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Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue , 12th Floor
New York, NY 10021
(646) 962-0604
(646) 962-2020
Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology
36 Worth Street
New York, New York 10013
(646) 962-0604
(646) 962-2020

Personal Statement

Thank you for choosing Weill Cornell Medicine for your ophthalmology needs. My colleagues and I aim to provide exemplary patient care and outstanding services to all patients. I am dedicated to helping patients and families better understand their eye disease. I also participate in ground-breaking research to further knowledge and contribute to the application of new discoveries for the advancement of eye care. I offer a variety of advanced surgical procedures including cataract surgery, premium and complex cataract surgery, laser eye surgery and corneal transplantation. I am an expert in dry eye and corneal diseases, and also see patients for many general eye care needs. I am proud to be a part of one of the best academic faculties in the country and I look forward to meeting with you. 

Specialties & Expertise


  • Dry Eyes
  • Blepharitis
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Complex Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal Disease
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Transplantation, Corneal
  • Clinical Research
  • Problems With Sight
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
  • Keratoconus
  • Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK)
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis)
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)
  • Penetrating Keratoplasty
  • Corneal Cross-Linking
  • Intraocular Lens Implant

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 contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • WellCare Health Plans


Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Ophthalmologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.Sc., Queen's University (Canada), 2015
  • M.D., Queen's University Faculty of Medicine (Canada), 2011
  • B.Sc., McGill University (Canada), 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Millennial Eye Research Award 
  • American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation Excellence Award 
  • First Place Research Award, Queen’s University of Canada 
  • Ontario Medical Association Achievement Award 
  • Dr. Mark Cohen Award in Ophthalmology 
  • Inter-professional Leadership Award 


A native of Canada, Ashley Brissette MD MSc FRCSC, attended McGill University (Great Distinction) and received her medical degree and ophthalmology residency from the prestigious Queen’s University in Canada. Her dedication to research then lead her to pursue a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences with a subspecialty in Medical Education. She then completed an advanced fellowship program in cornea, cataract & laser vision correction surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Dr. Brissette has received many professional awards and research grants including the Millennial Eye Research Grant Award, the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation Excellence Award, the Ontario Medical Association Achievement Award and the Physicians Services Incorporated Research Award Grant. 

In addition to her above accolades, Dr. Brissette is an active and accomplished researcher and lecturer. She has been invited to present both nationally and internationally at conferences and hospitals around the world. Of note, her research in Dry Eye Disease was featured at the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Conference in France and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Los Angeles. She has contributed extensively to the ophthalmic literature, authoring numerous peer-reviewed papers, textbook chapters, original articles, and scientific presentations. Her research in corneal transplantation has helped to establish a national cornea donor registry in Canada. She is one of the premier researchers at Weill Cornell Ophthalmology.

Dr. Brissette is also an exceptional educator. Her master’s degree included a focus on medical education and she plays an integral role to resident and fellow education at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Brissette currently serves as the director of the cornea and external disease resident education seminars at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her passion for education is also evident in her involvement in numerous medical missions around the world. She has performed pediatric, cataract, and cornea surgery with such renowned organizations as ORBIS and the Teaching Eye Surgery Foundation. She has travelled to many countries including Peru, Vietnam, Northern Canada and Mauritius to teach eye surgery to local ophthalmologists. She is dedicated to fighting blindness, and has helped others to build the skills needed to deliver quality eye care across the world. 

Dr. Brissette is double board certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Society of Refractive Surgeons and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons among many other professional associations. 

She is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine and her practice interests include laser vision correction (LASIK, PRK), advanced cataract surgery with premium lenses (accommodating, multifocal, extended depth of focus, astigmatism correction), corneal transplantation, as well as dry eye and general ophthalmology.