honored as a Young Investigator from the Macular Society and in 2016, Dr. Tsang was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation. His contributions were recognized by the 2005 Bernard Becker-Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology-Research to Prevent Blindness Award.  He is an elected member of several honorary societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Alcon Research Institute and American Ophthalmological Society. He is consistently named to various NIH study sections (DPVS standing member 2014-8) and serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of Research to Prevent Blindness. Dr. Tsang received a resident teaching award in 2008 and was the Columbia ophthalmology basic science course director from 2006 to 2011.

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