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Steven E. Brooks, MD

Board Certifications: 
Expertise in: 
Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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(212) 305-9535


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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Clinical Expertise

  • Strabismus
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Strabismus
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity

Education & Training

  • MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Southern California - Los Angeles County Medical Center
  • Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center

About Steven Brooks

Steven E. Brooks, MD, ColumbiaDoctors Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Dr. Steven E. Brooks is a national leader in the field of strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). An excellent clinician and physician scientist, he has made a number of important contributions to the field, including his work on fat adherence syndrome and his description of a new modification for muscle transposition surgery in the field of strabismus, as well as his research on the mechanisms of retinal vascularization in retinopathy of prematurity.

Dr. Brooks received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center and a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Michigan W. K. Kellogg Eye Center.

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology- Fellow (1994-present)
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (1995-present)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (1989-present)
  • Buffalo Ophthalmological Society (1993-1994)
  • Medical Association of Georgia (1994-present)
  • Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (1996-2001)
  • Richmond County Medical Society (1997-2006)


  • ProVision III Committee for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (a subcommittee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Committee for Continuing Education, 1996-97).
  • Program Committee, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (6/97-6/00).
  • Council Member, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (6/98-6/01).
  • Associate Examiner for American Board of Ophthalmology oral examination (5/97).
  • Public Information Committee, American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (4/00-4/01).
  • Faculty, USA Boxing Ringside physician certification course, Colorado Springs, CO, 2004-2005.

Medical College of Georgia/Local

  • Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Medical College of Georgia (9/94-present).
    -Responsible for directing clinical service and resident teaching in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Initiated and directed construction of off-campus satellite office for pediatric ophthalmology. Recruited second pediatric ophthalmologist to faculty, 8/99.
  • Residency Program Director, MCG Department of Ophthalmology (6/98-11/99).
  • Board of Trustees, Physicians Practice Group (general membership trustee, 7/99-present).
    -Elected position. Major executive board for physician practice group.
  • MCG Committee on Animal Use in Research and Education (7/96-present).
    -Responsible for review of 1-2 animal research protocols/month.
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Ways and Means Committee (8/96-7/99).
    -Responsible for overseeing of PPG budget and investments.
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Committee on Managed/Contracted Care (11/97-7/99).
    -Responsible for review of all managed care contracts, advisory to PPG Board of Trustees and President.
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Ad Hoc Committee on Departmental Reserves (6/98-10/98).
    -Responsible for evaluating policies regarding use of department reserve funds
  • MCG Physicians Practice Group Ad Hoc Committee on Practice Plan Revenue Distribution (2/00-6/00)
    -Responsible for recommending restructuring of practice plan policies on distribution of revenue
  • MCG Department of Ophthalmology Faculty Advancement, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) Committee (2/00-5/01)
    -Responsible for reviewing faculty productivity toward promotion and tenure
  •  Medical Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates (8/99-5/01)
    -Satellite office of the MCG Department of Ophthalmology
  • Advisory Board, Reading Success, Inc., Martinez, GA (1/02-1/03).
  • Medical Executive Committee, Augusta Surgical Center (7/08-present).
  • Doctoral Thesis Committee (for Xiaolin Gu, graduate student in Cell Biology and Anatomy, MCG, 7/99-3/02)
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates (8/99-5/01)
    -Satellite office of the MCG Department of Ophthalmology
  • Advisory Board, Reading Success, Inc., Martinez, GA (1/02-1/03).
  • Medical Executive Committee, Augusta Surgical Center (7/08-present)

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Male

Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO


  • MagnaCare


  • Traditional Medicare (NY)


  • Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care




  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

250 West 64th Street
New York, New York 10023
(212) 305-9535
(212) 342-3932