David Ritterband

David Ritterband, MD

  • CLINICAL PROFESSOR | Ophthalmology


Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery, Ophthalmology

David C. Ritterband MD, FACS is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is currently the System Director of Refractive Surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System and the Director of the Laser Vision Correction Center at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as well as Surgeon Director at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

Dr. Ritterband received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his Doctorate in Medicine from New York Medical College, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha the Medical Honor Society. He served a transitional year internship at St. Vincent's Medical Center in New York, and completed his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College where he was elected Chief Resident. He completed his Corneal and External disease fellowship at The Eye and Ear Institute of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

A nationally recognized physician-scientist and surgeon, Dr. Ritterband dedicates his time to clinical ophthalmic care, surgery, research and teaching. He has published more than 65 peer-reviewed manuscripts; several book chapters, and over 150 research abstracts. He has been a principal investigator on numerous research protocols and is a frequent lecturer on Cornea and Refractive Surgery topics both locally and nationally.

His clinical interests include ocular infections, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, and laser refractive surgery. A committed teacher and mentor, he has trained over 32 clinical cornea fellows in the highly regarded AUPO certified corneal fellowship program at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

Dr. Ritterband has received numerous awards including an honor award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has been named to New York Magazines Best Doctors, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors, and the NY Times Magazine’s Super Doctors. He has also received six Resident teaching awards at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in the past 20 years.



Clinical Focus



MD, New York Medical College

Internship, Transitional Internship, St. Vincent's Hospital [CLOSED]

Residency, Ophthalmology, New York Medical College

Fellowship, Cornea, External Diseases, University Health Ctr of Pittsburg

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