Szilard Kiss, M.D.

Ophthalmology
Szilard Kiss

Szilard Kiss, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a board certified ophthalmologist with a primary focus in the surgical and medical management of adult and pediatric vitreo-retinal disorders. Dr. Kiss also provides direct supervision and instruction of Weill Cornell Medical College medical students, ophthalmology residents, and vitreo-retinal fellows.

Dr. Kiss' training began in New York City where he received his undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia College and medical school training at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Following an internal medicine internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, Dr. Kiss moved to Boston to complete an ophthalmology residency and a vitreo-retinal fellowship, both at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. During that time, Dr. Kiss was selected as the Chief Fellow of the Harvard Medical School Vitreo-Retinal Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Kiss received additional training in Madurai, India at the Aravind Eye Hospital and in Sao Paulo, Brazil as the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology Paul Kayser International Scholar.

Dr. Kiss's clinical interests include complex vitreo-retinal surgery (e.g. retinal detachment repair, epiretinal membrane pealing, macular hole repair, retained lens fragment removal), and surgical and medical treatment of age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He has published over two dozen articles including publications on innovative surgical techniques and novel treatment paradigms for retinal disorders.

Dr. Kiss was featured in a CBS special on Weill Cornell's 3D CAVE (Computer Assisted Virtual Environment), which allows doctors to see inside the human body like never before. In this segment, Dr. Kiss demonstrates how this new technology can transform the way ophthalmologists look at the retina of the eye.

His clinical and translational research focuses on four broad areas: retinal imaging (ultra-widefield imaging), ocular gene therapy, novel therapeutic targets for ocular neovascualarization, and genetic markers for retinal diseases. Dr. Kiss has participated as a co-investigator or sub-investigator in numerous clinical trials and laboratory investigations. Dr. Kiss is also highly active in professional societies. He has authored over 150 scientific publications, given nearly 100 invited lectureships worldwide, and serves as a Scientific Reviewer to a number of major journals.

Dr. Kiss is on the Editorial Board of RetinaToday and is a regular contributor to the publication. He has also been featured in a number of videos on EyeTube.net.

Dr. Kiss also has a keen interest in international healthcare and is heavily involved in research on diabetic retinopathy in countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Dr. Kiss has won numerous academic awards, including a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship, and the Paul Kayser International Fellowship and has been named to several Top Doctors lists.

He is currently accepting new patients, appointments can be made by calling 646-962-2020 or 646-962-2217, or by visiting http://www.weillcornelleye.org/.

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [HMO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [PPO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • CIGNA
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care

Publications

ORIGINAL ARTICLES

S Kiss, ES Gragoudas, TP. Dryja, FA. Jakobiec. Response of Choroidal Leiomyoma to Treatment with Proton Beam Radiation. Submitted for publication.

S Kiss, D Vavvas. 25-Gauge Transconjunctival Sutureless Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the Removal of Retained Lens Fragments and Intraocular Foreign Bodies. Retina. 2008 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]

HG Yu, X Liu, S Kiss, E Connolly, ES Gragoudas, NA Michaud, OV Bulgakov, M Adamian, MM DeAngelis, JW Miller, T Li, IK Kim. Increased Choroidal Neovascularization Following Laser Induction in Mice Lacking Lysyl oxidase-like 1. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Jun;49(6):2599-605. Epub 2008 Feb 22.

S Kiss, M. Ahmed, E Letko, CS Foster. Long-term Follow-up of Patients with Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy Treated with Corticosteroid-Sparing Systemic Immunomodulatory Therapy. Ophthalmology, 2005; 12(6) 1066-71.

S Kiss, E Letko, S Quamruddin, CS Foster: Long-term Progression, Prognosis, and Treatment of Patients with Recurrent Ocular Manifestations of Reiter’s Syndrome. Ophthalmology. 2003; 110(9):1764-9.

KT Wals, H Ansari, S Kiss, K Langton, AJ Silver, JG Odel: Simultaneous Occurrence of Neuroretinitis and Optic Perineuritis in a Single Eye. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 2003; 23(1):24-27.

S Ivanova, F Batliwalla, L Borovikova, J Mocco, S Kiss, J Huang, W Mack, A Coon, JW Eaton, Y Al-Abed, PK Gregersen, E Shohami, ES Connolly, Jr., KJ Tracey: Neuroprotection in Cerebral Ischemia by Neutralization of 3-Aminopropanal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2002; 99(8):5579-5584.

DJ Pinsky, MJ Broekman, JJ Peschon, KL Stocking, ES Connolly, Jr., J Huang, S Kiss, Y Zhang, TF Choudhri, RA McTaggart, H Liao, JHF Drosopoulos, VL Price, AJ Marcus, CR Maliszewski: Elucidation of the Thromboregulatory Role of CD39/Ectoapyrase in the Ischemic Brain. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2002; 109(8):1031-1040.

J Haung, DB Agus, CJ Winfree, S Kiss, WJ Mack, RA McTaggert, TF Choudhri, LJ Kim, J Mocco, DJ Pinsky, WD Fox, RJ Israel, TA Boyd, DW Golde, ES Connolly, Jr.: Dehydroascorbic Acid, A Blood-Brain Barrier Transportable Form of Vitamin C Mediates Potent Cerebroprotection in Experimental Stroke. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2001; 98(20):11720-11724.

J Mocco, TF Choudhri, WJ Mack, I Laufer, J Lee, S Kiss, A Poisik, DO Quest, RA Solomon, ES Connolly, Jr.: Elevation of Soluble Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1 Levels in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis. Neurosurgery, 2001; 48(4):718-21.

J Huang, TF Choudhri, CJ Winfree, RA McTaggart, S Kiss, J Mocco, LJ Kim, TS Proptopsaltis, Y Zhang, DJ Pinsky, ES Connolly, Jr.: Postischemic Cerebrovascular E-Selectin Expression Mediates Tissue Injury in Murine Stroke. Stroke 2001; 31(12):3047-3063.

DJ Wolgemuth, G Herrada, S Kiss, T Cannon, C Forstrom, LA Pranger, WP Weismann, L Pearce, B Whalon, CR Phillips: Vertebrate Development in the Environment of Space: Models, Mechanisms, and Use of the Medaka. Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin 1997; 10:97-109.

REVIEWS, CHAPTERS, AND EDITORIALS

S Kiss, Young LHY. Diagnosis and Management of Acute Retinal Necrosis. Ophthalmology Rounds. In press

S Kiss. An Update on Current Treatment of Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The Ophthalmology Report. Volume 1, Number 2 (Winter 2008).

S Kiss. Emerging Therapies for the Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The Ophthalmology Report. Volume 1, Number 2 (Winter 2008).

S Kiss, YI Leiderman, S Mukai. Diagnosis, Classification and Treatment of Retinoblastoma. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2008 Spring;48(2):135-47.

YI Leiderman, S Kiss, S Mukai. Molecular Genetics of RB1 – The Retinoblastoma Gene. Seminars in Ophthalmology, 22:247–254, 2007.

S Kiss, Young LHY. Current and Future Trends in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery. Contemporary Ophthalmology. 2007 Dec 30;6(24):1-7.

S Kiss, S Couvillion, A Moshfeghi. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Aspen Retinal Detachment Society Meeting. March 2007.

S Kiss, F Anzaar, CS Foster. Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2006 Spring; 46(2):39-55.

S Kiss. 34 year old man presents with transient loss of vision in his right eye. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology, Grand Rounds, 2005.

S Kiss, FM Damico, LHY Young. Ocular Manifestations and Treatment of Syphilis. Seminars in Ophthalmology, 2005 Jul-Sep;20(3):161-7.

S Kiss. 20 year old Hispanic woman with bilateral blurry vision, nausea, weakness and severe headaches. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology, Grand Rounds, 2005.

S Kiss, J Huang, DW Golde, DB Agus, R Israel, DJ Pinksy, ES Connolly, Jr.: Oxidized Vitamin C Crosses The Blood-Brain Barrier Via Glucose Transporters and Improves Outcome In Experimental Stroke. P&S Medical Review Winter 2000; 7(1):25.

FM Damico, S Kiss, LHY Young. Sympathetic Ophthalmia. Seminars in Ophthalmology, 2005 Jul-Sep;20(3):191-7.

FM Damico, S Kiss, LHY Young. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease. Seminars in Ophthalmology, 2005 Jul-Sep;20(3):183-90.

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

S Kiss, A Scaria, G Veres, S Wadsworth, W Hauswirth, M Lukason, C Flaxel, J Miller, I Kim. Inhibition of Retinal Neovascularization by AAV2-Mediate Gene Transfer of sFLT01 41st Annual Meeting of The Retina Society, 2008, Oral Presentation.

S Kiss, L Young, C Dohlman, D Vavvas. 23- and 25-Gauge Microcannula-Based Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the Management of Vitreoretinal Complications in Eyes with Permanent Keratoprosthesis. 22nd Annual Meeting of Nantucket Retina, 2008, Oral Presentation.

A Scaria, P Pechan, M Lukason, H Rubin, E DuFresne, T Maclachlan, M Wills, C Flaxel, I Kim, S Kiss, J Miller, G Veres, W Hauswirth, S Wadsworth. An anti-VEGF AAV Gene Therapy Approach for Neovascular Complications of Age-related Macular Degeneration - Efficacy and Safety Studies in Murine and Primate Models. XVIth Annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2008, Oral Presentation.

A Scaria, P Pechan, M Lukason, H Rubin, E DuFresne, T Maclachlan, M Wills, C Flaxel, I Kim, S Kiss, J Miller, G Veres, W Hauswirth, S Wadsworth. Long Term Expression of an Anti-VEGF Molecule for Inhibition of Ocular Angiogenesis by Intra-Ocular Gene Delivery in Murine and Primate Models. American Society of Gene Therapy, Annual Meeting, 2008, Oral Presentation.

S Kiss, D Vavvas. Removal of Retained Lens Fragments Using 25-Gauge Sutureless Vitrectomy Produces Excellent Anatomic and Visual Outcomes. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting, 2008, Poster Presentation.

GC Chang, S Kiss, C Andreoli, D Vavvas. Intraocular Foreign Body Removal Using 25-Gauge Vitrectomy Results in Excellent Anatomic and Visual Outcomes. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting, 2008, Poster Presentation.

J Comander, CM Andreoli, S Kiss, D Vavvas. Intraoperative Switch to a Temporal Approach in 25 Gauge PPV: Anatomic and Visual Outcomes and Comfort Level of Trainee Surgeons. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting, 2008, Poster Presentation.

S Kiss and DJ D’Amico. Next Generation Targets for AMD Therapy: Beyond VEGF Inhibitors. Oral Presentaion at Retina 2007: A View to the Future, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting Subspecialty Day, November 9-10, 2007.

S Kiss. Role of Bruch’s Membrane Elastic Lamina in the Development of Choroidal Neovascularization. Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology 2007 Update on Ophthalmology. Invited Speaker, June 15-16, 2007.

S Kiss, HG Yu, X Liu, E Connolly, ES Gragoudas, NA Michaud, BS Pawlyk, M Adamian, JW Miller, T Li, I Kim. Increased Choroidal Neovascular Membrane Formation in Mice Deficient in Lysyl Oxidase-Like 1 (LOXL1) Protein. The 715th Meeting of the New England Ophthalmological Society, June 2007, Poster Presentation.

S Kiss, SR Rathinam, JL Loewenstein. Clinical Presentation and Natural History of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome in Children. Combined Meeting of Club Jules Gonin and The Retina Society, 2006, Oral Presentation.

S Kiss, I Kim, S Pepin, JF Rizzo, III. Localization of Lesions in Multiple Evanescent White Dot Syndrome Using Optical Coherence Tomography. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006 47: E-Abstract 4502.

S Kiss, JF Rizzo, III, S Mukai. Peripapillary Choroidal Neovascularization in Children. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005 46: E-Abstract 4084.

S. Kiss, E. Letko, and C. Foster. Long–term Follow–up of Patients with Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy Treated with Corticosteroid–Sparing Systemic Immunosuppressive Therapy. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2004 45: E-Abstract 2666.

T Zhao, S Kiss, E Letko, S Qamruddin, and CS Foster. Long-Term Follow Up of Patients With Ocular Involvement Associated With Reiter’s Syndrome. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002 43: E-Abstract 4253.

CJ Winfree, W Mack, W McKinnell, J Huang, A D'Ambrosio, D Hoh, NM Nair, S Kiss, M Oppermann, DJ Pinsky, ES Connolly. Laser Doppler Flowmetry in Non-human Primate Stroke: Model Refinement for Pre-clinical Development of Cerebroprotective Strategies. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual Meeting, 2001, Poster Presentation.

ES Connolly, J Huang, CJ Winfree, A D'Ambrosio, W Mack, S Kiss, M Oppermann, S Popilskis, J Dobak, J Lasheras. Neuroprotection in a primate reperfused stroke model by delayed mild hypothermia induced using a novel intravascular cooling catheter. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual Meeting, 2001, Poster Presentation.

S Kiss, AJ Marcus, M Broekman, MN Nair, AL D’Ambrosio, H Liao, CR Maliszewski, ES Connolly, Jr. and DJ Pinsky. Soluble CD39 but not Aspirin Decreases Platelet Deposition and Improves Outcome in Reperfused Murine Stroke. 2000 International Stroke Conference, Poster Presentation.

J Mocco, W Mack, S Kiss, J Yorgason, J Huang, R McTaggart, T Choudhri, S Mayer, and ES Connolly, Jr. Cerebral Vasospasm as Evidenced by Transcranial Doppler is Associated with Increases in Soluble E-Selectin Levels. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual Meeting, 2000, Poster Presentation.

J Huang, K Tracey, S Ivanova, W Mack, J Mocco, R Haywood-Watson, A Coon, S Kiss, and ES Connolly, Jr. 3-Aminopropanal Levels are Elevated in Human CSF in Association With Severity of Ischemia Cerebral Injury. American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, 5th Annual Meeting, 2000, Poster Presentation.

S Ivanova, F Batliwalla, L Borovikova, J Mocco, S Kiss, J Huang, W Mack, A Coon, J Syrek, R Haywood-Watson II, PK Gregersen, ES Connolly, Jr., and KJ Tracey. Neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia by neutralization of 3-aminopropanal. Society for Neuroscience, 30th Annual Meeting 2000, Poster Presentation.

TF Choudhri, J Mocco, S Kiss, J Huang, A Poisik, R McTaggart, D Hoh, G Bernadini, S Mayer, ES Connolly, Jr. Elevated Soluble E-selectin Serum Levels in Poor-grade Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patients During Vasospasm Period. American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, 4th Annual Meeting, 1999, Poster Presentation.

TF Choudhri, J Mocco, S Kiss, J Huang, A Poisik, R McTaggert, I Laufer, G Bernadini, S Mayer, ES Connolly, Jr. Soluble Adhesion Molecules in Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Elevated sICAM-1 Levels in Patients with Vasospasm. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual Meeting, 1999, Poster Presentation.

Honors and Awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

America's Top Ophthalmologists, Consumers' Research Council of America (2010, 2011, 2012)

 

Named to Marquis Who's Who in America list (2012)

 

American Society of Retina Specialists Rhett Buckler Award (2009)

 

Pan American Association of Ophthalmology Paul Kayser International Scholar (2008)

 

Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship (2007)

 

New England Ophthalmological Society Sanford D. Hecht Research Award (2007)

 

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and The Schepens Eye Research Institute Joint Clinical Research Center Pilot Project Grant (2006 - 2008)

 

The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship (2006 - 2007)

 

American Academy of Ophthalmology Advocacy Ambassador (2006)

 

NIH T-35 Short-term Research Training Grant (2001)

 

Dr. Alfred Steiner/Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Dean's Award for Outstanding Medical Student Research (2000)

 

New York Academy of Medicine Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grant in Cardiovascular Research (2000)

 

Merck/American Federation of Ageing Research Scholarship in Geriatric Pharmacology (2000)

 

American Heart Association Student Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disease (2000)

 

Edward B. Schlesinger Fellowship in Neurological Surgery (1999 - 2000)

 

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Dean’s Research Fellowship (1998)

 

Columbia College Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (1996 & 1997)

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1995 & 1996)

 

The Rockefeller University Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1995 - 1996)

 

LICENSURE

New York Medical License

 

Massachusetts Medical License

 

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), 2003-present

 

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), 2003-present

 

Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, 2007-present

 

American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), 2006-present

 

Society of Heed Fellows, 2006-present

 

Manhattan Retina Club, 2008-present

 

Vitrectomy-Buckle Society, 2009-present

 

The Ophthalmic Laser Surgical Society (OLSS), 2009-present

 

The New York Clinical Society, 2010-present

 

Retina CONNECT, 2010-present

 

European Society of Retina Specialists, 2010-present

 

American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2011-present

 

Macula Society, Member of the Bylaws Committee, 2012-present

 

Retina Society, 2012-present