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Michelle Rhee

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  • Ophthalmology

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  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Cabrini Medical Center

  • Residency, Ophthalmology
    Eye & Ear Institute University of Pittsburgh

  • Fellowship, Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery
    New York Eye and Ear Infirmary


    Dr. Rhee evaluates and treats individuals with diseases of the cornea. She is a clinical and surgical instructor for the Mount Sinai residency program in ophthalmology, and has surgical expertise in refractive procedures such as LASIK and PRK, corneal, and cataract surgery.  Dr. Rhee is the co-director of Refractive Surgery Services at Mount Sinai.   

    Dr. Rhee has published research on the use of antibiotic therapy for ocular infections and corneal disease in top journals, including Cornea and the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Rhee serves as associate director of Ophthalmology for Mount Sinai at the Elmhurst Hospital Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and is the associate medical director of the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration of New York.  Dr. Rhee is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Rhee completed subspecialty training in diseases of the cornea and refractive surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary following a residency in ophthalmology at the Eye and Ear Institute of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rhee earned her M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine  where she was part of the Humanities and Medicine Program which offered early acceptance to a selected group of undergraduates.  She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.  Before pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Rhee studied piano, cello, and music composition at the Juilliard School in New York City.


David RA, Rhee MK. The Impact of Language as a Barrier to Effective Health Care in an Underserved Urban Hispanic Community. Mt Sinai J Med 1998; 65: 393-397.

Rhee MK, Mootha VV. Bilateral Keratoconjunctivitis Associated with Lichen Planus. Cornea 2004; 23(1): 100-105.

Rhee MK, Kowalski RP, Romanowski EG, Karenchak LM, Mah FS, Ritterband DC, Gordon YJ. A Laboratory Evaluation of Antibiotic Therapy for Ciprofloxacin-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Am J Ophthal 2004; 138(2): 226-230.

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Dr. Rhee did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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